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Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped-Off Riffs, and the Secret History of Rock and Roll

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Ever heard a song and thought "Hey, they ripped that off!" "Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped-off Riffs and the Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll" is the first book ever to examine the phenomenon of songs that appear to have "borrowed" their melodies from earlier songs.

While many are familiar with the similarities between George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and
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Paperback, 175 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by iUniverse (first published 2006)
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Scott Vine
Jan 28, 2016 Scott Vine rated it really liked it
[This is review of the 2016 edition]

If you listen to a lot of music, you do find yourself regularly thinking ‘that sounds like …’ This book looks at those songs and artists who have been *cough* ‘inspired’ by other songs.

There are chapters devoted to serial ‘borrowers’ such as The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, Brice Springsteen and Bob Dylan (who doesn’t stop at music for his plagiarism), as well as more recent proponents of the skill – Oasis and Green Day, Robin Thicke, Sam Smith and Coldp
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Seton Rae
Mar 19, 2016 Seton Rae rated it really liked it
Tim English serves as an engaging and knowledgeable tour guide through the world of pop music similarities, both deliberate and unintended. His wide-ranging examples provide interesting listening suggestions for the reader.
Gina
Aug 14, 2016 Gina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, dnf, 2016
The title and description of this book really caught my attention. However, the book itself I just could not get into. The content within the book basically focused on how many songs in rock and roll are just copies of other songs. It focuses on both famous bands such as The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to modern artists such as Sam Smith and Coldplay. If you are interested in the "inspiration" of some of the songs you know and love, this book may be for you. However, I found it to be just a running ...more
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Sep 23, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it
Fun and informative, if not particularly well-written.
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