Take me home : an autobiography

by Denver, John.

Format: Print Book 1994
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Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Boy, talk about looks being deceiving. The smiling, bespectacled singer-songwriter who gave us such good-time hits as "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" is actually an awkward, insecure loner fighting the demons of his relationships with his father, his wife, and his agent, to name three. Denver, who was born Henry John Deutschendorf, an air force brat, had a Great Santini-like relationship with his father and apparently a very unhappy childhood, during which he saw injustices done to those weaker than himself but felt powerless to stop it. Although he does mention how he came to write some of his biggest hits, including "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Annie's Song," and "Take Me Home, Country Roads," fans will be disappointed that he doesn't expand more on the songwriting. Denver also feels strongly about environmental issues, but entertainment buffs may feel a little slighted by just passing references to personalities like David Crosby and Harry Chapin and the virtual nonexistence of the singer's biggest film role, namely, that opposite George Burns in Oh God! In other words, forget about a music biz tell-all; Denver chooses, instead, to exorcise his psychological demons throughout, and although it's kind of interesting, it's far from far-out. ~--Joe Collins"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Singer-songwriter Denver, now 50, uses this self-indulgent autobiography to review his career and muse about the naïveté that has characterized his personal and professional life. Writing with freelancer Tobier, he describes a troubled relationship with conservative, middle-class parents, the failure of his two marriages, deception by a manager and his admiration for people like Werner Erhard of est, Wernher von Braun of the National Space Institute and architect Buckminster Fuller, who he claims have inspired his efforts on behalf of the environment and other causes. In spite of his great success as a performer and his accomplishments as a social activist, Denver, who derives the book's title from his song ``Take Me Home, Country Roads,'' says he is still trying to find himself, and he wallows in a great deal of soul searching and simplistic philosophizing, none of which makes for engrossing reading. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Denver, John.
Country musicians -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Harmony Books,1994
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Tobier, Arthur.
Language English
Description xxiii, 262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes discography (pages 251-255) and index.
ISBN 0517595370 :
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