This Will End in Tears by Adam Brent Houghtaling
The Miserabilist Guide to Music

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This Will End in Tears is the first ever and definitive guide to melancholy music. Author Adam Brent Houghtaling leads music fans across genres, beyond the enclaves of emo and mope-rock, and through time to celebrate the albums and artists that make up the miserabilist landscape. In essence a book about the saddest songs ever sung, This Will End in Tears is an encyclopedic guide to the masters of melancholy—from Robert Johnson to Radiohead, from Edith Piaf to Joy Division, from Patsy Cline to The Cure—an insightful, exceedingly engaging exploration into why sad songs make us so happy.

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In my early teens, the capes and tights of my comics-bred youth fell away, replaced with an explosion of sound from GUNS 'N' ROSES, BLACK SABBATH, S.O.D., INXS, THE DESCENDENTS, and THE MISFITS. In short order I began playing bass and started a staple-bound fanzine (Chinchilla Smile) to celebrate my favorite indie-pop bands. Music has been a passionate part of my life and depressing music makes me particularly happy and I routinely sweep hours away in record stores and online looking for new artists to feed this miserable addiction. I'm a singer and a songwriter and have written for Prefix Magazine and was responsible for music coverage across 8 cities while an editor at AOL CityGuide. I have been an editor for over ten years and was most recently the online editorial director at, the online extension of Gourmet Magazine.
Published August 7, 2012 by It Books. 415 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Mini essays shed light on world-class mopes (Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Nico, The Cure, Townes Van Zandt), fascinating obscurities (16th-century weeper John Dowland, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, East River Pipe, The Field Mice) and key tracks in every genre (Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” ...

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Freelance writer Houghtaling initially defines “miserabilist” music by scrolling through some of the artists on his iPhone: David Ackles, Patsy Cline, Joy Division, George Ligeti, and Radiohead, among others.

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With entries about musical artists from every genre and era, if it’s misery you seek, Houghtaling will aid your search to build the perfect playlist with his list of the “50 Saddest Songs of All Time.” He even breaks it down into chapters for the appropriate musical selection/artist to accompany ...

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