The Girl in the Song: The Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics

by Michael Heatley, Frank Hopkinson | Nonfiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1569765308 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by IMissBookIt from Fort Wayne, Indiana USA on Thursday, January 6, 2011
From the back cover, "Women have long inspired rock artists, but what do fans really know about these muses? 'The Girl in the Song' focuses on the girlfriends, wives, rivals, exes, groupies, celebrities, and even complete stranger who inspired 50 of rock's greatest songs. Who was the Emily in Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play"? What happened to Suzanne Verdal, the subject of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne"? After John Lennon wrote "Dear Prudence" at an Indiana ashram, did life change for Mia Farrow's sister Prudence? And whatever happened to Hermione Farthingale, "the girl with the mousy hair," an ex-girlfriend David Bowie sings about in "Life on Mars"?

Authors Michael Heatley and Frank Hopkinson explain how each woman inspired the song that was written about her, whether through a brief flirtation at a party, a lustful visit to the local record store, or simply waiting for a bus. There are minibiographies of each muse--some short and sad, others longer and inspirational. Music buffs will appreciate information on the performers as well as trivia from recording history. It's the perfect book for anyone who's ever wondered, "Who was the girl in that song?"

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This book was full of fun little stories, and it would make for a nice quick read and a chance to learn something new about your favorite song while sipping tea on a cold day. I hope someone finds it as interesting as I did!

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