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Van Morrison by Johnny Rogan
Book DescriptionReclusive, difficult and enigmatic, Van Morrison is a gifted singer-songwriter and an endlessly complicated man. In Van Morrison: No Surrender, Johnny Rogan has produced a provocative and revelatory biography of the musician, analysing the sense of place in his work and the tortuous journey that took him from local fame in Belfast to international success. Set against the cultural and political backdrop of Belfast, before, during and after the Troubles, No Surrender offers a unique and penetrating perspective on Morrison's long career and the times that made him. This paperback edition includes a new epilogue.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099431831
(198mm x 130mm x 29mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Johnny Rogan
Morrissey & Marr, Paperback / softback (August 2016)
The classic Smiths biography Morrissey didn't want you to read, now updated
Ray Davies, Paperback (March 2016)
In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit 'You Really Got Me'. Within months, they were established among the pop elite, swamped by fans and fast becoming renowned for the rioting at their gigs. Based on countless interviews, this biography presents an intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies.
Morrissey and Marr, Paperback (June 2012)
Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance is among the most successful - and controversial - rock biographies ever published. Twenty years after it's original publication, Johnny Rogan has written a completely revised edition.
Byrds: Requiem for the Timeless, Hardback (November 2011)» View all books by Johnny Rogan
The Byrds' story is one of the most dramatic in rock history, full of intrigue, hedonism and tragic death. Johnny Rogan has interviewed all the major participants over decades, including many now dead. The result is one of the most provocative and critically revered books in its field.
US Kirkus Review » Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz. This comprehensiveness is particularly impressive considering that, in the more than 600 pages from music biographer Rogan (Neil Young, not reviewed), there is nary a word directly from the reclusive Morrison's lips. Rogan's analyses of Morrison's musical palette, critical standing and public image are exhaustive yet never exhausting. Juggling social, political, musical, psychological and personal elements, he creates a shape-shifting portrait of the artist, whom he notes is, at his core, obdurate, independent, passionate, adventurous, blunt and spiritually uneasy. Among the book's many riveting topics: Morrison's embryonic intensity and raw, bluesy sexuality; his interlude in Woodstock while the Bogside burned; his gypsy apotheosis; and his Janus-like qualities. Most fascinating, however, is the author's exploration of Morrison's hometown, Belfast, which informed the musician's "no surrender" attitude. This child of the '60s, who has displayed "poor communication skills, aggressive impatience, and absence of empathy," hoped for peace between his Catholic and Protestant neighbors and is not, in any case, a political animal. It was all about the music, singing with the ache of gospel and the joy of love, sharing the deep-running sentiment of his youth. Sprightly despite its amplitude, a narrative of propulsive drive that is also a reflective, associative piece of social history. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Johnny Rogan
Johnny Rogan has been called 'pop's most eccentric biographer, a fanatical searcher after truth'. He is the author of sixteen books, including books on the Byrds, Roxy Music, the Kinks, the Smiths, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and John Lennon. His work has been acclaimed endlessly in print and on radio and television.
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