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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group; 1 edition (23 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082642788X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826427885
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 1.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let's Talk"" about one of the most interesting music books you'll read this year...  The always critical and erudite Mr. Wilson actually approached Let's Talk About Love as a non-fan grappling with questions of ""good"" and ""bad"" taste... It's almost certainly the only installment in the series to discuss  French-Canadian race relations, rockism, and Milan Kundera's thoughts  on kitsch. --Idolator.com

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Carl Wilson is a writer and editor in Toronto at the Globe and Mail. He has written a weekly music column there for more than four years. One of his columns was reprinted in Da Capo's Best Music Writing 2002 volume, edited by Jonathan Lethem.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Mar 2014
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Celine Dion.

What’s your response? Like me, it’s probably: ick. Right?

Well, you’re not alone as nearly everyone seems to have this response to Dion mostly thanks to her obnoxious monster hit, My Heart Will Go On, from James Cameron’s Titanic that won an Oscar and sold bazillions of copies worldwide. But chances are you won’t have heard much of her music beyond that song, or know much about her as a person, and yet the response to Dion is still: ick. Why?

That’s what Carl Wilson sets out to discover in his look at Dion’s album Let’s Talk About Love. But unlike the other books in the 33 ⅓ series, Dion’s album is barely touched upon as Wilson chooses instead to examine what “taste” is and how people form critical opinions in culture.

What Wilson does in the book is definitely interesting and laudable but I found his conclusions to be a little obvious and his approach a bit too academic at times. He basically comes to chastise himself for being too much of a snob to exclude Dion and pop music in general because he perceives it to be schmaltzy and decides to be more inclusive of his cultural intake - which is fine, but isn’t an eye-opening revelation (not to me anyway as this is already my own personal approach to all things cultural) especially when that’s what you’d expect in a book that sets itself up the way it has.

I appreciate the extensive research Wilson’s put into his book like informing the reader of Dion’s life and background, and putting her personality into the context of her Quebec upbringing - if nothing else, you’ll come away knowing a lot about Dion as a person. But did we really need an entire chapter on schmaltz?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D Belbin on 25 Feb 2008
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I can't imagine that many people will click through to this page unless they're fans of Celine Dion, yet few people who like Dion are likely to be interested in this book, which is by far the best of the fine 33 1/3 series so far. I devoured it, despite never having consciously heard a single Celine Dion song (I just listened to her Titanic song, which is discussed here, and I already have no memory of it, she's that kind of singer). This is an engrossing, wide ranging book about why people like the things they do, discussing all sorts of subjects from kitsch and Eurovision to various philosophers/sociologists I'd not come across (eg Pierre Bourdieu) before. I picked this up on the back of a rave in the excellent Said The Gramophone MP3 blog. An outstanding contribution to an excellent series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amanda gilroy on 28 Oct 2013
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Best book, fiction or non-fiction, that I read this year. Carl Wilson takes a journey from despising Dion to listening to her with sympathy and appreciating why people love her. Along the way, he gives a fabulous account of how "taste" operates to construct our self identities and enforce class boundaries (great embedded synopsis of Bourdieu's theories). The book validates the sentimental and the emotional, and is itself movingly written. Wilson's autobiographical honesty moved me to sympathetic tears. And I do have a new appreciation of Celine. I'll be adding this book to my American Studies courses, and have recommended it to anyone who will listen.
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phenomenal book...really interesting musicological dissection of the music of celine and musical taste in general.

very intuitive, lots of ideas sparking round and never once does it let it's intellectual content compromise just how enjoyable it is to read.
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By jack on 7 Nov 2014
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Brilliant read
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