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Songbookby Nick Hornby
Synopses & Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and How to be Good.
"All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don't like them as much as I do."
What interests Nick Hornby? Songs, songwriters, everything, compulsively, passionately. Here is his ultimate list of 31 all-time favorite songs. And here are his smart, funny, and very personal essays about them, written with all the love and care of a perfectly mastered mixed tape...
"Anyone who has read Nick Hornby's work knows that the man is a fan in the best sense. He's enthusiastic, he's knowledgeable...and he's not afraid to let you in on weird little trade secrets..." Jeff Baker, The Oregonian
"A collection of music-as-metaphor essays...like a diary in mix-tape form." Entertainment Weekly
"A joyful mediation of 31 of Hornby's favorite pop songs." Capital Times
"The whole subculture, all those mournful guys to whom the sound of record-store bin dividers clicking by is almost music enough, should love Songbook, yet so should anyone interested in great essays, or in the delicate art of being funny, or in how to write about one's feelings in such a way that other people will actually care." San Francisco Chronicle
"Delivered in a hugely enjoyable, invisible prose that does in words what Hornby's tunesmiths do with sound. He writes good." Time Out London
"A small, singular, delightful collection [about] the power of songs to bind people culturally and to reach deeply into the human spirit, bending the heart into new shapes with new potential." New York Times Book Review
"When Hornby writes about his enthusiasms and how they intertwine with his life, he's amusing and inspiring." Rolling Stone
"Intimate, funny and wise... Hornby at his most persuasive." Observer
"Strange, but at year's end, what reminded me of how much I love rock and pop was a book about rock and pop. Nick Hornby's Songbook is a sort of musical autobiography in which he writes, among so many other things, that the first time About a Boy meant anything to him was when he heard the sound track to the movie based on his own book." Dallas Observer
"All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don't like them as much as I do"—Nick Hornby
Songs, songwriters, and why and how they get under our skin...Songbook is Nick Hornby's labor of love. A shrewd, funny, and completely unique collection of musings on pop music, why it's good, what makes us listen and love it, and the ways in which it attaches itself to our lives—all with the beat of a perfectly mastered mix tape.
You never leave home without your iPod. You have a real relationship with your music, and your life unfolds to the soundtrack of your tunes on shuffle. But where do you turn when youre looking for newnot always recenttracks to add to your collection? Or for the female perspective on classic music debates, like Beatles vs. Stones? And who is going to tell you what you can learn from your crushs music collection? (If hes an overzealous Smiths fan, send him packing.) For years, youve been listening to men talk about music, but the womans side of the story has been missing. Until now.
InRecord Collecting for GirlsCourtney Smith takes the mic and explores what music can tell women about men, and more importantly, about themselves. She riffs on a range of topics from Our songs and Your songs to the evolution of girl bands. She provides playlists for occasions that necessitate a finely crafted mix – like making out or breaking up – and gives readers tips for curating a real record collection. Finally, here is a voice that speaks womenbecause girls get their hearts broken and make mix tapes about it, too.
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About the Author
Nick Hornby is the author of the bestselling novels High Fidelity and About a Boy, as well as the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel. In 1999, he was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award. He lives in north London.
Table of Contents
Songbook 31 Songs...
"Your Love Is the Place Where I Come From"—Teenage Fanclub
2. "Thunder Road"—Bruce Springsteen
3. "I'm Like a Bird"—Nelly Furtado
4. "Heartbreaker"—Led Zeppelin
5. "One Man Guy"—Rufus Wainwright
6. "Samba Pa Ti"—Santana
7. "Mama You Been on My Mind"—Rod Stewart
8. "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"—Bob Dylan
9. "Rain"—The Beatles
10. "You Had Time"—Ani DiFranco
11. "I've Had It"—Aimee Mann
12. "Born for Me"—Paul Westerberg
13. "Frankie Teardrop"—Suicide
14. "Ain't That Enough"—Teenage Fanclub
15. "First I Look at the Purse"—the J. Geils Band
16. "Smoke"—Ben Folds Five
17. "A Minor Incident"—Badly Drawn Boy
18. "Glorybound"—The Bible
19. "Caravan"—Van Morrison
20. "So I'll Run"—Butch Hancock and Marce LaCouture
21. "Puff the Magic Dragon"—Gregory Isaacs
22. "Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3"—Ian Dury and the Blackheads
23. "The Calvary Cross"—Richard and Linda Thompson
24. "Late for the Sky"—Jackson Browne
25. "Hey Self Defeater"—Mark Mulcahy
26. "Needle in a Haystack"—The Velvelettes
27. "Let's Straighten It Out"—O. V. Wright
28. "Röyksopp's Night Out"—Röyksopp
29. "Frontier Psychiatrist"—the Avalanches
30. "No Fun/Push It"—Soulwax
31. "Pissing in a River"—the Patti Smith Group
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