|From The Publisher*||A book of hilarious and fascinating answers to the most famous questions posed in pop songs, using data, facts, and science.|
What is love? How soon is now? How do you solve a problem like Maria? They're some of the most famous questions ever asked. But do you know the answers? In this fun and witty book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Ball examines the economic status of doggies in windows, what war is good for, and what becomes of the brokenhearted to find out the definitive and entertaining answers. In doing so, he uncovers what we have always known--pop music is the key to life itself. With lyrics from Bob Dylan, Queen, Rihanna, the Ting Tings, Billy Joel, and a variety of other genre- and decade-spanning artists, this little hardcover's colorful graphs and Venn diagrams reveal the exact points where lowbrow pop culture and the highest science and philosophy meet.
|Biographical Note||JAMES BALL has worked in political, data, and investigative journalism in the US and UK for BuzzFeed, the Guardian, and the Washington Post in a career spanning TV, digital, print, and alternative media. His reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the Scripps Howard Prize, the British Journalism Award for investigative reporting, the Royal Statistical Society Award, and the Laurence Stern Fellowship, among others.|