Anatomy Of A Song by Marc Myers

Anatomy Of A Song

Anatomy Of A Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop

I’ve been reading a lot of Rock Biographies lately. I find the stories very interesting, but the stories I really want to hear deal with the creative process. How do they come up with their ideas? How is the song written? How is it recorded. Myers has distilled those questions by focusing on single songs and asking the questions I would ask. He selects songs (seemingly at random) and tracks down the artists and musicians that made it happen. From there each story is different and yet similar: a lot of hard work and little bit of luck. Each chapter comes from his Wall Street Journal column. Myers did put them in chronological order, so they tell the story of popular music. The book runs from “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” (1952) to “Losing My Religion” (1991) but in reality there aren’t many songs covered after 1979. Five of 45 chapters/songs. I hope he continues to write this column and continues to ask the important questions.

336 pages

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  1. Lawdy Miss Clawdy by Lloyd Price
  2. K. C. Loving by Little Willie Littlefield
  3. Shout by The Isley Brothers
  4. Please Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes
  5. Runaround Sue by Dion DiMucci
  6. Chapel of Love by the Dixie Cups
  7. You Really Got Me by the Kinks
  8. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling by the Righteous Brothers
  9. My Girl by The Temptations
  10. Reach Out I’ll Be There by the Four Tops
  11. Darling Be Home Soon by John Sebastian
  12. Light My Fire by The Doors
  13. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
  14. Groovin’ by the Young Rascals
  15. Different Drum by the Stone Poneys
  16. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
  17. Fist City by Loretta Lynn
  18. Street Fighting Man by the Rolling Stones
  19. Stand by Your Man by Tammy Wynette
  20. Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf
  21. Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  22. Oh Happy Day by The Edwin Hawkins Singers
  23. Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley
  24. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
  25. Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin
  26. Moonlight Mile by the Rolling Stones
  27. Maggie May by Rod Stewart
  28. Carey by Joni Mitchell
  29. Respect Yourself by The Staple Singers
  30. The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff
  31. Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight And The Pips
  32. Ramblin’ Man by The Allman Brothers
  33. Rock The Boat by The Hues Corporation
  34. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
  35. Love’s In Need Of Love Today by Stevie Wonder
  36. Deacon Blues by Steely Dan
  37. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes by Elvis Costello
  38. Heart of Glass by Blondie
  39. Another Brick In the Wall by Pink Floyd
  40. London Calling by the Clash
  41. Brother John/Iko Iko by the Neville Brothers
  42. Big City by Merle Haggard
  43. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
  44. Nick Of Time by Bonnie Raitt
  45. Losing My Religion by R.E.M.

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