Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter by Alyn Shipton, is scheduled to be published in July of this year. The 352 page biography traces Harry Nilsson’s life from his Brooklyn childhood to his Los Angeles adolescence and his gradual emergence as a uniquely talented singer-songwriter. With interviews from friends, family, and associates, and material drawn from Harry’s unfinished autobiography, Shipton probes beneath the enigma to discover the real Harry Nilsson.
In his new memoir, Every Night’s a Saturday Night: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys, session musician Bobby Keys describes Harry Nilsson as “a bit of a boozer and a really smart guy, very witty.” Although Nilsson “was a Yankee,” Keys describes himself and Nilsson as “birds of a feather.”
Keys goes on to describe working with Harry on several of Harry’s albums and songs and their friendship. “We got to be real good friends. […] I can’t really explain it. Just, sometimes, you have a connection with someone.”