Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives
By Peter Terzian
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061579745, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 2009
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Colm TÓibÍn 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 Brooklyn 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 Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack, this extraordinary anthology is a moving, funny, uplifting, and unforgettable celebration of the unique and essential relationship between life and music.
Peter Terzian has written for the New York Times, Slate, the Believer, Print, the National, Columbia Journalism Review, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.