Heavy Rotation by Peter Terzian

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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 remembers how the Smiths' Queen Is Dead transformed him into an adolescent Anglophile. Pankaj Mishra describes how a bootleg cassette of ABBA's Super Trouper evoked a world far from his small Indian village. Kate Christensen relives her years as an aspiring novelist in Brooklyn listening to Rickie Lee Jones's Flying Cowboys. And Joshua Ferris recalls his head-banging passion for Pearl Jam's Ten.

Exploring music from the Talking Heads to the Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack, this extraordinary anthology is a moving, funny, uplifting, and unforgettable celebration of the unique and essential relationship between life and music.


About Peter Terzian

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Peter Terzian has written for the New York Times, Slate, the Believer, Print, the National, Columbia Journalism Review, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published June 6, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Music writing with a personal twist by an assortment of modern writers, including Joshua Ferris, James Wood, Pankaj Mishra and Kate Christensen.

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BC Books

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A great job sharing the world of music through the rhythm and music of writing.

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Twenty writers get personal about the music that changed their lives, in ways great and small.

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Book Forum

“Writers love music,” observes Peter Terzian in his introduction to Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives.

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The Village Voice

Those who do this for a living or do this sometimes for a living will greet the full contributors list—the rest is under wraps as yet—with something very close to relief: people who actually know how to write writing about records, presumably jargon-free, axes free of grinding, with—by all indica...

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In any case, Annie was really so lucky: not only was she Annie, but she got to play Annie on the big screen.

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