The definitive biography of musician Harry Chapin, a modern-day Woody Guthrie, selfless humanist, and poet laureate to cabdrivers, housewives, and commonfolk alike, written by a longtime friend and confidant. Chapin is known for his ballads and "story songs", among them his signature song, the hugely popular "Taxi". He died in an auto crash in 1981, just as his fame was buThe definitive biography of musician Harry Chapin, a modern-day Woody Guthrie, selfless humanist, and poet laureate to cabdrivers, housewives, and commonfolk alike, written by a longtime friend and confidant. Chapin is known for his ballads and "story songs", among them his signature song, the hugely popular "Taxi". He died in an auto crash in 1981, just as his fame was burgeoning and his albums were selling out in record stores. Though the broader recognition due him has been late in coming, his music, his beliefs, and his social activism are now widely appreciated by increasing numbers of fans here and abroad....
|Title||:||Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story|
|Number of Pages||:||480 Pages|
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Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story Reviews
It wasn't the best written book, but I loved Harry Chapin and enjoyed learning more about him.
A must read for any Harry Chapin fan. It will reiterate your interest in him for the music he made and for the type of person he was.
"I never had a sense I was going to be star-crossed, or had a destiny. But I always had a sense of hunger, of desire, that life was to be used." -Harry Chapin"Still, I had a vision that there should be some moments od absolute effortlessness where all the happy-ending movies came true. Where you were living a musical, where, at the right moment, the girl came around the corner, the orchestra struck up a beautiful chord, the camera rolled and focused on her gorgeous eyes and she smiled at you, and then, for the first time, you knew everything was right with the world." -Harry Chapin"You know, Jim, when someone tells me something can't be done, what they're really saying is that they can't do it. That doesn't mean I can't." -Harry Chapin"Nothing is worthwhile unless you are involving other people in an experience where they are stimulated to have an experience of their own...I believe that because you learn to fly doesn't mean that you go off on your own trip. You have the personal responsibility to turn around and reach out your hand to teach somebody else to fly too." -Sandy Chapin"I believe the genius of America is a collective genius of all different kinds of people working together, maybe having to make some compromises, but arriving at decisions on an open basis rather than have small groups of leaders sit in board rooms and make decisions for all of us." -Harry Chapin"Well my basic message is involvment. Selfishness doesn't score. History isn't changed by a bunch of people sitting safely in their rooms." -Harry Chapin"But then I started to realize that, like anything else, you have to do things and not assume there's going to be one moment when it all falls into place. It's an effort if I'm going to be a person who wants to do things, and that when things are not easy I still do 'em and not find excuses." -Harry Chapin"I was working on the external agenda of being an institutionalized good guy. But I realized I wasn't solving my personal questions. I realized you can be a hero to the world, profit the multitudes and still be a louse or a nonfactor in terms of home." -Harry Chapin"It was like the encore of a play, with all the cast marshaled for the final curtain call."
Great singer. Great humanitarian. Unfortunately the biography itself is not nearly as intriguing as Harry Chapin deserved. It's simply a chronological nearly run-on recitation that's, at best, very basic on every literary level. The writing lacks imagination. And it definitely needed a good editor and an even better proofreader. Having said all that, just listen to Chapin's music. It tells so many great stories and almost every one of them is better than the book about the man. How sad.
I read this book in my freshman year of high school as part of our "Person of the Millennium" project. I have been listening to Harry Chapin's records for years and I believe he is one of the finest songwriters of all time. I found his biography to be as engaging as his songs. The only reason why gave this book a 4 instead of a 5 is because I question the accuracy of some of the passages.
It took me many years to be objective about his song "Cat's in the Cradle" because it was so overplayed on the new FM stations of his day. Now it sounds timeless and relevant. His short life was fascinating, with his approach to life not quite what one would expect. His humanitarian efforts preceded Bono by 30 years and were about as effective, unfortunately.
One star short...informative, fed my interest, stoked my musical and socially-conscious heart, but it lacked the poetry I know was part of Harry Chapin's soul.
I don't read much nonfiction, but I was interested to learn more about Chapin's life. The book paints an interesting picture of an unusual man, and it adds more meaning to his music for me.
I've read this before, at least twice, and am moved every time by the words, by the man, and by the man's words.