Voices (Hardcover)

How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life

By Nick Coleman

Counterpoint LLC, 9781640091153, 352pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

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Description

"Voices isn't just illuminating and thought-provoking and clever; it is exciting." --Roddy Doyle, author of The Commitments

A personal exploration of what singing means and how it works, Voices is a book about our deepest, most telling relationships with music. Nick Coleman examines the act of singing not as a performance but as a close, difficult moment of hopeful connection. What does it do to us, emotionally and psychologically, to listen hard and habitually to somebody else's singing? Why is human song so essential to our lives? The book asks many other questions, too: Why did Jagger and Lennon sing like that (and not like this)? Billie, Janis, Amy: must the voices of anguish always dissolve into spectacle? What makes us turn again and again to a singing human voice?

The history of postwar popular music is often told in terms of its sociology, influence, or style. Voices offers a different, intimate perspective. In ten discrete but cohering essays, Coleman tackles the arc of that history as an emotional experience with real psychological consequences. He writes about the voices that have affected the ways he feels about and understands the world--from Aretha Franklin to Amy Winehouse, Marvin Gaye to David Bowie. Ultimately, Voices is the story of what it is to listen and be moved--what it is to feel emotion.


About the Author

NICK COLEMAN was the music editor at Time Out for seven years, then the arts and features editor at the Independent and the Independent on Sunday. He has also written on music for The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, New Statesman, Intelligent Life, GQ, and The Wire. He is the author of The Train in the Night, which was short-listed for the 2012 Wellcome Book Prize.
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