Anatomy of 55 more songs : the oral history of top hits that changed rock, pop and soul

by Myers, Marc, 1956-

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Following his 2016 smash hit Anatomy of a Song , acclaimed musicjournalist Marc Myers collects fifty-five new oral histories oficonic songs from his popular Wall Street Journal column

Songs that sell the most copies become hits, but some of those hits becomesomething more--iconic recordings that not only inspire a generation but alsochange the direction of music. In Anatomy of 55 More Songs , based on hiscolumn for the Wall Street Journal , music journalist and historian Marc Myerstells the story behind fifty-five rock, pop, R&B, country, and soul-gospel hitsthrough intimate interviews with the artists who wrote and recorded them.

Part oral history, part musical analysis, Anatomy of 55 More Songs rangesfrom Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" to Dionne Warwick's"Walk On By," The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," and Black Sabbath's"Paranoid." Bernie Taupin recalls how he wrote the lyrics to Elton John's"Rocket Man;" Joan Jett remembers channeling her rage against how she hadbeen unfairly labeled and treated as a female rocker into "Bad Reputation;" andOzzy Osbourne, Elvis Costello, Bob Weir, Sheryl Crow, Alice Cooper, RobertaFlack, John Mellencamp, Keith Richards, Carly Simon, and many others revealthe emotions and technique behind their major works.

Through an absorbing chronological, song-by-song analysis of the mostmemorable post-war hits, Anatomy of 55 More Songs provides a sweeping lookat the evolution of pop music between 1964 and today. This book will changehow you listen to music and evaluate the artists who create it.

Walk On By / Dionne Warwick
Dancing in the Street / Martha and the Vandellas
Sunshine Superman / Donovan
Good Vibrations / The Beach Boys
Up, Up and Away / The 5th Dimension
Get Together / The Youngbloods
The Weight / The Band
Fire / The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Bad Moon Rising / Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crystal Blue Persuasion / Tommy James and the Shondells
Ain't No Mountain High Enough / Diana Ross
Paranoid / Black Sabbath
Truckin' / Grateful Dead
I'm Eighteen / Alice Cooper
Bang a Gong (Get It On) / T. Rex
Roundabout / Yes
Doctor My Eyes / Jackson Browne
Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress / The Hollies
Rocket Man / Elton John
I'll Be Around / The Spinners
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone / The Temptations
Killing Me Softly with His Song / Roberta Flack
Smoke on the Water / Deep Purple
Hello It's Me / Todd Rundgren
She's Gone / Hall and Oates
Come and Get Your Love / Redbone
Sundown / Gordon Lightfoot
I'm Not in Love / 10CC
Love Is the Drug / Roxy Music
The Boys Are Back in Town / Thin Lizzy
Fly Like an Eagle / Steve Miller Band
Year of the Cat / Al Stewart
Barracuda / Heart
Nobody Does It Better / Carly Simon
Peg / Steely Dan
My Best Friend's Girl / The Cars
The Gambler / Kenny Rogers
September / Earth, Wind & Fire
What a Fool Believes / The Doobie Brothers
Accidents Will Happen / Elvis Costello
The Devil Went Down to Georgia / The Charlie Daniels Band
Good Times / Chic
Highway to Hell / AC/DC
Cars / Gary Numan
On the Radio / Donna Summer
Bad Reputation / Joan Jett
Rapture / Blondie
Don't Stop Believin' / Journey
Steppin' Out / Joe Jackson
Burning Down the House / Talking Heads
The Power of Love / Huey Lewis and the News
Small Town / John Mellencamp
Take It So Hard / Keith Richards
Being Boring / Pet Shop Boys
If It Makes You Happy / Sheryl Crow.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Extending his well-received Anatomy of a Song (2016) to a second volume of entries culled mostly from his Wall Street Journal column, Myers says he looks for iconic "but not tired" hits, tunes that influenced pop music, and songs "with corners that long puzzled readers," like, say, the mentor Kenny Rogers envisions when singing "The Gambler": Ray Charles. In a format identical to the first book, entries here are in chronological order, dating from 1964 ("Walk On By") to 1996 ("If It Makes You Happy") and include "Rocket Man," "Sunshine Superman," "The Weight," "Truckin'," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Highway to Hell," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Don't Stop Believin'," and "Burning Down the House." Ephemeral, yes, but these songs are still shared by billions worldwide, and Myers adds important context by interviewing and extensively quoting the principal artists, composers, and producers. Especially recommended for collections where the first book found favor."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Music journalist Myers details how 55 famous songs were conceived, written, and recorded in this perceptive follow-up to 2016's Anatomy of a Song. Myers provides a brief introduction to each of his picks, and their composers, musicians, and producers share stories behind each song, as well. There are surprising details about musical arrangements (composer Burt Bacharach, who worked on Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By," had one piano play in the verses and two in the chorus), and insight from artists about their lyrics: Jackson Browne's "Doctor My Eyes" became a "metaphor for lost innocence" but was inspired by an eye infection Browne had and a trip to the ophthalmologist; Pat Vegas, Native American rock band Redbone's bassist, arranger, and coproducer, envisioned "Come and Get Your Love" as a song that showed that Native Americans were "about love, not about massacring"; and Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crystal Blue Persuasion" took shape after James read a poem about the Book of Revelation. Myers has a knack for capturing the artistry of songwriting and easily shows why these tracks are "iconic but not tired." This melodic collection will strike a chord with music fans. Agent: Glen Hartley, Writers' Representatives. (Dec.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Popular music -- History and criticism.
Musicians -- Interviews.
Publisher New York :Grove Press,2022
Edition First edition, First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Other Titles Anatomy of fifty-five more songs
Language English
Description xiii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780802160201
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