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From sex bomb to philosopher: How Neil Diamond celebrated 50 years in show business

You’ve seen the photos and the videos, or perhaps you were there to see for yourself.

Either way, you’re familiar with the figure Neil Diamond used to cut onstage: the long-haired showman sweating beneath his sequins, a look of ecstatic abandon on his face as he delivered the secular gospel of songs like “Holly Holy,” “Dry Your Eyes” and “I Am… I Said.”

This is the sex bomb pictured just before detonation on the cover of “Hot August Night,” the classic live album Diamond recorded in 1972 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. And it’s the outsize character that’s allowed Diamond to maintain his place in the popular imagination — that propelled him to …
ENTERTAINMENT – Los Angeles Times

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