Songbook

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Penguin, Oct 7, 2003 - Music - 240 pages
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“All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don’t like them as much as I do.” —Nick Hornby, from Songbook

A wise and hilarious collection from the bestselling author of Funny Girl, About a Boy, and High Fidelity.  

Songs, songwriters, and why and how they get under our skin…

Songbook is Nick Hornby’s labor of love. A shrewd, funny, and completely unique collection of musings on pop music, why it’s good, what makes us listen and love it, and the ways in which it attaches itself to our lives—all with the beat of a perfectly mastered mix tape. 




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Contents

Introduction Your Love Is the Place Where I Come From Teenage Fanclub
3
Thunder Road Bruce Springsteen
7
Im Like a Bird Nelly Furtado
15
Heartbreaker Led Zeppelin
19
One Man Guy Rufus Wainwright
25
Samba Pa Ti Santana
29
Mama You Been on My Mind Rod Stewart
33
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? Bob Dylan
39
Glorybound The Bible
87
Caravan Van Morrison
93
So Ill Run Butch Hancock and Marce LaCouture
99
Puff the Magic Dragon Gregory Isaacs
103
Reasons to Be Cheerful Part 3 Ian Dury the Blockheads
109
Late for the Sky Jackson Browne
115
Hey Self Defeater Mark Mulcahy
121
Needle in a Haystack The Velvelettes
127

You Had Time Ani DiFranco
45
Born for Me Paul Westerberg
53
Frankie Teardrop Suicide
59
is First I Look at the Purse the J Geils Band
65
Smoke Ben Folds Five
73
A Minor Incident Badly Drawn Boy
81
Lets Straighten It Out O V Wright
133
Royksopps Night Out Royksopp
139
Its a Manns World
157
Sweet Misery
173
Pop Quiz
189
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About the author (2003)

NICK HORNBY is the author of the internationally bestselling novels High Fidelity, About a Boy, A Long Way Down, Slam, Juliet, Naked, and Funny Girl, as well as several works of nonfiction. He lives in London.

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