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on 22 April 2008
If you are not really interested in the human phenomenon that is popular music then this book will be virtually impenetrable to you. If though, you have spent a few years absorbing the extraordinary sounds that have been conceived and recorded in the last fifty years then Hodginson's book (and indeed its predecessor) is an axiomatic text.
I am a failed musician and yearn to be able to rewind to my youth and take music more seriously in my formative years. I have been in several mediocre bands, normally as the weakest link. 'Song Man' revitalised my interest in music and especially songwriting after 15 years of famine. I was so profoundly affected that I resolved to write a song as soon as I finished reading the book. I am rarely inspired to such an extent. I wrote a rubbish song but thanks to this book I will try again, and again. Well done Will Hodgkinson, you changed my world.