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Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory Paperback – Bargain Price, April 7, 2009
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This is non-fiction that reads like fiction -- the characters are well developed and the conflict is ongoing. What I liked best about this book: you really get to know the members of the three featured groups -- their goofy antics, their personality conflicts, the stars & the not-so-stellar performers, all the dirty laundry -- and (assuming you're reading this in 2008), you can go to the groups' websites and see bios of many of the individual singers featured in the book. It's like the epilogue to a movie that features "where they are now". Kind of fun. The book also reveals the quirkiness and cleverness of the a cappella crowd -- the group names are priceless.Read more ›
Overall, I think the book does a good job of doing something that I've always found very, very difficult - trying to describe the experience of being in one of these groups to someone unfamiliar with the world of collegiate a cappella. The great challenge of trying to portray the strange, entertaining world of collegiate a cappella is that, as the book demonstrates, the experience of any one person or group can and does vary widely based on the character and personality of the group in question. That said, Rapkin does a nice job of giving us a window into the world of these 3 groups, with a tone that alternates between admiration, humor, and a bit of sarcasm.
This book cannot, and does not, cover the full range of issues and areas of collegiate a cappella. It certainly is not a comprehensive history of the topic, nor does it portray every side of every story with regard to the individuals mentioned in various chapters. But truth be told, that isn't the purpose of this book, nor should it be. This book is about telling a story that, until now, has largely gone untold - the story of a unique part of today's collegiate culture that prompts thousands of college students every year sign up for a cappella groups across the country. These groups are often the single most defining element of their members collegiate lives, and the types of memories they create (for better and worse) are well captured in Rapkin's book.
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I really enjoyed reading this and learning more about the college a cappella subculture, but I feel like the editor should have given this manuscript one more pass. Read morePublished 7 months ago by chyName
Who cares when there. Is much better and less doctored and more interesting music? Z z z z z zPublished 8 months ago by George H.
THE MOVIE IS BASED ON THIS BOOK!
For non-readers, this is a documentary of a cappella college groups.
The movie was based on this book. Read more
If you enjoyed the movie, the book that inspired it is a must-read. Great Good fun.Published 9 months ago by Duncan Brown
The book that I received was in new condition, so that's good. I also liked the simplistic aspect of the book, but it did force some reminders of which team you were following down... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dupey