Sweet Caroline

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Submitter: Look at that head of hair! Neil Diamond has taken on a new legend here in Boston. Sweet Caroline is played at every Red Sox game. Kids in New England do know who he is. Elsewhere around the country, probably not. It might make sense for a local library here to have a juvenile bio on him. With that said, I would hope [they] would have a more updated history on him.

Holly: Sure, libraries in the Boston area probably do have Neil Diamond biographies. Libraries in Brooklyn  might too, since that’s his birthplace. In fact, he’s still popular nationwide, and actively performing and recording, so he’s not a horrible choice for a public library anywhere (though more likely of interest to adults than children). I, too, hope that libraries sporting Neil Diamond books have something more current than this. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but he doesn’t look like the cover of this book anymore. Still a handsome fella, mind you, but not quite as much hair.

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  1. You could probably find some takers at a book sale, if you prop it open at page 16 for those in search of groovy retro artwork! That illustration is the essence of the 1970s right there.

  2. I’m not sure Neil EVER looked like the cover of that book. That picture makes him look like Rick Springfield’s evil twin.

  3. I wonder how much extra it would have cost the publisher to have included photographs. Those drawings … ugh.

    1. Looks as though the same artist did the entire series. Otherwise I’d think that photos would have been cheaper. (I never thought of Neil Diamond as having great YA appeal, the group for which the series was written. Well, actually, for ‘tweens, but they didn’t have ‘tweens in those days.)

  4. Glad I’m not the only one confused by that cover art. I’m seeing a little Eddie Izzard, a little David Johanson of the New York Dolls – but definitely no Neil.
    And now “I Am I Said” is gonna be playing in my head for the rest of the day……not that that’s a bad thing 🙂

  5. I have the book in the series about the band Chicago, and trust me, the artwork is just as creepy as this. One of the illustrations is a reworking of one of the posters in their 1971 Carnegie Hall album, and all I can say is…eeeep.

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