When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel
When Paul Met Artie: The Story of Simon & Garfunkel
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Annotation: Long before they became one of the most beloved and successful duos of all time, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were just two kids growing up in Queens, New York -- best friends who met in a sixth-grade production of Alice in Wonderland and bonded over girls, baseball, and rock'n'roll.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #155824
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Litchfield, David,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-8174-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-8174-6
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2018936981
Dimensions: 31 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
With the recognition of Bob Dylan's award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, there is renewed interest in the music of the sixties. Two boys from Queens become best friends, connected by their love of music and interest in rock 'n' roll. Artie Garfunkel, called "The Voice" for his hypnotic sound, inspired Paul Simon to learn to play the guitar and write songs. Eventually, the duo became a cultural icon, captivating a generation with their infectious harmonies. Influenced by Elvis, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and other folk singers, they produced their number-one hit "The Sound of Silence" after the assassination of JFK; the song broke all records, outselling even the Beatles. Neri conveys the spirit of those times through a text compiled from interviews with the two singers and other sources. Back matter offers additional information, while the oversize format allows room for the extensive free-verse text. Appealing, digitally created full-bleed illustrations capture in detail city streets, the two young boys, their later stardom, and their famous 1981 concert in Central Park.
Horn Book
Neri's pleasantly nostalgia-drenched picture-book biography explores Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's meeting of musical minds. Although it's not especially lyrical, the quite-lengthy text is laid out like verse, and this, compounded by the outsize book's almost-square dimensions, creates the look of song lyrics on a record sleeve. The heavily retro vibe is reinforced by plenty of visual motifs that leave readers feelin' groovy. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
Two boys from New York City briefly but spectacularly captured the spirit of 1960s music.Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel grew up in the same traditional white, Jewish Queens neighborhood in the 1950s. They both loved to listen to the radio and sing. Meeting each other in school led to friendship and the realization that their two voices created a magical harmony. Their journey to success was difficult, with more downs than ups, but eventually—in the turbulent years of the '60s—they created the sound that still resonates among so many of their generation. Neri's free-verse narrative is compelling to read and written with deep admiration for the duo. Each segment of their lives is presented in a two-page spread headlined by one of their song or album titles. Litchfield's digitally created art beautifully captures streets, bridges, and neighborhoods in New York along with depictions of their performances and of those by singers who influenced them, such as Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. Music lovers and fans will delight in sharing this book with young family and friends and will surely appreciate the listing of musical connections of songs and singers that were important in their musical partnership. Part nostalgia, part history, and all tuneful. (afterword, discography, bibliography, musical connections) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)
Publishers Weekly
Neri tells the endearing story of the sometimes rocky partnership between folk rock duo Simon and Garfunkel, beginning as children in Queens. Vignettes detail formative events in the boys- lives, the words displayed on the pages like song lyrics and paired with song titles like -The Only Living Boy in New York- and -The Sound of Silence.- Litchfield-s images show their evolution from gawky boys into young adults wearing their iconic mock turtlenecks and staid expressions. When Simon records a solo album without telling Garfunkel, it causes a rift, and the two part ways-until they cross paths on the Queensboro Bridge and reconnect: -Like slipping/into an old coat,/ they start singing/ Paul-s new songs/ together.- Neri gently underscores how, while Simon and Garfunkel found lasting fame, they began as friends who loved singing together. Ages 9-12. Author-s agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Illustrator-s agent: the Bright Agency. (Mar.)

Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 6,419
Reading Level: 5.8
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.8 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 196943 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.4 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q73212
Lexile: 920L
Guided Reading Level: X
Fountas & Pinnell: X

From childhood friendship to brief teenage stardom, from early failures to musical greatness — the incredible story of how Simon & Garfunkel became a cherished voice of their generation.

Long before they became one of the most beloved and successful duos of all time, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were just two kids growing up in Queens, New York — best friends who met in a sixth-grade production of Alice in Wonderland and bonded over girls, baseball, and rock ’n’ roll. As teens, they practiced singing into a tape recorder, building harmonies that blended their now-famous voices until they sounded just right. They wrote songs together, pursued big-time music producers, and dreamed of becoming stars, never imagining how far their music would take them. Against a backdrop of street-corner doo-wop gangs, the electrifying beginnings of rock ’n’ roll, and the rise of the counterculture folk music scene, G. Neri and David Litchfield chronicle the path that led two young boys from Queens to teenage stardom and back to obscurity, before finding their own true voices and captivating the world with their talent. Back matter includes an afterword, a discography, a bibliography, and a fascinating list of song influences.

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