The Essential Nilsson

The profound musical gifts of Harry Nilsson are on full display in THE ESSENTIAL NILSSON. This two-disc set presents some of Nilsson’s most well-known songs, and includes two previously unreleased tracks, remastered tracks, and single versions.

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?

A wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary that tells the story of Harry Nilsson. Director John Scheinfeld brings added emotion and intimacy to the story with over 50 Nilsson recordings, rare or never-before-seen film clips, home movies and personal photos. The DVD also contains 93 minutes of Bonus Material Deleted Scenes, Extended Sequences, an Alternate Ending and more.

Nilsson: The Life Of A Singer-Songwriter

In this first ever full-length biography, author Alyn Shipton traces Harry Nilsson’s life from his Brooklyn childhood to his Los Angeles adolescence and his gradual emergence as a uniquely talented singer-songwriter. With interviews from friends, family, and associates, and material drawn from an unfinished autobiography, Shipton probes beneath the enigma to discover the real Harry Nilsson. The book is in stores now.

News
29
7

Biographer Alyn Shipton Talks About Harry Nilsson ‘The Perfect Singer’ – MusicRadar

Biographer Alyn Shipton Talks About Harry Nilsson ‘The Perfect Singer’ – MusicRadar

It seems that Harry Nilsson’s legacy simply won’t behave, and in some perverse way that’s fitting, because he certainly didn’t like to color inside the lines, either. His songs moved like no other pop tunes of the time, floating along on waves of wordplay and melodic intervals before, finally, caressing your funny bone or stabbing you in the heart (or both).

…Harry’s wild ride with the likes of John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and other members of rock royalty is a sizable part of the narrative of Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter, Alyn Shipton’s definitive biography on the late musician, but the author also examines Nilsson’s creative lineage with exacting detail, chronicling the impulses behind a body of work that drew the heavyweights of music into the orbit of the enigmatic and troubled singer-songwriter like moths to a flame…

Q: It’s hard to spot the influences in Harry’s music. Even in his early work, he seemed to arrive as an artist fully formed.

“Well, yes and no. I think that’s true in the sense of his subject matter and the way he delivered it was unlike anybody else. I like the idea that [music publisher] Perry Botkin described it in the book, that Harry’s idea of how to write a song didn’t depend on the same chords that everybody else used. Right away, you have somebody who’s thinking of songs in a new way.

Read more of MusicRadar’s interview with biographer Alyn Shipton.

Comments