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Voices : How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life - by Nick Coleman (Hardcover)

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"Voices isn't just illuminating and thought-provoking and clever; it is exciting."—Roddy Doyle, author of The CommitmentsA personal exploration of what singing means and how it works, Voices is a book about our deepest, most telling relationships with music. Nick Coleman examines the act of singing not as a performance but as a close, difficult moment of hopeful connection. What does it do to us, emotionally and psychologically, to listen hard and habitually to somebody else’s singing? Why is human song so essential to our lives? The book asks many other questions, too: Why did Jagger and Lennon sing like that (and not like this)? Billie, Janis, Amy: must the voices of anguish always dissolve into spectacle? What makes us turn again and again to a singing human voice?The history of postwar popular music is often told in terms of its sociology, influence, or style. Voices offers a different, intimate perspective. In ten discrete but cohering essays, Coleman tackles the arc of that history as an emotional experience with real psychological consequences. He writes about the voices that have affected the ways he feels about and understands the world—from Aretha Franklin to Amy Winehouse, Marvin Gaye to David Bowie. Ultimately, Voices is the story of what it is to listen and be moved—what it is to feel emotion.
Number of Pages: 265
Genre: Music, Literary Collections
Sub-Genre: Genres & Styles, History & Criticism, Essays
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pgw
Book theme: Pop Vocal
Author: Nick Coleman
Language: English
Street Date: November 13, 2018
TCIN: 53708878
UPC: 9781640091153
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-7807
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