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.

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How Harry Nilsson’s Childhood Inspired Great Songs – The Huffington Post

How Harry Nilsson’s Childhood Inspired Great Songs – The Huffington Post

In a recent piece in The Huffington Post U.K., biographer Alyn Shipton covers Harry Nilsson and writing the new book Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter, in stores now:

Born into a large boisterous Irish-American Brooklyn family, and abandoned by his father just months after his birth, Nilsson drew on the appalling poverty and deprivations of his childhood to write some of the most compelling songs of the 1960s and 70s. … As well as incorporating graphic images of his childhood into his songs, Nilsson was also an escapist. He also loved to explore “dreams and wishes” in his lyrics, and anybody knowing his story can hardly help the tug on their heartstrings from hearing “Let me tell you ’bout my best friend”, exploring all the things that boys and their dads share in a happy childhood.

… Right through his life, Nilsson went on pouring his life and experiences into his lyrics, and there are few artists whose life can be traced, song by song, album by album, as graphically as his. His experiences … all find their way into one of the most fascinating collections of music of the latter half of the 20th century.

Read more at The Huffington Post.

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