‘Fire and Rain’ Book Review

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on August 8, 2011
James Garrett/<i>NY Daily News </i>archive Paul McCartney (with wife Linda and their children) is one of the musical artists profiled in 'Fire & Rain.'

Fire and Rain
By David Browne
Hardcover, 369 pages ($26)

As the ’70s dawned, a new decade was ushered in with the Kent State shootings, the drama of Apollo 13, the beginning of the “green” movement, and a massive wave of ’60s rock fans facing the prospect of turning 30. The author, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, looks at the transitional moment through the prism of four iconic musical acts—the Beatles, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young—that each dealt, in different ways, with their own seismic shifts. For music fans, modern-history buffs and pop-culture junkies, it’s a fact-filled, insight-rich look at the beginnings of an era in which America grew up in more ways than one.

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