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Heavy Rotation

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Colm Tóibín on Joni Mitchell • James Wood on The Who • Stacey D'Erasmo on Kate Bush • Daniel Handler on Eurythmics • Lisa Dierbeck on the Pretenders • Clifford Chase on the B-52s . . . and other writers on the soundtracks of their lives

In Heavy Rotation, twenty of our most acclaimed contemporary writers pay homage to the record albums that inspired them. Benjamin Kunkel r
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
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Reflecting on how Eurythmics taught him about the ironic power of fakery, Daniel Handler describes record albums as "pegs on which to hang stories." In "Heavy Rotation," 20 contemporary writers hang stories -- of alienation and identity, of growth and nostalgia -- on a particular music collection. Editor Peter Terzian largely succeeds in his goal of bringing music and literature together. What could have been a crop of fanboy/girl exercises is a collection of informed essays that offer personal ...more
Greg Olear
Some are better than others, but the ones that are good are really really good. Terzian's is my favorite, on an album that doesn't exist.
Kalle Wescott
I loved the concept of writers writing about the music (in this case, one album per writer - remember albums?) that they loved, that had changed their lives.

However, it turned out to be fairly uninteresting.... even when I listened to the albums they were writing about as I read each piece.

The one exception to this is No Mod Cons, by James Wood, about the Who's Quadrophenia, which is a fantastic piece that explores Quadrophenia, the Who, and their music and lyrics, in the context of what was hap

We all have albums that have impacted our lives in some way: soundtracks to a certain summer, lyrics that spoke to a transition (love or otherwise) in our lives. In Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on The Albums That Changed Their Lives, edited and with an introduction by Peter Terzian, the personal musical musings of twenty bright talents are explored.

Stand-outs included Colm Toibin’s “Three Weeks in the Summer,” his story of a deep connection with Joni Mitchell’s
Gus Sanchez
While I can certainly appreciate each author taking the time to write an essay on one album that has influenced or impacted their lives, I can't say I'm impressed with the albums they've chosen. Still, regardless of how one feels about yet another essay on how a Smiths album totally rocked their teenaged world back when, the essays themselves are well-written, a naked glimpse into thought processes and emotional battlefields that only these albums could help with in coping with these scenarios.

*But here I am, wondering about a friend who's almost entirely vanished. There's no email to re-read anymore, nothing to find on Google, nothing but a compact disc.* - "Mental Chickens" - Todd Pruzan
Breezed through about half the essays (sorry no interest in some of the albums).
Abigail (Abbe)
a cool book. i really enjoyed the piece by Alice Elliot Dark. very talented.
Tina Siegel
A great anthology for music lovers or cultural studies nerds. =)
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