Can You Feel the Silence?

Can You Feel the Silence?
Can You Feel the Silence?

Can You Feel the Silence?

Van Morrison: A New Biography
By Clinton Heylin


576 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.99 (US $24.99)

ISBN 9781556525421

Rights: US

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2004)

Price: $24.99
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A definitive biography of a troubled musical genius
This groundbreaking biography of a brilliant but disturbed performer explores the paradox of the man and the artist. Based on more than 100 interviews, this intelligent profile explores Morrison’s roots; the hard times he went through in London, New York, and Boston; the making of his seminal albums such as Moondance and Astral Weeks; and the disastrous business arrangements that left Morrison hungry and penniless while his songs were topping the charts. Detailed are the breakdown of Morrison’s marriage, the creative drought that followed, and his triumphant reemergence. In addition, this biography attempts to explain the forbidding aspects of Morrison's persona, such as paranoia, hard drinking, misanthropy, as well as why, in the words of his onetime singing partner Linda Gail Lewis, Morrison’s music “brings happiness to other people, not him.” Also included is a Van Morrision sessionography that spans 1964 to 2001.


"Entreatingly chatty . . . Deepens the enigma and gives the tortured genius myth a kick in the Astral Weeks."  Village Voice

“Absorbing, intriguing, thought-provoking, [Can You Feel The Silence is] overflowing with interviews from across the Morrison time spectrum.”  —Johnny Rogan, author, Morrissey & Marr and Timeless Flight

“Heylin is a thorough biographer [who allows] a picture [to] emerge of a man to whom the world is either an audience, or it is nothing.”  —Charles Shaar Murray, author, Crosstown Traffic

Author Biography

Clinton Heylin is the author of Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades, Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry, Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, and No More Sad Refrains: The Life and Times of Sandy Denny.