Anatomy of A Song

Anatomy of A Song

The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop

Book - 2016
Average Rating:
2
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Based on the popular Wall Street Journal column "Anatomy of a Song," a collection of behind-the-scenes stories draws on interviews with forefront music artists revealing the inspirations for influential songs, from Elvis Costello's "Red Shoes" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" to The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion."

Perseus Publishing
Every great song has a fascinating backstory. In Anatomy of a Song, based on the ongoing Wall Street Journal column, writer and music historian Marc Myers brings to life five decades of music through oral histories of forty-five transformative songs woven from interviews with the artists who created them.

Bringing readers inside the making of a hit, Anatomy of a Song includes the Isley Brothers' memorable song "Shout," Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz," and R.E.M's "Losing My Religion." After receiving his discharge from the army in 1968, John Fogerty does a handstand and reworks Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to come up with "Proud Mary." Joni Mitchell remembers living in a cave on Crete with the "mean old daddy" who inspired her 1971 hit "Carey." Elvis Costello talks about writing "(The Angels Wanna War My) Red Shoes" in ten minutes on the train to Liverpool. And Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart, the Clash, Jimmy Cliff, Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Keith Richards, Cyndi Lauper, and many other leading artists reveal the emotions, inspirations, and techniques behind their influential works. Anatomy of a Song is a love letter to the songs that have defined generations of listeners.


Baker
& Taylor

A collection of behind-the-scenes stories draws on interviews with popular musicians to reveal the inspirations for influential songs, including Elvis Costello's "Red Shoes," Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion."
Believing that every great song has a fascinating backstory, Myers brings to life five decades of music through oral histories of forty-five transformative songs woven from interviews with the artists who created them.From "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" by Lloyd Price to "Losing my religion" by R.E.M., leading artists reveal the emotions, inspirations, and techniques behind their influential works. The result is a love letter to the songs that have defined generations.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802125590
Branch Call Number: 782.42 MYE 2016
Characteristics: xii, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

a
aaronwriterguy
Jul 17, 2017

A good book for lovers of pop music and its history. The one complaint I have is that its selection seems to be as much based on who would agree to be interviewed as their importance to the genres they represent. There's no Bowie, Beatles or even McCartney or Lennon solo material -- a history of pop songs hardly seems complete without them. Still I admit I learned a lot.

this meaty big bouncy book ranges from cindy lauper to elvis Costello to the allman brothers to rem to blondie to stevie wonder to Otis redding to led zep to Lloyd price to jimmy cliff to roger waters to grace slick......don't forget bonnie raitt. all telling the creation of one of their songs, or albums. and it's pithy, too, which is nice, for a change. there is no bowie here, but there are the stones, there is no Dylan here, but there is steely dan, telling of the creation of Deacon Blues..there's a lot of extrapolation to the career arc, also, like a good novel, film, or play. the clash, dion, the isleys, the kinks(yes, it's you really got me). some artists, like the doors, recall only the specific song, as in light my fire, but mr. Costello covers the beginnings of his music career. this is fantastic material, and yet not too musically technical. what a book!! p.s. there's a lot of Motown, too.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at ELPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top