BOYS IN THE TREES: A MEMOIR by Carly Simon
Boys in the Trees: A Memoir by Carly Simon
Carly Simon's life and career is one of the last great untold stories of popular music. Her lyrics -- sung in that instantly recognizable husky, powerful voice -- are deeply personal, and yet her songs resonate with millions, providing the sound track for generations. With her long-awaited memoir, Boys in the Trees, Simon reveals the thoughts and experiences that made her a cultural icon. Intimate, candid, and told with a poet's ear for language, Simon's memoir explores the universal themes and currents running through her life -- unrequited love, family strife, longing, joy, betrayal, heartache, resilience -- that speak to us all. In this probing examination of the first three decades of her life, Simon wrestles with, and captures, the endless ambiguity of emotions and relationships , never sanding down the interesting edges.
The third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, Carly had a storied childhood that was a whirlwind of Manhattan dinner parties with the cultural elite, summers spent in Connecticut and on the beaches of Martha's Vineyard, and family time steeped in music and the arts. But this bright facade hid darker secrets of sexual impropriety, dubious business dealings, and shifting allegiances that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon's respite was music, but performing was a double-edged sword: The limelight provided the attention she thought she needed to emerge from the shadow of her two glamorous older sisters, but it also triggered the terrible stutter and stage fright that would plague her all her life.
From her musical debut as half of the Simon Sisters, performing folk songs with her sister in Greenwich Village, to opening for Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens, and other major stars to a legendary solo career, Simon's domination of the musical landscape was epic. Her wild rise was matched by a passionate, turbulent personal life. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyric, as did her storybook marriage -- and its public demise -- to fellow superstar James Taylor.
Honest, profound, and poetic, Boys in the Trees is a brilliant and revealing account of the early life experiences that inspired her now-classic songs. It is a beautiful and moving examination of the spark of creative inspiration and an unforgettable self-portrait by one of our greatest musical talents.
Flatiron Books, Hardcover, 2015
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