The author also wrote the biography Taxi: The Harry Chapin
Story (Kensington 2001 revised edition; Carol Publishing
Group, 1991, 483 pages), which is the definitive (and only)
work on Mr. Chapin. The Kensington edition included a new
introduction, updated discography, website listing and
interviews with two of Mr. Chapin's closest friends and role
models, Pete Seeger and Ralph Nader. The book's release
was timed to coincide with the then 20th anniversary of
Chapin's death.

Coan was a close friend and personal biographer of Mr.
Chapin. The author was 18 years old when he befriended
the late singer-songwriter, humanitarian and hunger activist,
who was appearing on Broadway in 1975 in a revue of his
music. The author wrote a letter to the theatre offering to
write Mr. Chapin's life story.

Soon after, the author began work on Mr. Chapin's biography
and became his Boswell, a close friend and confidant recording
the live history of a live man. Mr. Chapin's only request was
that Coan not do a puff piece, but "a serious writing job,"
and for this he gave the author complete access to his life.

Over the course of seven years, the author researched and wrote
the book traveling around the country with Mr. Chapin and his
band reminiscent of the movie Almost Famous. The author
attended college during these years, so he'd ask friends to cover
his classes and off he went touring with Mr. Chapin, then come
back and cram for tests (he was an A student).

The author conducted hundreds of interviews, from friends and
family, lovers and enemies to musicians like Bob Dylan, Oscar
Brand, Gordon Lightfoot, Waylon Jennings and Kenny Rogers,
to people from the side of his life steeped in social causes and
the fight against world hunger, such as actor Robert Redford,
folksinger Pete Seeger, singer Harry Belafonte, Senator Patrick
Leahy, Senator Bob Dole, Senator Hubert Humphrey, Senator
Howard Metzenbaum and President Jimmy Carter.

The author was 25 years old and working on the final chapter with
Mr. Chapin when the musician died in a tragic car accident on
July 16, 1981. Almost immediately upon his death, the widow
tried to block publication of the book so that she could put out
one of her own. The author sued her, but soon found himself in
a David versus Goliath-like struggle against the widow's
well-financed and rather prodigious legal team, which resulted
in nine years of litigation in New York State Supreme Court.
But it also resulted in wide publicity as a result of the author's
perseverance to tell his story, and the estate finally settled out
of court prior to trial. The author received a large cash settlement
and his book was finally published in 1990 to excellent reviews.