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Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives [Paperback]

Peter Terzian

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Paperback. Pub Date: Jun Pages: 320 in Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Colm Tibn on Joni Mitchell ? James Wood on The Who ? Stacey D'Erasmo on Kate Bush ? Daniel Handler on Eurythmics ? Lisa Dierbeck on the Pretenders ? Clifford Chase on the B-52s ... and other writers on the soundtracks of their lives In Heavy Rotation. twenty of our most acclaimed contemporary writers pay homage to the record albums that inspired them. Benjamin Kunkel remembers how the Smiths' Queen Is Dead transformed him into an adolescent Anglophile. Pankaj Mishra describes how a bootleg cassette of ABBA's Super Trouper evoked a world far from his small Indian village. Kate Christensen relives her years as an aspiring novelist in ooklyn listening to Rickie Lee Jones's Flying Cowboys. And Joshua Ferris recalls his head-banging passion for Pearl Jam's Ten. Exploring music from the Talking Heads to the...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Flecked with flakes of fabulous. Necessary. 29 Jun 2009
By Henry Alford - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrific collection, full of gorgeous writing and well-observed reporting. Sheila Heti's account of being hyper-obsessed with the soundtrack of "Annie" as a child is worth the price of admission (Heti became so convinced that she herself was an orphan that she asked her parents to show her her own birth certificate), and there are solid, artful contributions from Benjamin Kunkel, Stacey D'Erasmo, and Claire Dederer, among others. This is a surefire read or gift for anyone who is interested in music or grew up misunderstood.
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting book for music enthusiasts 13 Jun 2012
By Gigi Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this for my husband who likes to read music reviews and history and, being a compilation of short "stories", it was a good bedtime book. I liked being able to sample different styles of writing by each of the authors. I mainly got it because I saw that Joshua Ferris contributed and we have liked his fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Soundtracks for Twenty Different Lives 1 April 2012
By Alternative Control - Published on Amazon.com
"One of my favorite essays was Terzian's contribution "Nine Lives," about the British punks Miaow and their never-released album Priceless Innuendo. I looked up Miaow ([...]) on the internet and couldn't even stand listening to an entire song. Terzian was obsessed with them, though, to the point of tracking down vocalist Cath Carroll, developing a friendship with her, and begging her to send him his Holy Grail: unreleased Priceless Innuendo tracks." -- From Alternative Control
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality 18 Sep 2010
By Sunny Shih - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is brand new, minimal wear. Shipping was fast. WIll definitely buy again from this seller!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 12 Sep 2009
By wroxton - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't love this book, but it probably would appeal more to music fans in their 20s and mid-30s. From reading the description of the content, I thought the albums that "changed their lives" would have been from an earlier era. My mistake, not the books, though the blurb is a bit misleading.
It did get me interested in listening to a few performers that I ignored before, so it did serve a purpose for my "musical education."
But, all in all, it wasn't a book I would have bought had I been in a book store, looked through the table of contents, and skimmed the text.
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