What songs have made up your life's soundtrack? Which have captured your every mood and deepest sentiments? Pop music, like no other form of entertainment or art, is capable of articulating our feelings, desires, joy, and pain. In a few soul-grabbing minutes, artists from every genre - from Little Richard to Lou Reed, Willie Nelson to Wu-Tang Clan, Sly and the Family Stone to the Rolling Stones - can help us understand our place in our own lives.
This collection of short, sharp essays by New York Times bestselling author Ben Greenman (Mo' Meta Blues), organized around a thematic playlist of songs, serves as a reminder of the lyrical power of songwriting and the sonic ability of pop to capture the human experience. Greenman's wit, insight, and honesty are as sweet and satisfying as the hits (and the deep cuts) at the center of each essay.
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I was so excited about this book but was sorely disappointed. There were some good parts like the histories of the songs selected but often I felt like the author spent most of the time whining about not being able to hook up with various girls, whining about having to listen to his emotional friends (girls) go on about emotional garbage while not feeling compensated enough by being their sound board, and being sexist throughout most of the book. It is clear that the author loves music but there are some underlying messages about what men expect from women, about how men perceive women, and about how sexuality should function from a man's perspective that rubbed me entirely the wrong way. If you have strong beliefs that men and women should be treated equally this is not the book for you. Actually, I would not recommend this book to anyone even men! It was blatantly sexist. At one point the author even states that some women may find his writing sexist but he doesn't really care. The only positive I can give this book is that this man really loves music and the history of music. Beyond that it's a bunch of sexist drivel.
- Gina M Clingerman
Playlist of Emotions!! Memoir of the jukebox
- Alexander Stallings