Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin
The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory

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A musical tale of collegiate a cappella filled of high notes, high drama, and high jinks is now a major motion picture.

Get ready to be pitch slapped.

The roots of unaccompanied vocal music stretch all the way back to Gregorian chants of the Middle Ages, and collegiate a cappella is over a century old. But what was once largely an Ivy League phenomenon has, in the past twenty years, exploded. And it’s not what you think. Though the blue blazers and khakis may remain, a cappella groups at colleges across the country have become downright funky.

In Pitch Perfect, journalist Mickey Rapkin follows a season in a cappella through all its twists and turns, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies (yes, there are a cappella groupies), the rock-star partying, and all the bitter rivalries. Rapkin brings you into the world of collegiate a cappella characters—from movie-star looks and celebrity-size egos to a troubled new singer with the megawatt voice. Including encounters with a cappella alums like John Legend and Diane Sawyer and fans from Prince to presidents, Rapkin shows that a cappella isn’t for the faint of heart—or lungs.

Sure to strikea chord with fans of Glee and The Sing-Off, this raucous story of a cappella rock stars shows that sometimes, to get that perfect harmony, you have to embrace a little discord.

About Mickey Rapkin

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Mickey Rapkin is a senior editor at GQ and has written for The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly.
Published May 29, 2008 by Gotham. 320 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Perhaps even more amusing are the alums who can’t let go: One Tufts grad made a career out of producing a cappella albums, and another continued to lend his country home to the Bubs even after they accidentally burned down the house they were renting from him in Somerville, Mass.

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According to GQ senior editor Rapkin, today’s lively collegiate a cappella groups boast hip-hop repertory, professional vocal arrangements, competitions at

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The Washington Post

To its credit, “Pitch Perfect” totally gets one critical fact: A cappella singing contests are both a little bit amazing and a little bit ridiculous.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

PITCH PERFECT Directed by Jason Moore Screenplay by Kay Cannon from the book by Mickey Rapkin Rated M, 112 minutes Showing at cinemas everywhere Pitch Perfect gets its gross-out moment over early.

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Campus Circle

Mickey Rapkin, the author of Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, analyzes in the intro how a cappella has fallen, in society’s eyes, from a revered Ivy League institution to a joke.

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