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The Greatest Music Stories Never Tol: 100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder and Stupefy (The Greatest Stories Never Told)

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Rick Beyer plums the vast archives of the History Channel to deliver a treasure trove of obscure and fascinating stories to delight and entertain. "The Greatest Music Stories Never Told" continues the series tradition with short, fascinating tales accompanied by an array of stunning and diverse photographs from around the globe. "The Greatest Music Stories Never Told" illu ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 24th 2011)
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Amirmohammad Ghorbani
کتاب از ماجرایی در ۵۰۰ سال قبل میلاد شروع و به سال ۲۰۰۷ ختم میشود. بیشتر داستانهای آن به موسیقی جز و راک برمیگردد و برای طرفداران این سبکها، حتما جذاب است. یکی از داستانهای آخرش که به نظرم جالب بود، "انقلاب آوازها" است. مردمان استونی راهشان را با آواز به سوی آزادی باز کردند. حیرتانگیز است واقعا

"تا امروز تمام انقلابها پر از خرابی، آتش، کشتار و نفرت بوده است. ما انقلابمان را با لبخند و آواز آغاز کردهایم"
هنرمند و فعال سیاسی اهل استونی - هاینس والک
Awesome. The stories are both enjoyable and informative and easy to read. The text and pictures are appealing to the eye and the subject matter covers musical interests from classical to rock. I am a sucker for useless tidbits of information, but I honestly think that anyone who has an interest in music or popular culture would enjoy this book. And I'm excited that I got a chance to read it even before publication date! Now, is there going to be an accompanying tv series? Because that is somethi ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You can read my review here
Chris Sherwood
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read for anyone interested in music.
Nancy  Price
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Another in Rick Beyer's Greatest Stories Never Told series, this book is comprised of 100 two page stories on music history trivia, ranging from the question of whether Nero really fiddled while Rome burned to vignettes on the Beatles and Broadway. Some of the stories have only a casual connection to music while others are much more in a music history tradition. The stories are entertaining and easily readable with photos included. I was disappointed, however, that more than half of the book tak ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was expecting this to be much different then what I actually received. The book looks at stories about music in a chronological order starting with 1400 B.C. Call me crazy but I don't really care much about stories that were never told back then. I was hoping for stories more in this century or at least from the beginning of pop music in the 50's-60's. Once the book gets to the 50's it really doesn't have much to it, and I think from 1997-2011 there are two stories, and they don't have anythin ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Another addition to the "Greatest ________ Stories Never Told" series. Though there were more than a few stories that I was already familiar with and a few that were a bit of a stretch in the importance in music history, it was an enjoyable book. The short stories in some cases did make me want to read more about the particular topic. It was also easy to pick-up and put-down with no loss of continuity. Also, for those who are unsure if they are interested in the subject matter, it is easy to pic ...more
Nick Popadich
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Heard about this on NPR . . . who knew that DeNiro's attitude was responsible for bringing about the Sinatra standard "New York, New York"? Rick Beyer knew, and he shares great tidbits of musical trivia in a year-by-year format. This book had me constantly interrupting my wife's TV viewing to share facts about how instruments were created, how popular lyrics came about, and how some of the greatest musical teams formed. I thought I knew a fair amount about music and pop culture, but Beyer had pl ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Cute little curt histories, pictures, drawings and trivia relating to popular songs of the past. Their origins, their first uses, their context changes and other quirky details. Enjoying all of them, I found some of them quite intriguing, especially upon context or purpose of the original composer. Especially Yankee Doodle Dandy and Bring Me Out to the Ball Game- because it is ironic that they are such icons of the locations of their use today when their origins held nearly opposite nuance.
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Best stories:
The one about Giuseppe Tartini selling his soul to the devil.
Ben Franklin's armonica. (I really have to look that up on youtube!!)
The sad one about Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Aldolphe Sax (I have to include him, as a sax player myself)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck.
"Rhapsody in Blue" George Gershwin
Stephen Sondheim and Oscar Hammerstein
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, nonfiction, history
This delightful and informative book is one you will pick up again and again. Chock full of fascinating tidbits concerning songs and composers – as well as other people and things connected to music – you will discover dozens of entertaining facts as you read these seldom told stories. There is something for everyone in this liberally illustrated book.
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fascinating collection of 2-page entries providing little known information about events in music history. Arranged chronologically from 1400 BC through 2007, the author has compiled stories ranging all types of musical styles and topics.
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok

I liked this one. Some of the stories were amazing. Some were not that interesting. I would say its a nice thing to lend or show but not the greatest music stories never told. A very deceiving title
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So fun! This being a book about musicians, there are a few stories that I wouldn't share with kids and some of the quotes contain profanities, but nothing so horrible that I wouldn't give it 5 stars. Is definitely worth reading :)
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book. However, it's a book with lots of details -- which I do not remember very well. But it was still fun to read.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
A fun, breezy, quick read. Amusing stories from music's history.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
If you're looking for music industry gems, look elsewhere. This reads like a series of Paul Harvey "...and now you know the rest of the story" tidbits, but with no sense of a true reveal.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Eh. The stories either weren't that great or very familiar (the writing of Amazing Grace familiar). One to skip.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gifts, history, music
it was fun. a lot of stuff I was already aware of, but also some fun stories I had never heard.
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Interesting enough.
Sep 10, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy
from Unshelved Book Club 9 Sept 2011
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute, fun, some of it you already know but much of it you don't. Presented well, good airplane reading
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Each story is told in 2 pages. Its a good one to pick up every so often.
Jul 02, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: from-library
Just couldn't get into the book at the moment, may try to read it later.
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Rick Beyer is a best-selling author, an award-winning filmmaker and long-time history enthusiast. His newest book, Rivals Unto Death traces the thirty-year rivalry of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.
"In this fascinating dual biography, Beyer brings these two towering figures to vivid life on the page." --New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides.
Beyer is the co-author (with Elizabeth Say
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