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Song Reader [Hardcover]

Beck Hansen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Dec 2012

Complete with full-colour, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukulele notation), Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be in the 21st century. Beautifully illustrated by Marcel Dzama, Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische and others, Song Reader has been designed by Beck with the help of McSweeney's for release in December 2012.

The 20 songs here, including two instrumentals, are as exciting as you'd expect from their author but if you want to hear 'Do We? We Do', or 'Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard', bringing them to life depends on you, the reader.

Edition Notes: 9.5" × 12.5", 108 pages (comprising 20 individual full-colour song booklets - 18 featuring original lyrics, and 2 instrumentals - with covers from more than a dozen different artists)

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571299407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571299409
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 24.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] visually stunning and captivating album... For anyone with an ear (or an eye) for music, this album is the perfect opportunity to abandon your seats, join the stage and become a participant rather than just a spectator."--"Zink Magazine""Visually sumptuous ... A bold artistic challenge and a madcap creative gauntlet in a pop-culture landscape that favors instant gratification."--"American Way" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A groundbreaking publication: Faber is releasing Beck's new 'album' in the form of twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 30 Dec 2012
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I bought this as a Christmas present for my musician daughter and she loves it. I know that she'll get plenty of use out of it and has already used it for a session with her father. She also took it to a gathering of musicians and they tried some songs. A great idea for connecting people. I'd add that the artwork on the music sheet is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, superbly presented 18 Feb 2013
By Twang
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This must be the freshest idea in music for decades.
Beautifully written, designed and presented. It's just a shame my musical talents don;t do the songwriting justics - but I'm having fun trying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful object, great fun to play 31 Dec 2012
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We have had so much fun playing through this collection of songs and working on our own interpretations - it's a lovely thing to look at and a great way to explore music. Check out the YouTube and Soundcloud uploads by a growing number of amateur and established artists to hear what other people have been inspired to do - I love the way everyone is sharing their experiences of this collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If it's good enough for Tom Robinson... 13 Dec 2012
By Franni
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I've just bought this purely on the strength of the Radio 4 piece too - I think it's a wonderful idea, & if eventually we all upload to YouTube our efforts (in my case Tenor-Sax-With-L-Plates) then it'll be a truly original performance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beck's a genius 23 May 2013
By Steph P
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Hardback folder-book containing all the sheet music for the songs on this "album". The idea of this is brilliant - I just wish I had more musical skills to do the songs any justice whatsoever. I am delighted to own this, the quality is superb and its lovely to look at.
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