Anatomy of a Song (Compact Disc)

The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop

By Marc Myers, Jonathan Yen (Narrated by)

HighBridge Audio, 9781681683140

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (11/21/2017)
Hardcover (11/1/2016)

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Description

Part artist confessional, part musical analysis, Anatomy of a Song ranges from the Isley Brothers' "Shout" to Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" to R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion." After being discharged from the army in 1968, John Fogerty does a handstand and revises Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to come up with "Proud Mary." Joni Mitchell remembers living in a cave on Crete with the "mean old daddy" who inspired her 1971 hit "Carey." Elvis Costello talks about writing "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" in ten minutes on the train to Liverpool. Mick Jagger, Jimmy Cliff, Roger Waters, Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, and many other leading artists reveal for the first time the emotions, inspirations, and techniques behind their influential works. Covering the history of rock, R&B, country, disco, soul, reggae, and pop, Anatomy of a Song is a love letter to the songs that have defined generations of listeners.


About the Author

Marc Myers is a frequent contributor to the "Wall Street Journal," where he writes about rock, soul, and jazz, as well as the arts. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book "Why Jazz Happened," and posts daily at JazzWax.com, winner of the 2015 Jazz Journalists Association s award for Jazz Blog of the Year."