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Eminem: The Stories Behind Every Song (Stories Behind the Songs) Flexibound – August 7, 2012

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About the Author

David Stubbs was a staff writer for the legendary Melody Maker, where he was responsible for the popular “Talk Talk Talk” section, as well as for conducting innumerable interviews with figures as wide-ranging as Kraftwerk, De La Soul, Public Enemy, R.E.M., and The Butthole Surfers. In recent years he has written for Uncut, the Times, the Guardian, NME, GQ, Spin, and Arena, among others, profiling and interviewing figures including Ian Wright, Morgan Freeman, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Steve Coogan, and Tim Robbins. David currently lives in Blackheath, London, England.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stories Behind the Songs
  • Flexibound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books; Rev Upd edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780971575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780971575
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,871,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A total time waster. I was expecting it to have interviews with Em where he would hopefully offer insight into his lyrics and describe the process by which he came up the words and messages. At the very least, I would expect accurate and detailed summaries of not only the lyrics, but the production as well.

Instead, what the writer does is paraphrase the songs HORRIBLY, even negatively reviewing classics such as "Sing for the Moment", stating that it "sprials into dizzying realms of guff", or take "My Dad's Gone Crazy", where he claims that 6-year-old Hailie Jade sounds "disturbing, the way she's looped into the mix".

Look, if I wanted to read someone's personal opinion of every Em track, I'd make sure it was someone who actually understood and appreciated the substance of the content. This writer makes it so apparent that he's just trying to collect a check that he even misspells certain tracks, like "Drugs Ballad".

As Em's #1 fan, I can say in all honesty that I could have written a more concise, thoughtful, and respectful account of his songs with more interesting facts and details on things other than just literal paraphrases. What about the production? What about the process? What about the multisyllabic structures?

Speaking of Drug Ballad, there is a snippet quote from Em stating he "turned it out in 20 minutes". If there was ever an interview that took place between these two personas, I hope the writer realizes Em was totally messing with him the whole time.

I read 1/3 of this book and then wiped my a** with page 107 and hung the color photos from the center of the book on my fridge.
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Format: Paperback
I'm a HUGE Eminem fan, and I didn't really enjoy this book, because it was just slightly talking about his songs, but it didn't really give full details, kinda went off topic a lot. It got boring, too. I had to keep skipping around the book to get to more interesting parts, although there were few, if any. Not really recommended, unless you have enough patience for a book like this, which obviously I don't. It could have had a more creative interface, also. Not a very good author. Try other books like Eminem: The Way I Am.
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By CJMEC on August 3, 2013
Format: Flexibound
This book is awful. The author misquotes Eminem's lyrics throughout. The language doesn't flow well, which makes it difficult to read. Many of the "stories" behind the songs are boring if you're a big Eminem fan, as you've probably already read the same thing somewhere else. Simply not good.
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Great book ,i lot of facts and interesting things that you wouldn't expect. If you are looking for a good book to read ,this is it!!
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Format: Paperback
Very nice look at every song.
Also have several colour pictures which compliment the book very nicely.
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