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Eternal Troubadour: The Improbable Life of Tiny Tim (Anglais) Broché – 1 septembre 2015

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As Bing Crosby once put it, Tiny Tim represents one of the most phenomenal success stories in show business . In 1968, after years of playing dive bars and lesbian cabarets on the Greenwich Village scene, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bob Dylan and Lenny Bruce, the forty-something falsetto-voiced, ukulele-playing Tiny Tim landed a recording contract with Sinatra s Reprise label and an appearance on NBC s Laugh-In. The resulting album, God Bless Tiny Tim, and its single, Tip-toe Thru The Tulips With Me , catapulted him to the highest levels of fame. Soon, Tiny was playing to huge audiences in the USA and Europe, while his marriage to the seventeen-year-old Miss Vicki was broadcast on The Tonight Show in front of an audience of fifty million. Before long, however, his star began to fade. Miss Vicki left him, his earnings evaporated, and the mainstream turned its back on him. He would spend the rest of his life trying to revive his career, with many of those attempts taking a turn toward the absurd. But while he is often characterized as an oddball curio, Tiny Tim was a master interpreter and student of early American popular song, and his story is one of Shakespearean tragedy framed around a bizarre yet loveable public persona. Here, drawing on dozens of new interviews, years of never-before-seen diaries, and extensive original research, author Justin Martell brings that story to life with the first serious biography of one of the most fascinating yet misunderstood figures in popular music.

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Justin Martell is an independent filmmaker and writer. Considered 'one of America's foremost experts' on Tiny Tim, he has consulted on and contributed liner notes to two posthumous Tiny Tim releases, I've Never Seen A Straight Banana (Collector's Choice, 2009) and Lost and Found: Volume 1 (Secret Seven Records, 2011). In 2013, he put outa previously unreleased Tiny Tim track on a limited-edition Edison wax cylinder, which Time.com dubbed the 'most retro recordrelease ever'.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As encyclopedic an overview as the subject himself was about music 21 février 2016
Par Bill - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Tiny Tim fans [as well as popular music aficionados] rejoice! At long last, THE book about all things Mr. Tim has arrived, and we are the richer for it.
From his New York beginnings where the seeds of musical interest were planted by endless hours of listening to crooners from the turn of the [last] century to a long, hard climb up the success ladder in Hollywood and beyond to his final years of working and living in the mid-west, Mr. Martell and Ms. McDonald have exhaustively chronicled the life and times of the 'eternal troubadour,' as the late Martin Sharp called him.
In one volume, the authors have gathered together the recollections of dozens of insiders, along with Tiny Tim's own unique perspective on his life and times.
It is a journey through a short, fully lived life that I suspect will become THE source for the last word on the wonderful world of Tiny Tim.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Improbable 13 novembre 2016
Par Arvo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Incredibly detailed account. The author is clearly a true fanatic. Over 100 interviews, several years of diary entries are sourced, this is an exhaustive account. I personally liked the journalistic balance in which the biography was written. It was in a sort of cold, "just the facts, ma'am" manner, which I like. The author took no liberties as to his/her opinions. Most often, the only reflections are merely to observe from others' quotations who knew him.

One thing I also appreciated, was that it seems as if equal balance was given to the entire life of Tiny Tim, whereas other biographies tend to focus on the juicy stuff and gloss over the rest of it. The fame of 1968 was, to me, not so much more interesting than the rest of his life, and I was glad that there was so much more comprehension going on after that throughout these pages. Eternal Troubador was definitely a page-turner, and is recommended for anyone with even a vague interest in Tiny Tim, outsiders, or anachronisms in general.

The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars was because there must've been around 3 dozen grammatical errors and typos, about 10 per 100 pages, even in passages regarding his death. Also, as Dr. Demento suggested, where's the index!?!?

If you can get past that, you'd surely enjoy the book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful story of compassion and love 23 juin 2016
Par anne - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Derek and Steve's big hearts shine out of every page in this book. An inspiring story of how one small, surreptitious act of love changed and is changing hundreds of thousands of lives. A simple example of being the change you want to see.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 good thing I was given access to kindle version 11 juin 2016
Par G. Rarang - Publié sur Amazon.com
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the contents are well researche3d, if you can read the prints, it is so lightly printed that the words are hardly readable, good thing I was given access to kindle version
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 DEFINITIVE! 15 février 2016
Par Ben - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Over ten years in the making, this book is the definitive history of Tiny Tim and his unique place in popular culture. Incredibly detailed, Martell has left no stone unturned documenting not only the height of Tiny's success but also the early years of struggle and ridicule and the later years when Tiny toiled in obscurity. Riviting from start to finish, I can't recommend this book enough!
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