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Inspirations: Original Lyrics And the Stories Behind The Greatest Songs Ever Written Paperback – Sep 25 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing; 1 edition (Sept. 25 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860743005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860743009
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.1 x 29.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 776 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,303,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazing book... April 1 2000
By Rachel Adler - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an amazong book that tells the stories behind some of musics most intriguiging lyrics, that all of us know and love. Gives real insight to the motivation of the bands/writers of the songs. A must if you are a hard-core music fan or the lyrics, not jus hte music itself.
Uninspired: Partial Lyrics and Brief Anecdotes About Songs You Might Not Immediately Recognize Oct. 9 2015
By S. L. OREILLY - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a wasted opportunity. The author seemed sadly uninspired. Several entries were merely procedural anecdotes ("We needed a song for the album so I wrote this one ..") The songs are presented alphabetically, which detracts from the artistic and emotional impact. A chronological listing would've been better, or grouped thematically or by genre. Some of the lyric snippets are presented in stylized form, such as written on a slatted chair, a dress shirt, a glass jar, which is interesting, but most of the handwritten lyrics are illegible AND 99% of the songs are incomplete; in some cases it's only a title and artist signature. Original lyrics, technically, NOT complete lyrics. In my opinion a book purporting to be original lyrics and stories behind the greatest songs ever written should contain the lyrics to the showcased songs, if not on the song's feature page at least indexed in the back (alphabetically would make sense there). Another irritating omission: photographs of the artists and/or authors. It would serve to put the songs in context, lend some familiarity. Some album cover art or band logo or movie stills for those songs made famous as soundtracks, etc. This could've been a great book with a little effort and a little more inspirations.
Uninspired Writing Sept. 14 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was very disaponted in this book. The reasons given for inspiration of these songs seem far fetched and contrived at best. The author seemed like he was not interested in the subject matter and it showed n the tone it was written . Many of the examples given must have been made up out of whole cloth because they were so unlikely and unenteresting; no one would have been inspired to write anything about the event. Save your money and let your own imagination reason why some writer wrote that song.
waste of time July 15 2012
By acme man - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
this was a big disappointment, maybe because i've read so many books like this. way too much visual junk and very little to read. i also didn't learn anything new.
not sure if was as good as thought maybe I just don't know names of ... May 23 2015
By jacki - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
not sure if was as good as thought maybe I just don't know names of songs so not sure which they are always talking of but neat idea for sure..