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My Favourite Album: Best of the Guardian blog (Guardian Shorts Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

The Guardian , Tim Jonze
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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How do you choose your favourite album? It seems that the answer is: you don't, they choose you.

Some of the Guardian's most respected writers explain how they came to discover and love their favourite albums. From Jon Wilde's moving piece on Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven, to Laura Barton's delicate description of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, there's something in here for lovers of all genres and decades. There's even an ode to that classic collection of chart-topping hits: Now that's what I call music!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6337 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books; 1 edition (13 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067MDHSC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 6 Dec. 2011
I'm a big fan of the Guardian and am also a music lover; if you are similarly inclined then this is right up your street.

Essentially, this is a collection of articles that spans some 60 years of music, with each contributor offering a personal insight into their choices. Each article takes no longer than 10 minutes of slow, careful reading, and no one is the same. Some are deeply personal, examining why at a certain period in their life a particular album came into view and made everything better. Others are more focused on the music itself, ostensibly an essay but in no way hard or grueling to read.

I wasn't aware of some of the albums mentioned, so it also served as a way to expand my musical taste.

At £1.44 it is well worth it. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music writing as it should be 15 Jan. 2012
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There's a broad church of music represented here: jazz, rock, punk, world, disco soundtracks, compilation albums etc - but the case for each entry is made compellingly by the person writing the article. I'm really enjoying reading and re-reading what's on offer here, because - rare in most album reviews like this - it's a very personal take and links the power of music to personal circumstances and life episodes. This combination of great writing on music and personal context lifts the content above the usual rather smug album reviews that make into those life lists that are all the rage at the moment.

Short, sharp and to the point, as a previous reviewer here has rightly stated, these bite-sized articles won't take up too much time to read, but they might get you thinking about why your own musical selections are so important. The content here reminded me of Nick Hornby's "31 Songs" - expanded to album format, so if you enjoyed that, you'll enjoy this.

One final note - even though I'm unlikely to explore some of the albums here, I can appreciate and enjoy the passion of the connection between writer and their chosen music, and anyone who can convey that link is worth reading.

Another great Kindle buy from Guardian Shorts - and for the money this is way better than most album review books you'll find in the shops, because it's written from the heart.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the asking price. 21 Oct. 2013
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Pretentious twaddle. I agree with a previous reviewer that some of the authors were merely concerned with their own lives not the merits of the music. If i knew who these people were then it might have meant something to me, the reader. In fact it just left me cold.
Other contributors chose obscure albums in a vain attempt to appear cool, but I suppose that is just typical of the Guardian.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak 1 Sept. 2013
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Most of the essays are facile. Some of them look suspiciously like an attempt to look cool.

Those that are serious are interesting, but even then, very few of them give any insight into the music, more often a summary of a time and/or place in the author's life. If you know anything about the writer, this can mean something and make for a page or or two worth reading.
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