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

Category: Book
By (author): Myers, Marc
Subject:  MUSIC / General
  MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal
  MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rock
  MUSIC / History & Criticism
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Published: November 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*Every great song has a story that needs to be told. 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 forty-five transformative songs and oral-history 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. "
Review Quote*Praise for Why Jazz Happened : 'A serious contribution . . . . Myers captures aspects of the music's history that are too frequently ignored.' - Wall Street Journal 'Energetic and captivating . . . Myers's first-rate social history, like a great jazz recording, pulls us into its complex rhythms and harmonies, casting its mesmerizing spell.' - Publishers Weekly 'Fantastic, eye-opening . . . Myers shatters myths here, and treats jazz history like an epic saga. I lived and breathed this period during my extensive career in jazz, and this book brings a new perspective to the music's golden era.' -Creed Taylor, multi-Grammy AwardAƻwinning jazz producer
Biographical NoteMarc Myers is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, where he writes about rock, soul, and jazz, as well as the arts. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Why Jazz Happened, and posts daily at, winner of the 2015 Jazz Journalists Association's award for Jazz Blog of the Year.