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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."
— Nick Hornby

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...

Review:

"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

Review:

"A collection of music-as-metaphor essays...like a diary in mix-tape form." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"A joyful mediation of 31 of Hornby's favorite pop songs." Capital Times

Review:

"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

Review:

"Delivered in a hugely enjoyable, invisible prose that does in words what Hornby's tunesmiths do with sound. He writes good." Time Out London

Review:

"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

Review:

"When Hornby writes about his enthusiasms and how they intertwine with his life, he's amusing and inspiring." Rolling Stone

Review:

"Intimate, funny and wise... Hornby at his most persuasive." Observer

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

"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.

Synopsis:

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.

Description:

Discography p. [201]-206.

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...

1. Introduction

"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

...And 15 Albums

It's a Mann's World

Alternative Earle

Sweet Misery

The Entertainers

Pop Quiz

Discography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573223560
Author:
Hornby, Nick
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Author:
Smith, Courtney
Author:
Smith, Courtney E.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Popular music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Hornby, Nick
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
2300-13
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 224 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573223560 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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..."
"Review" by , "A collection of music-as-metaphor essays...like a diary in mix-tape form."
"Review" by , "A joyful mediation of 31 of Hornby's favorite pop songs."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Delivered in a hugely enjoyable, invisible prose that does in words what Hornby's tunesmiths do with sound. He writes good."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "When Hornby writes about his enthusiasms and how they intertwine with his life, he's amusing and inspiring."
"Review" by , "Intimate, funny and wise... Hornby at his most persuasive."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by ,

"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.

"Synopsis" by ,
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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