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The Boy in the Song: The True Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics Paperback – July 1, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613743319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613743317
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Heatley is the author of more than 100 rock books, including The Complete Deep Purple, Dave Grohl: Nothing to Lose, The Girl in the Song, Michael Jackson: 1958–2009: Life of a Legend, and Stars & Guitars. He has contributed to rock music biographies and encyclopedias such as the Virgin Encyclopedia of Rock as well as magazines such as Billboard, Music Week, and Record Collector. Frank Hopkinson has worked for several youth and music magazines in the UK including Look In, No.1, and Melody Maker. He is the coauthor of The Girl in the Song.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Back in 2010, Heatley and Hopkinson produced THE GIRL IN THE SONG, which revealed the particular lady that inspired 50 of rock's classic songs. Musically, it looks like 'what's good for the goose is good for the gander' because here is THE BOY IN THE SONG, THE TRUE STORIES BEHIND 50 ROCK CLASSICS!

Among the songs covered in Heatley and Hopkinson's eminently readable book are 'Back on the Chain Gang,' 'A Day in the Life,' 'Hurdy Gurdy Man,' 'I Will Always Love You,' 'Life in a Northern Town,' 'Magic Man,' 'Rooms on Fire,' 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight,' 'Tears in Heaven,' 'Walk on the Wild Side' and - wait for it! - 'You're So Vain.'

In each case, H&H devote two-four pages revealing which boyfriend, father, husband, ex-husband, hero, etc. provided the inspiration and details on the song, its production, history of the band, etc. Each entry normally comes with one-two b&w/color pix.

Rock fans probably already know the back-story of a number of these tunes but THE BOY IN THE SONG is as entertaining and informative as its predecessor. Recommended.

Spoiler Alert: You'll still be guessing 'who was it' when you get through the 'You're So Vain' section. Way to go, Carly.
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