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In a career that has spanned twenty-five years, John Denver has earned international acclaim as a singer, songwriter, actor, and environmental activist. Songs like "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High," and "Annie''s Song" have entered the canon of universal anthems, but less than three decades ago, John Denver was a young man with little more than a fine voice, a guitar, and a dream. Growing up in a conservative military family, he was not expected to drop out of college and head to Los Angeles, where the music scene was flourishing. Nor was he expected to succeed.
In Take Me Home, John Denver chronicles the experiences that shaped his life, while unraveling the rich, inner journey of a shy Midwestern boy whose uneasy partnership with fame has been one of the defining forces of his first fifty years.
With candor and wit, John writes about his childhood, the experience of hitting L.A. as the Sixties roared into full swing, his first breaks, his years with the Mitchell Trio, his first songwriting success with "Leaving on a Jet Plane," and finally a career that made his a global household name.
He also explores his relationships with the women in his life - particularly his first wife, Annie Martell, and his second wife, Cassandra Delaney - as well as his parents, his children, his partners through his life, and his friends.
Honest, insightful and rich in anecdotes that only a natural-born storyteller could tell so well, Take Me Home is a highly charged and fascinating book from beginning to end. It''s like spending a couple of days with a good friend.

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Singer-songwriter Denver, now 50, uses this self-indulgent autobiography to review his career and muse about the naivete that has characterized his personal and professional life. Writing with freelancer Tobier, he describes a troubled relationship with conservative, middle-class parents, the failure of his two marriages, deception by a manager and his admiration for people like Werner Erhard of est, Wernher von Braun of the National Space Institute and architect Buckminster Fuller, who he claims have inspired his efforts on behalf of the environment and other causes. In spite of his great success as a performer and his accomplishments as a social activist, Denver, who derives the book''s title from his song "Take Me Home, Country Roads," says he is still trying to find himself, and he wallows in a great deal of soul searching and simplistic philosophizing, none of which makes for engrossing reading. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Denver''s popularity peaked in the 1970s with such hits as "Rocky Mountain High" and "Annie''s Song." He was a far cry from the long-haired rock and disco acts of the time, and his clean-cut activism on behalf of the environment helped make him a popular TV performer. Here, Denver outlines his life, describing his birth into a military family, his conflicts with his stern father, and his burgeoning interest in music as a way to express his otherwise shy self. He goes on to talk about life on the road as a performer; his eventual involvement in self-help groups, such as EST; and his infidelities to his wife, Annie. But, just as Denver''s stage persona contrasted with those of John Phillips (Papa John, LJ 6/1/86) and David Crosby (Long Time Gone, LJ 11/15/88), so does his autobiography. Adultery and EST aside, this confessional''s weakness lies in a lack of openness. Denver doesn''t paint a pretty picture of himself, but behind the story he tells, there is no depth and no details. For celebrity mavens and those who want to know the "why" about a person, this makes for unsatisfying reading. Not recommended unless demand is great.
Rosellen Brewer, MOBAC Lib. System, Montery, Cal.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Boy, talk about looks being deceiving. The smiling, bespectacled singer-songwriter who gave us such good-time hits as "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "Thank God I''m a Country Boy" is actually an awkward, insecure loner fighting the demons of his relationships with his father, his wife, and his agent, to name three. Denver, who was born Henry John Deutschendorf, an air force brat, had a Great Santini-like relationship with his father and apparently a very unhappy childhood, during which he saw injustices done to those weaker than himself but felt powerless to stop it. Although he does mention how he came to write some of his biggest hits, including "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Annie''s Song," and "Take Me Home, Country Roads," fans will be disappointed that he doesn''t expand more on the songwriting. Denver also feels strongly about environmental issues, but entertainment buffs may feel a little slighted by just passing references to personalities like David Crosby and Harry Chapin and the virtual nonexistence of the singer''s biggest film role, namely, that opposite George Burns in Oh God! In other words, forget about a music biz tell-all; Denver chooses, instead, to exorcise his psychological demons throughout, and although it''s kind of interesting, it''s far from far-out. Joe Collins

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Will resonate with some, but not everyone.
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2014
Art is subjective, and books involve the art of writing. There have been some one star reviews of this book, comments mainly articulating disappointment in John. What I personally loved about this book was John''s "warts and all" approach. I have not led a perfect... See more
Art is subjective, and books involve the art of writing. There have been some one star reviews of this book, comments mainly articulating disappointment in John. What I personally loved about this book was John''s "warts and all" approach. I have not led a perfect life either, and it was both cathartic and insightful to read both John''s failings as well as his thoughts on those failings. And yes, he at times came across as a pretty self-centered individual; again, none of us are perfect and I didn''t feel it took away from the overall writing. In addition, towards the end of the book John presents some essays on the environment which, although written a few years ago, are still timely.

I grew up with John Denver and saw him in concert a couple times in the late 70''s. His tragic death marked a passing of the "age of innocence" for me. Roads diverged, and it''s only now, in my 50''s that I''ve discovered his music again. But I realised I never really new much about the man. Having read his autobiography, I feel closer to the man whose music I loved. I felt like I had a long conversation with a long-lost friend. For anyone who felt a connection with John, this is a really good book. But be prepared. he was just a flawed, imperfect human being, like the rest of us. But one who had insight into his flaws and was not shy in presenting them to the world.

Thanks John, for the music, your impact on environmental issues, and your words.
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Francie Nolan
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Too Impersonal for Me
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2018
I love John Denver''s music and think he was a cool guy, but I didn''t like this memoir at all. I was expecting to love it from the reviews, but to each his own. I felt there was a real impersonal sense to the narration. The only intense feeling I picked up was his... See more
I love John Denver''s music and think he was a cool guy, but I didn''t like this memoir at all. I was expecting to love it from the reviews, but to each his own.

I felt there was a real impersonal sense to the narration. The only intense feeling I picked up was his need to get his father''s approval. His father was distant, an alcoholic, and couldn''t express love or emotions well and I get the impression from this book that John was like that with people, too. He could clearly express emotion in songs, but I didn''t pick up from his memoir that he had an easy time with interpersonal relations and communication. I didn''t get the impression that Annie was a great love. In fact, I think he says something to the effect of not being sure what it was between them. I have no idea why he married her. It didn''t come across in the writing. It made no sense to me that he married her, almost immediately went on the road for extremely long periods and she never came along. Why didn''t she come? I appreciate his honesty that he had a lot of affairs, but he comes off pretty cold in the telling.

He knew he had issues. Anyone who grows up with an alcoholic is going to have a lot of issues. I''m glad if EST worked for him. (I bet Werner didn''t make him stand in a corner holding a log over his head, which was a common punishment for perceived infractions back then. Those kind of organizations are always so much nicer to celebrities.) I wish he found happiness with another human being. Maybe he did after the second wife, which is where this book ends. I''ll have to research it.

Also, to much technical detail about songs and concerts. I skimmed a great deal.
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Beth
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Awful
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
I really like John Denver''s music, so I thought I would like this book. However none of this book makes sense. There are no insights, he doesn''t learn from his mistakes and he makes some huge mistakes. Constantly cheating on his wife and making excuses for it! Then he... See more
I really like John Denver''s music, so I thought I would like this book. However none of this book makes sense. There are no insights, he doesn''t learn from his mistakes and he makes some huge mistakes. Constantly cheating on his wife and making excuses for it! Then he tries to strangle her and uses a chain saw in the house, all because she did something he didn''t like, in a house he doesn''t live in anymore!! He turned out to be a 100% jerk!
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The Blur
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Interesting auto-biographical review of JD''s life
Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2019
Worth the money? No. Explains some about how he went off the rails in his latter days? Yes. Definitely a normal guy... but with an inability to ever rest and become comfortable with himself. Too bad he did not return to his roots in the evangelical Christian church of... See more
Worth the money? No. Explains some about how he went off the rails in his latter days? Yes. Definitely a normal guy... but with an inability to ever rest and become comfortable with himself. Too bad he did not return to his roots in the evangelical Christian church of his youth or pay attn to the Bible/hear good solid teaching. His life could have been very different.
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Great
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
There was no one like him. Even this telling telling of his story was written wonderfully. He expressed his views of life and his own journey with humility and honesty. Refreshing. Had I read his story 20 years ago, I wouldn''t have understood it or him. Lived... See more
There was no one like him. Even this telling telling of his story was written wonderfully. He expressed his views of life and his own journey with humility and honesty. Refreshing.

Had I read his story 20 years ago, I wouldn''t have understood it or him. Lived his music. His songs still affect me the same way. Like a warm cozy fire on a cold winters night.
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PKaye
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Great autobiography!
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2014
I really came away with an honest and full understanding of John Denver. He readily admits to his flaws--drugs, women, and being an absent father. He shows that he has that tender side we all know from his songs, but he also gives us a glimpse into his anger, such as when... See more
I really came away with an honest and full understanding of John Denver. He readily admits to his flaws--drugs, women, and being an absent father. He shows that he has that tender side we all know from his songs, but he also gives us a glimpse into his anger, such as when he confronts his ex-wife with a buzz saw and cuts up items in the house. It''s very brave of Denver to show this dark side and possibly alienate his fans. Yet, he comes out as being fully human, not a spoiled star.
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CM Vanlieshout
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My only negative was that it did leave me feeling a little sad. It just seemed as if John longed so ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2016
The book was very open and honest. It was as if John Denver sat down with you and opened his heart. My only negative was that it did leave me feeling a little sad. It just seemed as if John longed so much for love and acceptance that at times he took the wrong paths and... See more
The book was very open and honest. It was as if John Denver sat down with you and opened his heart. My only negative was that it did leave me feeling a little sad. It just seemed as if John longed so much for love and acceptance that at times he took the wrong paths and did some things that seemed to go against his morals and quite frankly did things I never would have dreamed he would done from his public image. I felt as if when he did go against his morals and principles, that is when he ended up getting hurt the most. I think any John Denver fan would love to get a glimpse into his personal journey and the feelings he was experiencing along this journey.
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Brenda M.
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LOVED READING JD''S STORY IN HIS WORDS
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2016
Forgot how much I liked John Denver & was glad to read his personal insights about his life and vast career. This book appears to be written two to three years before his tragic death. I didn''t want the book to end---I wanted to read more. I think that he got even better... See more
Forgot how much I liked John Denver & was glad to read his personal insights about his life and vast career. This book appears to be written two to three years before his tragic death. I didn''t want the book to end---I wanted to read more. I think that he got even better with age--that beautiful majestic, yet tender voice just kept getting better and better. I definitely think that he was severely underestimated in the mainstream entertainment industry. He had real, raw talent, & his music & lyrics made sense--they meant something--unlike the trash that is written and performed today. Had he lived, I believe that his music & performances would have made a great comeback on a grand scale & RCA records would have been begging him to come back!
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Such a pity.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2015
Very good read. I found it most informative. I have just "got into"John''s music through watching and listening to his concerts on You Tube. His early stuff I was fairly knowledgeable about, but his later music I found to be of excellent quality. His autobiography...See more
Very good read. I found it most informative. I have just "got into"John''s music through watching and listening to his concerts on You Tube. His early stuff I was fairly knowledgeable about, but his later music I found to be of excellent quality. His autobiography revealed a man with problems in his relationships with women, and his battle with drink and drugs, but throughout his life he used these things as inspiration for his music. Although being a champion for wildlife, and the environment, he owned and piloted many aeroplanes, and also used a wood burning fire, which kind of contradicts his principles. He became someone that people would listen to, speaking on various subjects. This, quite a feat for a shy young boy who used his guitar as a "crutch" to become popular with classmates, as he was shoved from pillar to post, as his dad''s job dictated. Such a pity that he was taken so young.
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Sad that someone with so much depth of feeling in ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 12, 2016
Having booked a holiday to Canada and found myself singing more of John Denver''s songs around the house I looked him up on the internet to see that he had problems with ''spousal abuse, adultery, drugs and alcohol'' so bought the book to find out more. These things were...See more
Having booked a holiday to Canada and found myself singing more of John Denver''s songs around the house I looked him up on the internet to see that he had problems with ''spousal abuse, adultery, drugs and alcohol'' so bought the book to find out more. These things were mentioned but I felt they were ''skimmed over as not being important'' and the book to me personally came across as a ''poor me'' story. It was the fault of his wife, parents, manager ripping him off etc etc. Sad that someone with so much depth of feeling in his songs wasn''t able to relate better to the people in his life.
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Dafred
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John Denver the country and western singer.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 14, 2018
A very boring autobiography. I get the impression John Denver was trying to decide who he really was. He was not content with being a country and western singer. Also when his style of music became unfashionable he began to lose his identity and was searching through gurus...See more
A very boring autobiography. I get the impression John Denver was trying to decide who he really was. He was not content with being a country and western singer. Also when his style of music became unfashionable he began to lose his identity and was searching through gurus for the answer. On the other hand he made a great effort to improve the environment and people’s awareness of the poverty that exists in the world. Pity he couldn’t put it across in his book.
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Chrissie
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Take Me Home: An Autobiography....John Denver
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 20, 2015
I am so very happy I bought this book....it has given me a richer insight to the man who is so sadly missed....in it he tells us of lots of his songs and why he wrote them, the circumstances leading up to them and what they meant to him later in life. In fact, " Annie''s...See more
I am so very happy I bought this book....it has given me a richer insight to the man who is so sadly missed....in it he tells us of lots of his songs and why he wrote them, the circumstances leading up to them and what they meant to him later in life. In fact, " Annie''s Song " for instance, he says could be about any kind of love, I''ve put that in short! But, when I had my baby, in 1980...this song came to me when I looked at him! I asked for it to be played on the Hospital Radio, ever since then, it has been '' My song for my baby '' !! Even though my ''baby'' is now 35 years old....the song still brings tears to my eyes!! So, if you like John Denver, please buy this book...it is SO good and I think I''ve got to '' know '' him more...such a tragic loss...how many wonderful songs he would have been writing still....: - ( An absolute MUST for John Denver fans...Chrissie.
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Good story bad shipping
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2013
The autobiography is really good read if you like John Denver. Its well worth the expense of buying something like this. I found the price was more than double the books original cost but Im not really that concerned. I wanted it so you pay for it. What was a real...See more
The autobiography is really good read if you like John Denver. Its well worth the expense of buying something like this. I found the price was more than double the books original cost but Im not really that concerned. I wanted it so you pay for it. What was a real disappointment was the shipping. The packaging was just a plastic cover with my name and address on it. Because of all the banging about from over seas shipping, the cover was damaged and the corners bumped and curled.. I did get an enquiry from Amazon.co.uk about this and expressed my views..It was obvious to me they were concerned about this..I expect they are or have dealt with my reply. The usual standards of packaging by Amazon are far better and I have bought many items from Amazon with no concerns at all.. If I didn''t want this book so much I would have sent it back.. As such I look upon the book as a collectors item now seeing the legend has left us... such a loss. The book will be valuable to those who appreciate his life and genre of music...I don''t intend to part with it.
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