By David Wild
He Is...I Say examines Neil Diamond’s singular position within the pantheon of well known song. David Wild—who’s interviewed Diamond for Rolling Stone, penned the lining notes to a couple of Diamond’s anthologies, and produced Diamond’s scandal-free episode of in the back of the Music—now dares to show on his “Heartlight,” providing a relocating and sometimes hilarious salute to his personal Jewish Elvis, one in keeping with his interviews from through the years with the Solitary guy himself.An illuminating picture of a cherished American icon, He Is...I Say endearingly speaks to the of being a Diamondhead in a hipper-than-thou global, whereas absolutely illustrating precisely what it's that makes the guy and the artist so targeted.
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Qxd:0306817847-Wild 16 | 8/26/08 3:49 PM Page 16 HE IS . . I SAY pushover in the working pop culture press. Over the years that followed, I would get to hang often with Julio . . Iglesias. I would bond beautifully with Barry . . Manilow. I’d even wing around the world for a time with Paul and the lovely Linda . . yes, McCartney. In each case, I would discover that simply giving a fair hearing is often the perfect gift for the superstar who has absolutely everything except the sort of critical appreciation that rarely seems to arrive in print.
One of us would go on to make music history. The other would, with considerable difficulty, eventually learn how to make lunch. ” The other would write very little of note and, for the worse part of a decade, remain a solitary and horny man. Which of us, you wonder rhetorically, was which? You do the math, because math was never one of my better subjects. qxd:0306817847-Wild 8/26/08 3:49 PM Page 45 Street Life | 45 The summer before they would both start college at New York University, two good-looking and agile young Jewish pals from Brooklyn— Neil Diamond and Herb Cohen—did something considerably more predictable than thrust and parry in competitive fencing.
You might remember us. We’re those spoiled bums who were raised in relative affluence in the suburbs, sent to the finest of schools, both public and private. We were then handed every opportunity to freely pursue our varied interests, sent off to the colleges of our choice where we joined co-ops or those frats and sororities that would never have admitted our parents. Without the enormous pressure to succeed, some of us grew fat, lazy, and even bohemian. When we screwed up, which we did frequently, we did so knowing full well that Mom and Dad would most likely be there to bail us out and ensure that we’d always know from where our next bong or futon was coming.