ISBN: 0141013400 Global Overview for this book
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In his first non-fiction work since "Fever Pitch", Nick Hornby writes about 31 songs - most of them loved, some of them once loved, all of them significant to him. He discusses, among other things, guitar solos, losing your virginity to a Rod Stewart song, singers whose teeth whistle and the sort of music you hear in Body Shop.
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Taking this to the First BC Ipswich Christmas Meet tomorrow!
I don’t think I’m a big enough muso to appreciate his erudite reviews; reading about songs, I don’t really get it, that’s a bit like reading about food, or if you have synaethesia, hearing with colours!
One good thing about this list, the 31 songs (and 14 albums) is that it has given me a few new artists to try out...which can’t be a bad thing :)
Being called to task to explain what ‘Get it on/Bang a gong’ means to parents who take the moral high, ground despite having danced to How much is that doggie in the window!, “Rubbishing our children’s tastes is one of the few pleasures remaining to us as we become old, redundant and culturally marginalized.”
NH has an autistic son, and in his uncommunicating world, the way that he reacts to and starts to appreciate music is a joy and consolation, “[its] why I love the relationship that anyone has with music; because there’s something in us that’s beyond the reach of words...It’s the best part of us, probably the richest and strangest part, and Danny’s got it too.”
NH has some interesting comparisons between writing (popular fiction) and music-making, and its subsequent marketing and role in society; obviously music and words are the 2 most important things in his life, after his son that is. Between Bruce Springstein (Thunder Road) and Anne Tyler (Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant), “I’m talking about understanding...the soul of both the work and the creator.”
Read on a car journey- a right mix of tunes and his (sometimes) meandering thoughts about the tracks of his life. Interesting, though I must confess I didn't know a lot of the tracks.
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