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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569765308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569765302
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many of us know that Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” was inspired by Caroline Kennedy and that “Peggy Sue” was the girlfriend of Buddy Holly’s drummer. But who among us knew that “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby,” by Counting Crows, was written about Monica Potter, the actress? Or that the first verse of “Fire and Rain,” James Taylor’s classic, was a eulogy for a dead friend? Or that “The Girl from Ipanema” was Heloisa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto, a 15-year-old head-turner in Rio de Janeiro? Well, maybe pop-music fanatics will know all of these facts, just like they’ll know most of the rest of this book’s stories. But the book isn’t written for them; its audience is the ordinary reader, to whom the songs are familiar, but their origins remain a mystery. The author, a music historian and biographer, writes in a lively style, devoting a few pages to each song and then moving on to the next. A slim book but one packed with entertaining information. --David Pitt

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I bought this book for my daughter who was very pleased with it.
Beth Cummings
This book is peppered with wonderful summaries of how such songs were written, the background of the composer, performers and the inspiring girl who started it all.
Ann B. Keller
It's a fun, informative read...and definitely calls out for a sequel.
Michael OConnor

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ann B. Keller on June 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ever listen to an outstanding love song and wonder about whom the song was written? Well, here's your chance to find out! This book is peppered with wonderful summaries of how such songs were written, the background of the composer, performers and the inspiring girl who started it all.

From Beware of Young Girls by Dory Previn to Wonderwall by Oasis, She's Leaving Home by the Beatles, Uptown Girl by Billy Joel and Miss Amanda Jones by the Rolling Stones, The Girl In the Song will fascinate you. Able to be read at a single sitting or in small gulps like poetry. Excellent synopses. I really appreciate knowing the background of the songs I hear on the radio. It makes them live!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 14, 2011
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Michael Heatley and Frank Hopkinson's informative book supplies "the rest of the song" about some memorable songs we all grew up with. For those people who wondered if there was a 'Dear Prudence' or the real-life 'Judy' in Stephen Stills' marvelous 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,' THE GIRL IN THE SONG is just what the doctor ordered.

Heatley and Hopkinson detail the background stories to 50 songs they label "rock classics." The titles - some of which are actually more "pop" - are presented in alphabetical order starting with Dory Previn's 'Beware of Young Girls' and ending with 'Wonderwall' by Oasis. Each entry rates a two-page spread with at least one b&w or color photograph and a short bio on the group itself.

While the stories in THE GIRL IN THE SONG are enlightening and often charming, a few are bittersweet. In most cases, the original inspiration died and the relationship between the singer/composer and his muse broke up.

So, if you want to know what Caroline Kennedy, Mia Farrow, Joan Baez, Bianca Jagger, Billie Jean King, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell have to do with 'Maybe I'm Amazed,' 'Uptown Girl,' 'Our House,' 'Philadelphia Freedom,' 'Lola' and 'It Ain't Me Babe,' you'll need to pick up a copy of THE GIRL IN THE SONG. It's a fun, informative read...and definitely calls out for a sequel. Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Onward on November 26, 2010
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I saw a story on the news about the story behind Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl' and it referenced this newly-released book. Came to Amazon & ordered it. It's just the neatest book! I enjoyed every single story, even for the very few songs (out of the 50 profiled) that I didn't know.

Any music fan would really enjoy this; it's a quick read and you can't put it down. I hope the authors take note of my efforts on their behalf--I showed it to two other friends and between the three of us we've now ordered 11 of the books for Christmas gifts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marte on August 15, 2012
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I bought this as a present for my brother, who has been an avid music fan most of his life. He was very happy with the stories, many of which he hadn't heard before. If you want "the story behind the story" this book will not disappoint you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth Cummings VINE VOICE on December 26, 2010
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I bought this book for my daughter who was very pleased with it. It is an interesting collection of biographical history on some of the iconic women in the world of rock music.
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By sonja powell on August 23, 2014
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I brought this book and the companion book The Boy the Song. They WETE both wonderful, full on insight and facts. The songs cities were well known and popular. The concept is very interesting. I'm sure that whenever you hear a love song you wonder who the Song was written for. You want to know who,what,where and when. Tis BOOK tells you all the details. You can tell it was well researched. Some of the information you might have read before but Heatley is giving you the details behind-the-scenes. I loved it.A good conversation piece.
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By Michael Doyle on January 17, 2014
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This is the kind of book you browse through and find little interesting tidbits. However, I did read it cover to cover and enjoyed most of the stories about the girl in the songs. Funny how my favorite stories are about my favorite songs.
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