Music can shock and soothe, amuse and appall, but above all move the listener. In more than 30 essays and features, a variety of writers, critics, and musicians explore those songs that made a difference to their lives, to society, and to music history itself. Illustrated throughout with full-color posters, album covers, and photographs, the book is organized by theme andMusic can shock and soothe, amuse and appall, but above all move the listener. In more than 30 essays and features, a variety of writers, critics, and musicians explore those songs that made a difference to their lives, to society, and to music history itself. Illustrated throughout with full-color posters, album covers, and photographs, the book is organized by theme and features informative sidebars. Sampling everything from folk songs to fugues, hip-hop to hymns, Time Out 1000 Songs to Change Your Life includes musician interviews and complete discographical details....
|Title||:||Time Out 1000 Songs to Change Your Life|
|Number of Pages||:||280 Pages|
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Time Out 1000 Songs to Change Your Life Reviews
So I bought the new iPod "Classic" and I'm currently feeding my collection into its tiny digital maw, and what with that and iTunes, where you can buy individual songs for 79p, it's a good time to be a geeky musical magpie with a long memory. Of course you won't be surprised that my first purchase from iTunes was "The Day the Circus Left Town" by Eartha Kitt, her heartbreaking valediction to all of our lost childhoods, a song which defines the notion of bittersweet so crushingly it will never be undefined. File next to Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes". And the second one was "Oh Lizzie" by Johnny Dodds. And the third was "Rock a Billy Baby" which was the flip of "Last Train to San Fernando" by Johnny Duncan. I've been looking for these three songs in good quality for years.And I realised with a jolt that my daughter Georgia, music lover though she is, will probably never buy a cd in her life, and as I finally drool off to the place where old fanboys go, she'll survey my piles of cds & shake her head & say what am I going to do with all this stuff? Anyway, this present book is one of many many books that look very scrumptious but are at least two chillies short of a proper chicken madras & so it didn't take long to find its way to Oxfam on Sherwood High Street.
I loved reading the essays about all different types of music - especially those that talked either about genres that aren't my favourites or things that I don't know much about. For example, there was an essay on the impact of drugs on music and music scenes, and an excellent essay on jazz music, and improvisation. Sometimes you just have to talk to someone who both understands and appreciates a genre to start to appreciate it yourself. This book was just filled with great essays/articles that I started out cherry-picking, and ended up reading most of them.Surprisingly, I didn't find myself running to the computer to listen to many of the songs that they talked about in the book, and I can't explain why that was. Maybe because I was enjoying the theory enough, and I didn't need to supplement with examples. Maybe. Maybe it's because there were a lot of songs from artists that I hadn't heard of, and they didn't spark an interest. And the rest I already knew well enough. I don't know.Bottom line, it's a great book if you're looking to read essays from some insightful people (with a decidedly British slant) about music, but not necessarily a great book if you're looking to broaden your musical horizons.
Although I'm usually reluctant to trust anything that comes in list form I decided to give this a try and I'm glad I did. The variety of opinion is provided by several writers and, although you won't agree with everything, it's interesting to have so many points of view. It is also a very good way to find music you've never heard before.