One Last Song (Hardcover)

Conversations on Life, Death, and Music

By Mike Ayers, Studio Muti (Illustrator), Jim James (Foreword by), Shea Serrano (Contributions by)

Abrams Image, 9781419738203, 192pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2020

List Price: 24.99*
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Description

An ironically upbeat book that asks some of today’s most inimitable musicians which song they would choose to be the last one they ever hear
 
If you could choose the last song you’d hear before you died, what would it be and why? Your favorite song of all time? Perhaps the one you danced to at your wedding? The song from that time you got super stoned and just let the chords speak to you? It’s a hard question that Mike Ayers has thought about for years.
 
In One Last Song, Ayers invites 30 musicians to consider what song they would each want to accompany them to those pearly white gates. Weaving together their explanations with evocative illustrations and poignant interludes—what your song to die to says about you, what songs famous people have died to, and more. The book offers insight into the minds of famous artists and provides an entry point for considering how integral music is to our own personal narratives.
 


About the Author

Mike Ayers has been an arts and entertainment journalist and editor for outlets such as the Wall Street JournalRolling StoneGQTIMEEsquireBillboard, and many more. He is currently the executive editor at Money. 


Shea Serrano is an award-winning writer, author, and illustrator. His most recent book, The Rap Year Book, reached the bestseller lists of the New York Times and Washington Post, topped the Arts and Entertainment iBooks bestseller list, and was named one of Billboard’s Best 100 Music Books of All Time. Currently, Serrano is a staff writer for The Ringer. He lives in Houston, Texas.