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Philip Norman, He Knows Rockers Like No One Else
Philip knew how to look into the very soul of those he was writing about.
Rock Biographer, Extraordanaire
I remember a number of years ago reading a biography of Elton John that was researched and written by rock biographer, Philip Norman titled, Elton John. Of all the things I have read on Elton John, Philip Norman's book was the best researched and most detailed portrait on this rock legend. Philip Norman is not just a biographer, but a very detail oriented observer of the people he writes about.
Born in 1943, Philip Norman, the son of Clive Norman, who ran the Seagull Ballroom at the end of Ryde Pier, started to take an interest in rock personalities the night Buddy Holly died, February 3, 1959. Philip grew up with a long suffering mother, and an estranged father. Elements in the life of a young person, that would make them not only less trusting, but more observant as well. Philip Norman started out as a journalist back in the sixties, and wrote for Sunday London Times. Philip was assigned to write and investigate the break up of the Beatle's own business, Apple Corporation. Years later Philip wrote the biographies of various rock legends. The legends include: The Beatles, John Lennon, Elton John, The Rolling Stones and Buddy Holly. He has also wrote an autobiography, title the Skater Waltz, as well as two plays, and several works of fiction.
What I admire about Norman's style is his attention to detail when doing a biography. He does not only describe the person he is writing about in detail, but he also describes every person related to the life of that individual in detail as well. It like walking through a movie of the person being chronicled. He did such a marvelous job out of chronicling Elton John's life, that Elton even granted Philip an interview. This interviewed was a truly deserved accolade for an outstanding biographical work. Norman, is an investigative reporter in the truest sense. He has a keen, inquisitive mind, and the ability to make even the smallest detail interesting.
Norman does an incredible job, of looking into at the very heart of the people, he is writing about. He has way of making his subjects come alive on paper. He doesn't only portray the person, who performs before audiences, or sells millions of albums. He writes a fantastic portrayal of his subject's humble beginnings, and all the people that made up that their successes. Being the skilled investigative reporter, that he is, he answers many questions that the reader may have about the rock celebrity he is chronicling.
So If you are interested in learning about one of the rock legends, Mr. Norman has done such an outstanding job of chronicling, or just want to take a walk down memory lane, consider reading one of Philip Norman's works. For a complete listing of Norman's works just go to the following link: http://www.librarything.com/author/normanphilip. You will be impressed by the quality of Norman's research, and ability to make each and everyone of his subjects come to life.