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Under the Big Black Sun explores the nascent Los Angeles punk rock movement and its evolution to hardcore punk as it's never been told before....
Music opinions bring out passionate debate in people, and Steven Hyden knows that firsthand....
In the insightful How Music Works, David Byrne offers his unique perspective on music....
As he finds himself within spitting distance of middle age, journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely the loss of...something. Freedom? Maybe. Coolness? Could be....
But What If We're Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past....
Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy....
In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it....
From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life - and finding yourself - in music....
Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story - a memoir of life as an artist....
They say there are no second acts in American lives, and third acts are almost unheard of. That's part of what makes Brian Wilson's story so astonishing....
Trouble Boys is a deeply intimate and nuanced portrait, exposing the primal factors and forces that would shape one of the most brilliant bands of all time....
Keith Morris is a true punk icon. No one else embodies the sound of Southern Californian hardcore. Short and sporting waist-length dreadlocks, Morris is known the world over....
Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway - privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness....
After Vanilla Ice, but before Eminem, there was "Hot Karl", the Jewish kid from the LA suburbs who became a rap battling legend....
In the second half of the 20th century New York was the source of new sounds, including the Greenwich Village folk scene....
Hello. It's Todd Barry. Yes, the massively famous comedian. I have billons of fans all over the world, so I do my fair share of touring....
A deeply moving and engaging memoir by Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst, cofounder of The Cure, detailing the origins and creation of one of the most beloved bands of all time....
On the 40th anniversary of The Band's legendary The Last Waltz concert, Robbie Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history....
From the beloved host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Carrie Brownstein, Smokey Robinson, and Jeff Tweedy, among others - published in association with NPR Music.
Is there an unforgettable song that changed your life?
NPR's renowned music authority Bob Boilen posed this question to some of today's best-loved musical legends and rising stars. In Your Song Changed My Life, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), St. Vincent, Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat Power, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Jenny Lewis, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jackson Browne, Valerie June, Philip Glass, James Blake, and other artists reflect on pivotal moments that inspired their work.
For Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, it was discovering his sister's 45 of The Byrds' "Turn, Turn, Turn". A young St. Vincent's life changed the day a box of CDs literally fell off a delivery truck in front of her house. Cat Stevens was transformed when he heard John Lennon cover "Twist and Shout". These are the momentous yet unmarked events that have shaped these and many other musical talents and, ultimately, the sound of modern music.
A diverse collection of personal experiences both ordinary and extraordinary, Your Song Changed My Life illustrates the ways in which music is revived, restored, and revolutionized. It is also a testament to the power of music in our lives and an inspiration for future artists and music lovers.
Chapter 1 Your Song Changed My Life
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 Jimmy Page
Chapter 4 Carrie Brownstein
Chapter 5 Smokey Robinson
Chapter 6 David Byrne
Chapter 7 St Vincent
Chapter 8 Jeff Tweedy
Chapter 9 James Blake
Chapter 10 Colin Meloy
Chapter 11 Trey Anastasio
Chapter 12 Jenny Lewis
Chapter 13 Dave Grohl
Chapter 14 Cat Stevens
Chapter 15 Sturgill Simpson
Chapter 16 Justin Vernon Chapter 17 Cat Power
Chapter 18 Jackson Browne
Chapter 19 Michael Stipe
Chapter 20 Philip Glass
Chapter 21 Jonsi
Chapter 22 Asgeir
Chapter 23 Hozier
Chapter 24 Regina Carter
Chapter 25 Asaf Avidan
Chapter 26 Valerie June
Chapter 27 Conor Oberst
Chapter 28 Courtney Barnett
Chapter 29 Pokey Lafarge
Chapter 30 Kate Tempest
Chapter 31 Ian Mackaye
Chapter 32 Lucinda Williams
Chapter 33 Josh Ritter
Chapter 34 Chris Thile
Chapter 35 Leon Bridges
Chapter 36 Sharon Van Etten
Chapter 37 Fantastic Negrito
Chapter 38 Credits
I really enjoyed some of the chapters, like the one about Jonsi. That is because I know his and appreciate his music. I didn't know the majority of the other artists or their music and didn't connect with their stories.
I love All Songs considered because I discover and hear the music Bob tells me about. Without that context (the music!) there is not much left. The performance is not great either. Bob's voice on the show is great. Here it just sounds like reading out loud, quite unnaturally. Adding the actual music to the audiobook would make it so much better.
The mix of Bob's broadcasting skills and music knowledge makes this book an absolutely delightful listen. If you are a passionate music fan you will love this!
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