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Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives

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What do Talking Heads, ABBA, Pearl Jam, Eurythmics, Gloria Estefan, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the soundtrack to Annie have in common? They all inspired one of the writers in Heavy Rotation. These entertaining essays from such acclaimed authors as Kate Christensen, Joshua Ferris, Daniel Handler, Colm Toibin, Sheila Heti, and James Wood may inspire you to dig up your own favorites — or to hunt down the albums they write about.
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Colm Toibin on Joni Mitchell - James Wood on The Who - Stacey D'Erasmo on Kate Bush - Daniel Handler on Eurythmics - Lisa Dierbeck on the Pretenders - Clifford Chase on the B-52s . . . and other writers on the soundtracks of their lives

In Heavy Rotation, twenty of our most acclaimed contemporary writers pay homage to the record albums that inspired them. Benjamin Kunkel remembers how the Smiths' "Queen Is Dead" transformed him into an adolescent Anglophile. Pankaj Mishra describes how a bootleg cassette of ABBA's "Super Trouper" evoked a world far from his small Indian village. Kate Christensen relives her years as an aspiring novelist in Brooklyn listening to Rickie Lee Jones's "Flying Cowboys". And Joshua Ferris recalls his head-banging passion for Pearl Jam's Ten.

Exploring music from the Talking Heads to the Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack, this extraordinary anthology is a moving, funny, uplifting, and unforgettable celebration of the unique and essential relationship between life and music.

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"Mapping out a space between criticism and personal essay, writer and music fan Terzian has invited a double handful of contemporary writers to expound on the albums that they love. Benjamin Kunkel covers the Smiths, John Haskell discusses the Talking Heads, Joshua Ferris remembers Pearl Jam's debut, Sheila Heti considers the Annie soundtrack; their stories take readers to India, Ireland, Haiti, the Upper East Side of New York and beyond with consistently thoughtful, but wildly variant results. These love letters to albums also examine the inextricable connection between art forms; of particular note are essays by Mark Greif (Fugazi's Fugazi), Lisa Dierbeck (Pretenders' Pretenders), Asali Solomon (Gloria Estefan's Mi Tierra), Martha Southgate (The Jackson 5"s Greatest Hits), Clifford Chase (The B-52"s self-titled album) and editor Terzian (Miaow's Priceless Innuendo). Almost without fail, these essays exhibit a perfect blend of respect and irreverence, with an intoxicating intimacy; readers who love music will devour this collection, and beg for a second volume." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Peter Terzian has written for the New York Times, Slate, the Believer, Print, the National, Columbia Journalism Review, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Andrea Oyarzabal, August 10, 2009 (view all comments by Andrea Oyarzabal)
This is a really great book. It was a tremendous idea to compile essays about first album experiences. My personal favorites so far have been Sheila Heti's "What Annie Knew" about the Annie Soundtrack and Mark Greif's essay "Fugazi:Fugazi" about Fugazi's self-titled album (which is way more in-depth than just mentioning Fugazi). Definitely worth a read.
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ISBN:
9780061579745
Author:
Terzian, Peter
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Hall, Marny
Author:
Johnson, Paul
Subject:
Rock music
Subject:
Influence (literary, artistic, etc.)
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Rock music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music and literature
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.06x5.66x.90 in. .68 lbs.

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What do Talking Heads, ABBA, Pearl Jam, Eurythmics, Gloria Estefan, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the soundtrack to Annie have in common? They all inspired one of the writers in Heavy Rotation. These entertaining essays from such acclaimed authors as Kate Christensen, Joshua Ferris, Daniel Handler, Colm Toibin, Sheila Heti, and James Wood may inspire you to dig up your own favorites — or to hunt down the albums they write about.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mapping out a space between criticism and personal essay, writer and music fan Terzian has invited a double handful of contemporary writers to expound on the albums that they love. Benjamin Kunkel covers the Smiths, John Haskell discusses the Talking Heads, Joshua Ferris remembers Pearl Jam's debut, Sheila Heti considers the Annie soundtrack; their stories take readers to India, Ireland, Haiti, the Upper East Side of New York and beyond with consistently thoughtful, but wildly variant results. These love letters to albums also examine the inextricable connection between art forms; of particular note are essays by Mark Greif (Fugazi's Fugazi), Lisa Dierbeck (Pretenders' Pretenders), Asali Solomon (Gloria Estefan's Mi Tierra), Martha Southgate (The Jackson 5"s Greatest Hits), Clifford Chase (The B-52"s self-titled album) and editor Terzian (Miaow's Priceless Innuendo). Almost without fail, these essays exhibit a perfect blend of respect and irreverence, with an intoxicating intimacy; readers who love music will devour this collection, and beg for a second volume." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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