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Rock and Roll Baby Names: Over 2,000 Music-Inspired Names, from Alison to Ziggy Paperback – April 3, 2012

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About the Author

Margaret Eby is a contributing editor at Flavorwire, where she writes about music and pop culture. Her music obsession began when she was a DJ at WBAR, Barnard College's campus radio station. Formerly a reporter for The New York Post, she has also contributed to Salon, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Raised in Alabama, she now lives in Brooklyn.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781592406951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406951
  • ASIN: 1592406955
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a critic and journalist who lives in Brooklyn, but I left my heart in the place I grew up: Down South in Birmingham, Alabama.

In 2006, my parents moved from Birmingham to Jackson, Mississippi, four hours further south and west. When I visited them, I always gravitated towards the bookstore, of course, and soon developed a fascination with Jackson's patron literary saint, Eudora Welty. I had read her books before, but being in the place that she wrote about and lived felt different to me. There was a connection between her home and her writing that was almost tangible in Jackson, particularly in the garden of her house that curators had lovingly restored. Before I knew it I was plotting visits to other author's homes in the South, trying to piece together a sense of the place I grew up from the fiction about it.

My book, South Toward Home, is about that journey. I visited Oxford, Mississippi to peer into William Faulkner's liquor cabinet and visit Larry Brown and Barry Hannah's fishing spot, and traveled down to New Orleans to hunt out clues of the place John Kennedy Toole wrote about in Confederacy of Dunces. I went to Georgia to talk to Harry Crews' family, and spent a day with the peacocks at Andalusia, Flannery O'Connor's farm.

For more about the book (and the events I'm speaking at!) visit margareteby.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By maria on April 5, 2012
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Well, as most of you out there that have a baby on the way know, there are 1,000,000+ things that need to get sorted before the main event. But, at least to us, the NAME is the most important detail to be sorted before the BIG DAY! This book was nothing short of a Godsend in that department for me and my husband.

We were so tired of all the monotonous suggestions--Emma! Ian!--that had really no context other than that's what is "trending" at the moment, according to other soon-to-be Mommies and Daddies. So when we found this book it really resonated with us. Why not name our child something that has a special meaning to us, something that is connected to an artist that we are also connected to? So uniquely helpful for this important process!!

Highly recommended, to any future parents who are as blessed as us to have this opportunity to pick out a truly special name for our soon to be son or daughter!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on April 11, 2012
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My husband and I are expecting, and have been looking for some good books. I saw this one and thought it was cute, so I preordered it. I could not be more impressed! It's thorough and has such interesting facts, for both my name and my husbands. Also, there are tons of great tidbits about music celebrities, what they named their kids or instruments, and more. I think that even someone who's not looking for a child's name would find a lot of great stuff in it. Definitely check it out!
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This book goes past just listing names (although it does list names in a coherent and organized way). This book adds some inspiration to the naming process and is one of the few baby name books that has enough spirit to hold it's own as a book even if you are NOT naming a baby (although I am). Even though I did not FIND my baby name in the book, the one I plan to use, I found many close runners up, many middle name options, and some names I may use "next time" . If you like rock, rock history, babies, and you like books, this is a good pick.
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I got a copy of this for myself as a coffee-table-book and conversation starter (which it's great for, this book + Youtube = instant party). My entire life, the only "Sarah" song I knew was that awful "Sarah Smile" one; it's really nice to finally know that there are some actually good ones, too. This book is also my new go-to gift for friends and family who are expecting babies. It can be hard to find something that isn't saccharine but won't embarrass you in front of grandma.
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