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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story behind the Song: The Exclusive Personal Stories behind 101 of Your Favorite Songs [Paperback]

Jack Canfield , Mark Victor Hansen , Jo-Ann Geffen , Lamont Dozier

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Book Description

Nov. 10 2009
(Book). Recounts the exclusive, personal stories behind 101 of your favorite songs, from artists including Barry Manilow, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Paul Anka, Hall & Oates, Huey Lewis, Kanye West, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Heart, Queen, Bon Jovi and dozens of others. Features a foreword by Lamont Dozier, a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and architect of the Motown sound.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (Nov. 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935096400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935096405
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a favorite publisher of books that provide inspirational and human interest stories.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Jo-Ann Geffen is president and CEO of JAG Entertainment, a public relations and celebrity booking company.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful version of chicken soup Aug. 13 2010
By CozyReadersCorner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Story behind the Song is a compilation of one hundred and one classic and popular well known songs. Spanning across decades of music, each chapter gives the artist or writers story along with the full lyrics. The book is packed full of interesting information and emotions attached to some of our favorite songs. If you have ever wondered how a song came to be, or if the lyrics mean anything personal to the artist, this installment of Chicken Soup for the Soul is for you.

The book is divided into chapters by each individual song. Each chapter has the artist picture, name and song title, followed by the written by and recorded by details. From here the narrative starts on how the song came to be or the story behind the development of the song. Immediately following the artists' comments are the full lyrics to the song. There is no doubt that you will want to go find your old forgotten CDs or your new and favorite CDs to hear these songs. If you don't have the songs on CD you will probably end up finding yourself on the internet like I did, searching for the song so that you can listen to it and be reminded of its' tune and passion while you read this book. I also used the internet to search for the songs I was not as familiar with or had not heard before, though they were few and far between. It was amazing to hear the song after learning more about how it came to be.

Due to the setup of the chapters, the book leaves the reader with options on how they would prefer to read it. I started off reading cover to cover but quickly switched my tactic. I was finding each entry very intriguing and found myself wanting to read about some of my favorites first. It is very easy to read this book out of order. After grabbing a pencil and making a small mark next to the chapters I had read, I went through and chose the order I wanted to read in, making sure to mark each chapter on the table of contents page after reading it. One of my favorite stories was from Gavin Rossdale who talks about his song "Love Remains the Same". I found that this story was one that every reader would be able to connect with. It is a beautiful song with beautiful lyrics and an honest story behind it. There were many great stories in this book that it is hard to choose just one favorite. I also really enjoyed Liz Phair's "Divorce Song". I was unfamiliar with this song, but it was great to read and then listen too. It is always great to find new music and new artist.

The Story behind the Song is a delightful look at generations of music and lyrics. It is heart warming and at times comical. The reader is given a glimpse at the blood, sweat and tears along with heartache, pain, enjoyment and pay off that goes into the writing process and success! I would love to see Chicken Soup for the Soul come out with a second installment of this book, or maybe even one about authors and their creative process or story behind their books. It was a fresh and new perspective to the Chicken Soup series.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read - Good to know the stories behind the Songs I Love Nov. 20 2009
By M. Shell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was given this book as a present last week - To my surprise I loved every minute of reading it. The book is comprised of so many songs that I have loved - hummed and song and now I am able to read the stories behind these songs. I found it quite interesting to read the songwriters thoughts which now gives us a more personal insight into how many of these songs originated. I have just purchased 10 books to give as Xmas gifts.
If you like to listen to music than this is a must read.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and Interesting, Too Nov. 17 2009
By Alain Raineau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had never read a "Chicken Soup" book before this one. I thought they would be sappy. But not at all. The remembrances in "The Story Behind the Song" are a collection of wonderful history, heartfelt personal tales, and altogether I found myself wanting to read one more and one more...okay...just one more...and before long realized I had read the entire book in one sitting. This would make a really great holiday gift. We all have memories and connectives to many of these songs and the book fills in the backstory beautifully and warmly and respectfully. it is written in a light yet often substantive style that would make it a great read for that long flight to the family at Christmastime...and give you something to talk about, too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Laughed, I Cried, I Fell in Love with most of the artists. Dec 15 2009
By Mr. W. A. Mackey III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a great book!! It was so great to read the stories behind the songs. Some were touching like that of Art Alexakis. Makes you realize what a great man he is and just how sweet he seems with his own kids! Then there are stories by Lamont Dozier and others that are HILARIOUS!!! No Tell Motel? Seriously!! hahaha

What's so great about this book is that it is a simple, yet fun read. The stories are concise, well-written and addictive. I think another reviewer wrote this as well, but on two occasions I thought, "Okay, I'm going to read one story before I go to bed." I started at 3 am and 45 minutes later I was still reading, knowing i REALLY needed to get some sleep!

This is one of those things that makes for a great gift, particularly for those people that already have everything. I'm not big on reading, but this is such an easy read that you can read a story or two, or just read it front to back.

Nice work, Chicken Soup. This was the first book I've read from that series and if the rest are like this, you've got a new fan!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars First disappointing Chicken Soup book I have read. Jan. 2 2014
By betty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I did not realize there were so many disappointing stories in one book.
Read it from the library, but dont bother buying it.
Not at all like every other CS book.
Very disappointed in Jack Canfield.
I probably have 30 C.Soup books, but this one, I never even finished.
It was not interesting, or inspiring, or anything I was looking for.
So sad.........boo hoo.

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