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Anatomy of a Song (Digital Audiobook)

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

By Marc Myers, Jonathan Yen (Narrator)

Publication Date: October 31, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (11/21/2017)
Hardcover (11/1/2016)
Compact Disc (11/1/2016)
Compact Disc (11/1/2016)
MP3 CD (11/1/2016)

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

Jonathan Yen was inspired by the Golden Age of Radio, and while the gold was gone by the time he got there, he's carried that inspiration through to commercial work, voice acting, and stage productions. His "versatile baritone" and "distinct and perceptive role-playing" make for "a striking marriage of performance and storytelling." From vintage Howard Fast science fiction to naturalist Paul Rosolie's true adventures in the Amazon, Jonathan loves to tell a good story.