Author(s): Clinton Heylin
Van Morrison is an enigma. The legendary rock star who wrote and recorded such influential albums as Astral Weeks and Moondance and has mesmerised millions live, is also a reclusive and troubled man who'll do anything to avoid publicity. Through interviews with friends, through the music itself and through painstaking research, Clinton Heylin reveals for the first time the tensions in Morrison s life. From a Belfast childhood and marriage break up to the recording of classic songs and albums, this is Van Morrison laid bare.
Clinton Heylin is the highly acclaimed biography of Bob Dylan, whose Behind the Shades ws described by Mick Brown in the Daily Telegraph as 'the most exhaustive, balanced and intelligent account of Dylan's accomplishments that anybody is likely to provide'. His detailed account of Dylan's recording career, Behind Closed Doors, was nominated in the USA for the prestigious Ralph J.Gleason Award. He has also written a history of American punk, a history of bootlegs, and a biography of Sandy Denny. A former pupil of Manchester Grammar School, and a graduate of London and Sussex universities, he now lives in Somerset.