So good to hear a good review on Rod McKuen. Walt Whitman was someone in life that was vilified and it took his death for him to be recognised for his work. It’s time that Rod McKuen received the praise he so deserved. He was a “Friend” to so many and an inspiration for us. A lovely blog.
California-born writer, singer, and troubadour Rodney Marvin McKuen, simply known as “Rod” to millions of fans, died of pneumonia January 29 at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California. He was 81 years old.
McKuen was a popular poet and singer in the 1960s and 1970s selling millions of albums and books. His more than 30 books became instant best sellers. Some of the 1,500 songs he wrote were featured in movies and recorded by a varied collection of famous artists. He won a Grammy Award in 1969 for one of his recordings and was nominated for an Academy Award for a song he wrote that was featured in a hit movie.
Being a best-selling poet, he once said, targeted him for ridicule by many critics. “The most unforgivable sin in the world is to be a best-selling poet,” he explained. Though receiving much acclaim early in his career, as his success grew…
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