Sounds Like Teen Spirit PDF download by Tim English

Sounds Like Teen Spirit

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Publication date: October 2007
ISBN: 9780595906925
Digital Book format: PDF (DRM-Free)
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"A fun read that'll have you replaying the songs in your mind and on your stereo." -Chicago Tribune Have you ever listened to a new song and felt as if you'd heard it before? It's not your imagination. Melodies are "borrowed," consciously or subconsciously, more than you might think. For instance, do you know:

    That U2's "Beautiful Day" shares part of its tune with an a-ha hit from the eighties? Why Huey Lewis was so upset when he first heard Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters"? How John Lennon's classic "Imagine" bears an uncanny resemblance to a novelty record cut by his dad?

Sounds Like Teen Spirit tells the fascinating true stories behind these and many other "sound-alike" songs. Showcasing well-known artists from the Beatles to Kraftwerk, the Staple Singers to U2, it's a virtual catalog of pop music's "secret history" for casual and hardcore rock-and-roll fans alike. With this entertaining and informative guide, you'll be surprised by the tremendously varied musical influences on your favorite songwriters and performers, and you'll develop a genuine appreciation for what it takes to create a melody that is comfortable and pleasing and yet fresh and original. Best of all, you're sure to discover some great artists and songs and hear familiar music in a fresh, new way!
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Sounds Like Teen Spirit

An account which harks to the ‘sampling’ nature of all of today’s music. English writes about songs that have been ‘borrowed from’ or outright copied in the fight for producing unrivalled and ‘original’ material. Its readership will certainly relate to the songs contained, if they know enough about music to notice the constant crossovers and reinventions that take place, and have taken place since the earliest days. An interesting although unchallenging read.
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