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Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin
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Dec 08, 08

Read in November, 2008

Okay... so let me preface this review by noting that I did not purchase this book. In fact, it was a birthday present from the glorious Becky Hammer who suffered through at least a dozen a cappella concerts on my behalf throughout our four years in college, so she can buy my whatever books she damn well pleases.

So Pitch Perfect, written by a witty guy who does some neat magazine work, uncovers the seedy underbelly of collegiate a cappella. He does this by interweaving the story of three groups (University of Oregon Divisi, Tufts Beelzebubs, UVA Hullabahoos) and a cappella history/industry knowledge.

Who would read this book you say? Not many. But for those who do, there are moments of hilarity. Take for example:

~his discussion of acappella puns. the clear winner is the now defunct Harvard Law School "Habeas Chorus" (because justice is blind not deaf)...

~his attempt to describe a cappella performances (he actually tries to write out some syllables)...

So there you have it. Blast from the past. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to go back to arranging some Avril Lavigne for my group.
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