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REVIEW: More Room in a Broken Heart: The True Adventures of Carly Simon

Book by Stephen Davis


 

REVIEW: More room in a broken heartDespite having hits like Anticipation and You’re So Vain, Carly Simon’s appeal has always been mixed up with other, non-musical elements: her troubled marriage to James Taylor, a family background that combined privilege with pain, romances with stars like Warren Beatty and (possibly) Mick Jagger, and the world’s most famous case of stage fright. As one weary manager put it, “Every moment of her career was a drama.”

Veteran journalist Stephen Davis is a long-time friend of the Simon family—which may have been a blessing and a curse. A reader can feel the author’s loyalty to the Simons (“Thanksgiving, 2009. Carly appears on the Care Bears float at the Thanksgiving Day parade … ”) doing battle with the great imperative of a rock biography: to dish. He doesn’t disappoint. We get the furious phone call from Bianca Jagger to James Taylor (“My husband and your fiancée are having an affair”) and details of Simon’s lunches with friend Jackie Onassis (“Jackie loved to eat”). We get the singer’s admission that during a fling with Jeremy Irons (“I think it was the first time I really ‘did’ cocaine”) she became pregnant. Simon lived the sexual revolution of the ’70s, inside and out. Then she sold the rights to Anticipation for $50,000 to a ketchup ad.

Davis pays scrupulous attention to her musical career, but Simon still comes across as a hothouse diva and a world-class narcissist. After her first child was born and she was back in shape, Simon explained to a reporter why she chose a sexy cover image for her new album. “There was this sort of, ‘Oh, my God. Here’s this body again,’ and I sort of got … turned on by it.” Mick Jagger may have had similar thoughts about himself, but he was too crafty to voice them. Simon had a radical, girlish openness that helped her songs connect with fans. But for a reader encountering her on the page, it can get cringe-worthy.


 

REVIEW: More Room in a Broken Heart: The True Adventures of Carly Simon

  1. From Carly’s facebook page…

    ~~~We have been receiving a lot of questions regarding an Unauthorized biography of Carly Simon, that is coming out this month: More Room In A Broken Heart – The True Adventures of Carly Simon by Stephen Davis.

    Carly wants to be sure that her fans know that, regardless of what the publisher of the book is advertising, she had nothing to do with the creation of this book and she does not support it …in any way. She was not interviewed for this book. There are numerous factual errors, fictional stories, made-up quotes, and “clipped” stories from other books and magazines. We hope you had a great holiday season and are ready for 2012. We are excited for this upcoming year and can’t wait to tell you about what Carly has planned!~~~Rethink your review Marni, the book is a fiction.
    We have been receiving a lot of questions regarding an Unauthorized biography of Carly Simon, that is coming out this month: More Room In A Broken Heart – The True Adventures of Carly Simon by Stephen Davis.Carly wants to be sure that her fans know that, regardless of what the publisher of the book is advertising, she had nothing to do with the creation of this book and she does not support it …in any way. She was not interviewed for this book. There are numerous factual errors, fictional stories, made-up quotes, and “clipped” stories from other books and magazines. We hope you had a great holiday season and are ready for 2012. We are excited for this upcoming year and can’t wait to tell you about what Carly has planned!
    ~~~

    Rethink your review Marni, the book is a fiction.