A fascinating and full updated look at some of the greatest music ever recorded, written by an international expert team and illustrated with full colour photographs.
From 'Eight Miles High' to 'Empire State of Mind', from Mississippi to Mali and from Ella Fitzgerald to Elton John, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die picks through nearly a century of music to bring you an inspiring selection of some of the greatest recordings ever made.
Each entry in this wonderfully browsable book tells the story of a great song. Find out what inspired the songwriter, what makes the track so enduring, which songs it influenced in turn and which cover version to listen out for. You will also pick up a wealth of fascinating trivia along the way. What links Lead Belly, Lonnie Donegan and 'Black Betty'? Whose gravestone inspired Phil Spector's first hit? And for which song did Johnny Rotten replace the singer from Def Leppard? Read on and find out.
Love your music? Then you need 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die in your life.
Robert Dimery is a writer and editor who has worked on Tony Wilson's 24 Hour Party People, Pump Up the Volume: A History of House and Breaking Into Heaven: The Rise and Fall of the Stone Roses. General editor of the immensely popular 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, he has contributed to many books on classic albums and singles, and has also worked for a wide variety of magazines including Time Out London and Vogue. He lives in London.
Bruno MacDonald was a contributing editor on 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. His other books include The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear, Pink Floyd: Through the Eyes of..., Rock 'n' Roll Heaven, Air Guitar: A User's Guide and Rock Connections. He contributed to Guinness Hit Singles, Rock: The Rough Guide, Rock Chronicles and Rockopedia, and copy-edited The Rolling Stones' official fiftieth anniversary book.