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Publisher's Summary

Part artist confessional, part musical analysis, Anatomy of a Song ranges from the Isley Brothers' "Shout" to Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" to R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion".
After being discharged from the army in 1968, John Fogerty does a handstand and revises 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 Wear My) Red Shoes" in 10 minutes on the train to Liverpool. Mick Jagger, Jimmy Cliff, Roger Waters, Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, and many other leading artists reveal for the first time the emotions, inspirations, and techniques behind their influential works. Covering the history of rock, R&B, country, disco, soul, reggae, and pop, Anatomy of a Song is a love letter to the songs that have defined generations of listeners.
©2016 Marc Myers (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By John Mumford on 04-06-18

Too Many Genre

I was fascinated with the stories of the 60s but lost interest when it went into the music of the 90s.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Buck on 01-09-18

Very sterile view of a naturally exciting topic

The narrators delivery was dull and tepid. The authors method of presenting the actual conversations was uninspired and lacking effort. This book could have been great considering the subject. I liked a few of the selections of artists but I couldn’t feel any creativity from the descriptions of their music production process. I bought this in the airport in an attempt to get away from the science, political and historical books I usually read and I’m sadly disappointed .

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