I am the author, and I am a 'fan' of both LC the man and his work. I wouldn't be able to write a book on a subject I had no interest in and I couldn't do an Albert Goldman and write about someone I was intruiged by but loathed, either.
Unfortunately (for a biographer at least, not for the man himself) LC is in a very different place to where he was when Nadel researched his (excellent) book. LC doesn't have time or inclination to contribute to yet another book about him. At least that's what I'm told. He may never even do another interview, full stop. And that's his right and Im respectful of his choice to use his time, as if my opinion on that even mattered anyway.
But I also don't believe one has to interview the subject to write a real, interesting, engaging, emotive account of that subjects work and life, either.
Ive published two other biographies this far - On the walker brothers and on Jeff Buckley. Doing promo for these books release, some DJ's etc couldn't seem to grasp as to how I had the balls to write a book on a subject without one on one access to them. This is plainly cockypop...how many biographies have I myself read and enjoyed ..on Capote, Hitler, Picasso, neruda, Elvis et al None of these subjects were available for comment.
Ive spoken so far to many of LC's musicians etc and this is a thrill - new info on old topics, insights - fesh - as to how the records were made.
I did also want the input of fans - how it looked at the time from the other side of the mirror as it were - so anyone interested in sharing their experiences, let me know. I did mention this here months ago when I started the book and got a mildly negative response.
But. I love LC's work, its been a balm to me, an inspiration, a guide, over the years in many facets of my life and work...
Even given the annoying and damnable restraints of time, this will be a true, Good book.