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by Toby Creswell

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1560259159
Author:
Toby Creswell
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English
Publisher:
Thunder's Mouth Press (September 1, 2006)
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880 pages
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The fascinating stories behind more than a thousand best-loved songs from the last 50 years are explored in this . It is what it is: a list of 1001 Songs that the author felt like writing about. The subtitle "The Great Songs Of All Time" is rather dubious, and unfortunate.

The fascinating stories behind more than a thousand best-loved songs from the last 50 years are explored in this entertaining collection. Intriguing background and biographical information on each song and its artist - from Elvis and Fatboy Slim to Leonard Cohen and Pulp - is included alongside more than 400 rare. To be fair, Mr. Creswell admits his prejudices openly in the introduction.

Creswell is an awkward, sloppy writer, and he makes tons of factual errors. On the plus side, I like how he organizes the book

Creswell is an awkward, sloppy writer, and he makes tons of factual errors. On the plus side, I like how he organizes the book.

1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them is a compendium of notable popular recordings collected by Australian rock journalist and critic Toby Creswell. The book was initially published in 2005 by Hardie Grant Books (Prahran, Victoria) and subsequently published in the United States by Thunder's Mouth Press (an imprint of the Avalon Publishing Group) in 2006.

It's answered a lot of questions I've had. I know I'm not one to judge a book that has mostly oldies- I'm only twelve years old- but it's a great book and I recommend it to music experts and newcomers alike. The book was initially published in 2005 by Hardie Grant Books (Prahran, Victoria) and subsequently published in the United States by Thunder's Mouth Press (an imprint of the Avalon Publishing Group) in 2006

1001 Songs is used extensively by Brian Nankervis, creator, producer and . orgCreswell, Toby (2005)

1001 Songs is used extensively by Brian Nankervis, creator, producer and adjudicator, of SBS program RocKwiz as a source of information for questions on the show. orgCreswell, Toby (2005). 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories and Secrets Behind Them. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant. ISBN 978-1-74066-458-5.

1001 Songs is a compendium of notable popular recordings collected by Australian rock journalist and critic Toby Creswell. Subtitled 'The great songs of all time, and the artists stories and secrets behind them', it was published in 2005

1001 Songs is a compendium of notable popular recordings collected by Australian rock journalist and critic Toby Creswell. Subtitled 'The great songs of all time, and the artists stories and secrets behind them', it was published in 2005.

The full title of the book is 1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time and the Artists, Stories, and Secrets Behind Them by Toby Creswell. The quote is about music. Thanks so much! Follow. 1 answer 1. Report Abuse. Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Yes.

The stories behind the great songs of all time from Gershwin to Missy . Hardie Grant Publishing, 1 нояб

The stories behind the great songs of all time from Gershwin to Missy Elliott, from Bob Dylan to Alicia Keys, Sinatra to Offsping, Leonard Cohen to Pulp are all in there. RocKwiz 1001 Songs tells the stories behind the best and most popular songs of the last century. It reveals background facts that will fascinate and intrigue, biographical information on each performer and also boasts a guide to the definitive and the oddball covers of songs. The book also features over 400 showstopping photographs and album covers. Hardie Grant Publishing, 1 нояб.

The stories behind the great songs of all time from Gershwin to Missy Elliott, from Bob Dylan to Alicia Keys, Sinatra to Offsping, Leonard Cohen to Pulp are all in there

The stories behind the great songs of all time from Gershwin to Missy Elliott, from Bob Dylan to Alicia Keys, Sinatra to Offsping, Leonard Cohen to Pulp are all in there.

The fascinating stories behind more than a thousand best-loved songs from the last 50 years are explored in this entertaining collection. Intriguing background and biographical information on each song and its artist — from Elvis and Fatboy Slim to Leonard Cohen and Pulp — is included alongside more than 400 rare, full-color photographs of the musicians. Keeping in line with the way that iPods and other portable mp3 players have changed the way people listen to music — with personalized playlists and mixes just a few clicks away — this collection places more emphasis on specific songs than entire albums. The eclectic mix of profiled songs are randomly ordered, similar to a playlist, widening listeners' horizons while educating them on a variety of styles and artists.
  • Burirus
As a music trivia fan like I am, growing up in the 60's...I found this book to be great, A lot of insight into the bands and lyrics, that I found very interesting. He does have some ideas about bands that I didn't agree with, however overall a great book to have around. I enjoy just leafing through and picking out songs or groups and reading the background and what went into the songs( i.e. Mrs Robinson was originally called Mrs Roosevelt, but Paul Simon had a problem writing the lyrics....when the movie was being produce, Art Garfunkel suggested he change the title. And that is why through a portion of the song, the do do do do do do subs as lyrics, because there weren't any,) Fun book for music fans.
  • Samardenob
Written by an Aussie, there are an awful lot of entries here of bands and songs unfamiliar to the American public. However, the writing is consistently excellent. Author shows solid foundation of musical knowledge, and clearly enjoys his subject matter. I would recommend that this book be on any rock and roll fan's reference shelf.
  • Ferne
It would seem impossible for a book running close to 900 pages written by an "expert" with over 30 years experience in his field to be total rubbish, but "1001 Songs: The Great Songs of All Time", comes surprisingly close. Let's begin with the title. I can grant the "1001" without taking the time to count them (No, they're not numbered... nor in any discernable order for that matter) but then things get dodgy.

Leaving aside the questionable grammar of the subtitle, Mr. Cresswell seems to believe that "all time" begins almost exclusively with the rock era.Look in the, woefully inadequate, index and you'll find Britney Spears, but not Sondheim; Radio Birdman is here-but no Richard Rodgers; You will search in vain for Irving Berlin or Cole Porter. Surely at some point in "all time" they wrote something "great"! But, in a way this is just as well, since my random "landings" on such non-rock era pieces as Rhapsody In Blue (hardly a "song") and Over the Rainbow, are so error filled that they're laughable. (For the record, Gershwin's "Swanee" was not introduced in "the world's first musical film" in 1919/20-when George would have been 21-but in a stage show. And OTR was not written as a disguised protest song-Harburg never disguised his protests-but precisely as a book song for that particular place in the film).

Further problems evolve with even finding any given song except by dumb luck. A case could be made for indexing the above Over the Rainbow under Judy Garland, it was her signature song and neither Harold Arlen nor E.Y. Harburg, the writers,make the cut. But to list I'm a Believer solely under the Monkees, when its composer, a fellow named Diamond, has recorded it numerous times, completely belies the title of the book since we are now not even examining "Songs" but recordings.

Space prevents much further comment so let's end on a positive note. With Amazon's discount, the book makes an affordable, and not unattractive, doorstop.
  • lolike
[I tried to enter a list of the 1001 songs but couldn't.]

It is what it is: a list of 1001 Songs that the author felt like writing about. The subtitle "The Great Songs Of All Time" is rather dubious, and unfortunate. To be fair, Mr. Creswell admits his prejudices openly in the introduction.

I found his commentaries on the songs to be an enjoyable read and recommend the book based on that alone. As mentioned in another review here, he occasionally has a fact wrong. I have to admit that my tastes and his differ significantly and that quite a number of the songs here have me shaking my head (Brian Eno's "1/1" ??) or hitting the skip button (Stooges' "L.A. Blues"). I've managed to stream most of them from a music service.

Mr. Creswell largely eschews the monster hits, though he strays from this quite often to include the likes of "Satisfaction", "Ticket To Ride", and "Like A Rolling Stone". I actually quite enjoyed the off-the-beaten-trail aspect of this book and wish he had made that a rule when he selected the songs. His inclusion of several songs from bands of his native Australia seems contrary to the subtitle, but, again, any list is subjective.

Because of this inherent subjectivity, disagreements are quibbles, but why, oh why do rock critics feel compelled to include every song The Velvet Underground ever recorded in their lists? They are a band that is virtually ignored by everyone on the planet - except rock critics. The VU or Lou Reed or Nico are grossly overrepresented in this list with 14 entries. And does Midnight Oil really deserve 3 songs in the top 1001 of all time?

My larger problem with this book and lists by most rock critics is that they feel compelled to include songs from the Country, Jazz, Pop and Blues genres, but their knowledge of these genres is too shallow. The selections are obvious and perfunctory. "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Crazy" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" are obvious country choices; "Take Five", "My Favourite Things" and "Take the `A' Train" equally shallow choices for Jazz. I doubt that the top 1001 songs of all time would truly be 90% Rock. I wish Mr. Creswell had admitted upfront that this was a list of his favorite rock songs or had greater breadth in his selections. I could easily come up with 500 Country, Jazz and Pop Vocal songs that would argue for inclusion in any list of the 1001 great songs.

Quibbles indeed, I found this book enjoyable even though I actively dislike at least a third of his selections. His comments are lengthy enough and entertaining. A bonus is that by seeking out the songs herein, I've discovered a few gems that have escaped my attention through the years: "Levi Stubb's Tears", "I Still Carry You Around", "A Message To You Rudy" and others. And what good is a list you don't argue with?