More Room in a Broken Heart: The True Adventures of Carly Simon by Stephen Davis is a life story of one of America’s most beloved and best-known songstresses. Music journalist Stephen Davis is a friend of Simon’s brother. He grew up visiting the Simon home, watching Carly’s career evolve.
An intimate portrait of Carly Simon
Carly Simon has won two Grammys and an Academy Award. Her albums have sold more than forty million copies. She was born into privilege as the daughter of the founder of Simon&Schuster, Richard Simon, but then she rose to fame on her talent for singing what was in women’s hearts.The book details Simon’s career from her early debut as one of the folk singing Simon Sisters to having Bob Dylan rewrite a song for her that finally launched her career. Davis details all of Simon’s hits as well as her professional and personal collaborations.Davis discusses Carly’s almost paralyzing stage fright. He tells readers of her unerring talent for getting the right people to help her at the right time. Both Mick Jagger and Cat Stevens helped her with hit songs.The narrative weaves between her personal and professional life. Davis chronicles her famous marriage and subsequent break up with James Taylor. It is a detailed account of their creative and personal relationship, as well as Taylor’s drug use.Davis also reveals the mystery man immortalized in Simon’s hit song “You’re so Vain”.Carly’s Simon’s story is fascinating. Davis paints a picture of an immensely talented woman driven to succeed in a tough business, but also of very fragile artist plagued by insecurities.The book is not objective, nor does it try to be. Davis was able to interview Simon about events in the book to augment his memory and research. He freely admits to be being a “family friend”. I doubt if anyone but a friend would have the intimate understanding of events that Davis brings to this fascinating story.More Room in a Broken Heart is must-read for all Carly Simon fans.