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The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory Hardcover – Oct 30 2015

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; 1 edition (Oct. 30 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393241920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393241921
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Through immersive anecdotes and witty observations, Seabrook explores questions of ownership and taste, and about the music business as a whole, as we learn it’s not just the ‘song machine’ that’s brilliant but also the people churning the gears. — Isabella Biedenharn (Entertainment Weekly)

Well researched…. Seabrook…takes us inside the troubled modern music business. — Touré (New York Times Book Review)

Fascinating…. The Song Machine is lively, entertaining and often insightful, of interest both to pop mavens and to those who couldn’t imagine caring about the latest hits. — Christopher Carroll (Wall Street Journal)

Fascinating…. Copy editors will rejoice at Seabrook’s well-written and deeply researched book. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and his book fits into that magazine’s penchant for telling very detailed stories about things you might not notice about pop culture. — Charles R. Cross (Seattle Times)

Seabrook spins a fascinating history, one that encompasses everything from the Brill Building and Phil Spector to Afrika Bambaataa to ‘American Idol.’ Running underneath the human stories like a bassline is the inexorable flow of technology. — Kate Tuttle (Boston Globe)

Invaluable. — Louis Bayard (Washington Post)

A revelatory ear-opener. — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

An immersive, reflective, and utterly satisfying examination of the business of popular music. — Nathaniel Rich (The Atlantic)

Eminently readable and important…. Seabrook's in-depth interviews with an army of songwriters, producers, performers and others make for series of profiles that document a revolution in the music business. — Shelf Awareness

Brilliant. — Michael Hann (The Guardian)

About the Author

John Seabrook has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1993. The author of several books including Nobrow, he has taught narrative nonfiction writing at Princeton University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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A fascinating story of the people behind some of the biggest hits of the last few decades. Very well written and an interesting read, Seabrook looks at the way music has become homogeneous over the last few decades as "hit factories" crank out similar-sounding formulaic music. He traces the rise of the Scandinavian teams (some of whom as still going strong) and how the music tastes of the last two decades have changed.

Along the journey, Seabrook looks at the management teams and record companies, the technology changes brought about by iTunes and streaming, as well as some interesting stories of A&R discoveries. I learned quite a bit about some of today's megastars and their road to fame, as well as how they interact with their agents and music machines.

Very well researched, this should be a must-read for anyone interested in the current music scene and why it ended up the way it is. It also pulls back the curtains to show who is manipulating whom, and explores the lack of diversity in today's hits. Very well done!
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It gives a good glimpse of how pop music is made from an organizational standpoint. As a finicky reader, I had no trouble staying engaged. A great primer for anyone interested in making music professionally, and a good read for anyone who enjoys popular music and would like a behind the scenes view of how it's made.
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Loved all the behind the scene stuff,songwriting and production approaches of today s pros. A few chapters felt unnecessary and not so much about the song machine and I really wish Max Martin would ve agreed to do an interview for this but this is the most informative book on modern day hit making practices
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Excellent read, with a lot of interesting and insightful information. Author definitely shows a positive bias toward the industry. I found that it was best to just go along with it, then form my own conclusions at the end. High recommend this one.
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I knew pop was bad but I didn't know how cookie cutter and assembly line things had gotten. A good read for any artist who is deciding what side to be on. Art or commerce.
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An awesome well written entertaining walk through the crazy world of hit making! Well researched and very interesting read. Highly recommend.
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