Can You Feel the Silence?: Van Morrison: A New Biography Part poetic visionary, part misanthropic crank, Van Morrison has long had a rep for being as difficult as his most challenging music. Clinton Heylin had… Can You Feel the Silence?: Van Morrison: A New Biography Part poetic visionary, part misanthropic crank, Van Morrison has long had a rep for being as difficult as his most challenging music. Clinton Heylin had… 2003-09-01 Biography Chicago Review
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Can You Feel The Silence?: Van Morrison: A New Biography (2003)

Can You Feel the Silence?: Van Morrison: A New Biography | ON THE 'BRIGHT SIDE' Silenced Morrison only THREATENED to sue the author
ON THE 'BRIGHT SIDE' Silenced Morrison only THREATENED to sue the author
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Details Release Date: Sep 01, 2003; Writer: Clinton Heylin; Genre: Biography; Publisher: Chicago Review

Part poetic visionary, part misanthropic crank, Van Morrison has long had a rep for being as difficult as his most challenging music. Clinton Heylin had zero cooperation from Van the Man (who, in fact, threatened to sue for libel) but nonetheless produces a terrific, detailed look at his subject's life in Can You Feel The Silence?: Van Morrison: A New Biography culled from interviews with Morrison's ex-bandmates, associates, and former wife Janet Planet. Particularly fascinating is the portrait of the artist as a young R&B fan in Belfast, where he led the proto -- garage band Them and wrote the enduring pulp classic ''Gloria.'' Silence should prove indispensable for Morrisonites -- and a must for anyone who enjoys tales of tortured stars behaving badly.

Originally posted Sep 19, 2003 Published in issue #729 Sep 19, 2003 Order article reprints