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[PDF] 31 Songs By Nick Hornby – serv3.3pub.co.uk ❮BOOKS❯ ✯ 31 Songs Author Nick Hornby – Serv3.3pub.co.uk Here Nick Hornby writes about 31 songs most of them loved some of them once loved all of them significant to him He begins with Teenage Fanclub's Your Love is the Place that I Come From and ends with Here Nick Hornby writes about songs most of them loved some of them once loved all of them significant to him He begins with Teenage Fanclub's Your Love is the Place that I Come From and ends with Patti Smith's Pissing in a River encompassing varied singers along the way such as Van Morrison and Nelly Furtado and songs as different as Thunder Road and Puff the Magic Dragon reggae style He discusses among other things guitar solos singers whose teeth whistle and the sort of music you hear in the Body Shop.

10 thoughts on “31 Songs

  1. Lynx Lynx says:

    Nick Hornby contemplates the souls connection to music and how it shapes our lives and culture while sharing with us 31 of his own favourite tunes and his personal connection to them Hornby's essays as with all his novels are beautifully written with eual parts humour and insight and even if you’re unfamiliar with the song in that chapter completely relatable I made a point to listen to every song while reading each chapter which added to my enjoyment as well as introduced me to some gems I’d never heard beforeA must read for those with music running through their veins

  2. David David says:

    the original hardcover edition is the one to get it's all made up nice to resemble a mix tape you made back in high school and handed sweaty palm and all to the girl you were madly in love with she was all long brown hair and old striped izod shirts that were hand me downs from her older brother or father and afterwards days later you sat on a guardrail in a parking lot and talked about the songs and the sun was setting over telephone wires on beat up cars and still it was a perfect landscape and you held hands and looked her in the eye and watched the last light leave the day that is pretty much this book

  3. Alison Alison says:

    A couple of times a year I make myself a tape to play in the car a tape full of all the new songs I've loved over the previous few months and every time I finish one I can't believe they'll be another Yet there always is and I can't wait for the next one; you need only a few hundred things like that and you've got a life worth livingI love Nick Hornby I love his voice And I love that he's so neurotically obsessive about the things that he loves Here he dissects 31 of his favorite songs I have a hard time believing that these are his actual favorite 31 songs I felt like they were 31 good lead ins to 31 essays in a way He had some points to make about music and these particular songs or artists helped to illustrate themI was most intrigued by the song notes I looked up each one on You Tube so that I could hear them as I read He listed pretty specific details on some and it was fun to catch on to what he was talking about I was introduced to some songs and artists I'd never heard Some struck a chord with me some didn't I made a list of some I'd like to hear again OK music freaks I know you want specificshow about Rufus Wainwright doing One Man Guyor Caravan by Van Morrison?Hornby here writes like a magazine music critic He likes to explain the why behind a song He reminds me of a Biology professor carefully dissecting a frog There's a nerd and a poet within him Only three stars because there were some uninteresting parts did I really need a whole essay about why Los Lobos makes a good boxed set but not Stevie Nicks? Aren't boxed sets already dated anyway in this day of digital downloads? But there were some highs too including Hornby devoting an essay to the musical interests of his autistic son a very tender moment Love you Nick You can make me a mix anyday

  4. Todd Todd says:

    turns out i don't give a shit what nick hornby's favorite songs are

  5. James James says:

    Reading '31 Songs' is a bit like how I might imagine going out to the pub with Nick Hornby in itself no bad thing I'm sure just for a couple of beers and a general not hugely insightful chat about music and therein lies the problem Whilst ostensibly a book about 31 songs this comprises vague ideas and thoughts sometimes tenuously connected although not always with each song but that's about it there's nothing seemingly passionate or heartfelt concerning said songs'31 Songs' is therefore not ostensibly bad in itself there is just a lack of focus and direction this feels very much like Hornby treading water and is certainly here not at his bestIn summary a missed opportunity

  6. Dynamopiev Dynamopiev says:

    Absolute shit Some terrible terrible song choices Nelly Furtado It's embarrasing Like hearing your dad telling you he watched the fratellis on Jools Holland and thought they were great Awful awful book

  7. John John says:

    “You could if you were perverse argue that you’ll never hear England by listening to English pop music The Beatles and the Stones were in their formative years American cover bands that sang with American accents; the Sex Pistols were The Stooges with bad teeth and a canny manager and Bowie was an art school version of Jackson Browne until he saw the New York Dolls” So begins Nick Hornby’s chapter on why England’s national anthem should change shouldn’t they all? from “God Save the ueen” to Ian Dury The Blockheads “Reasons to be Cheerful” And he lays down astute reasoning behind his wry suggestions In Hornby’s personal survey on music “Songbook” he ponders many ideas among them how many Dylan discs are really enough Apparently five is all you need even though he amassed 20 discs and collections as we all did And he’s right; he’s right about so many songs and artists and pop movements that you can’t help but stop and cue up Youtube You’ll even cue up “Late for the Sky” by Jackson Browne just to see if Hornby’s post 40s sensibilities align with your growth from The Ramones to songs with meaning Often they do Hornby’s re examined musical history is right on “I can’t afford to be a pop snob any and if there is a piece of music out there that has the ability to move me then I want to hear it no matter who’s made it” In the case of Hornby’s re assessment of Browne and the “delicate Californian flowers” and his cross reference of Mojo Magazine’s top 100 Greatest Punk Singles as proof that sometimes we get some music at certain times in our lives and sometimes we’re just not attuned to other efforts is spot on He’s right there really isn’t 100 great punk singles most are simple awful but he does recognize it’s a moment in life that we hold dear And then it’s time to move on Hornby’s “Songbook” isn’t clear cutting nostalgia He appreciates greatness and what moves us “What must it have been like to listen to “Like a Rolling Stone” in 1966 aged nineteen or twenty?” Hornby asks “I heard “Anarchy in the UK” in 1976 aged nineteen but the enormous power those records had then has mostly been lost now” Songs got faster louder and shorter so they lost the shock Dylan being Dylan we mine it deeper because it was meant to be mined Or so we thought and that may be why we get exhausted by ‘serious’ artists Dylan Zeppelin Springsteen until the fun is gone As Hornby points out “Like a Rolling Stone” still sounds perfect It just doesn’t sound fresh any” “Songbook” starts with an assessment of Springsteen and a mention of Dave Eggers’ theory that we play songs over and over because we have to ‘solve’ them That may be true but we still love the evanescence of what moves us Then Hornby ends “Songbook” with a look at Patti Smith “One of the things you can’t help but love about Smith is her relentless and incurable bohemianism her assuaged thirst for everything connected to art and books and music In this one evening she named checked Virginia Woolf and Tom Verlaine William Blake and Jerry Garcia Graham Greene and William Burroughs” While Springsteen worries about being The Boss and as perfect as he can be and he can be absolutely perfect witness his song “The Rising” in response to 911 Smith on the other hand “seems blissfully untroubled about her status as an artist she just is one and it reuires no further contemplation on her part”Hornby wrote that after seeing a transformative Patti Smith performance and I’m convinced as he was that nightthat great artists those that make us feel the music and art and writing channeled through them make us all better human beings

  8. Zac Zac says:

    What could perhaps described as autobiographical music criticism Anyone who knows me knows I freuently cite the often miss attributed uote writing about music is like dancing about architecture Costello? Monk? Mingus? Kant? so this book is kinda like that Plus Hornby freuently comes across as an old liberal fart especially in his descriptions of 21st century pop music and hip hop BUT HE KNOWS HES AN OLD LIBERAL FART AND HE REALLY LOVES Nelly Furtado so that sort of makes it OK doesn't it? Not really I don't even know where to begin with that oneStill his passion for music made me pull out a couple CD's I'd bought out of guilt andor curiousity and listen to then only to realize I still didn't like them

  9. Nickyty Nickyty says:

    Reposting an old reviewA few pages into book brought me to the observation It’s not the typical Nick Hornby piece Don’t expect to find yourself in the psyche of some middle aged guy coming to terms with his personal foibles and neuroses The book is a collection of essays on selected songs that Hornby relates to certain moments in his life – his personal soundtrack so to speak Granted the topic is boring or at the very least uninspiring His song selection is uite esoteric Only two of the songs and a third of the artists rang a bell And what do I care about Nick Hornby’s life? I read books to amuse myself on their content not to catch a glimpse of the author’s adolescence or religious beliefs Nevertheless there’s one thing that I could not deny Reading the book was sheer pleasure I guess that’s what makes a writer like Nick Hornby so popular He can captivate his audience even with the most mundane topic at hand Somewhere in the book Hornby refers to himself as a “prose stylist” I consider him of a “prose stylist extraordinaire” It is not the idea he is communicating that piues my interest but the manner through which he communicates them I end up reading the book for the sake of reading as if reading itself provided a satisfaction separate and distinct from the ideas Hornby wishes to convey Next thing I know anecdotes on Hornby’s first visit to America or his inspiration for a particular chapter of High Fidelity have become as enticing as a tall tale of witchcraft and wizardry It’s like going to a restaurant and for one reason or another choosing the fish over the steak despite knowing that steak has inherent taste and flavor You expect to be moderately sated by a bland entrée that surprisingly outclasses even the finest of beef That’s what Hornby does He evokes the sublime out of the ordinary He is a literary master chef who magically seasons a flavorless main ingredient with a spice repertoire of wit sarcasm and an uncanny use of metaphors In his review of the song So I’ll Run Hornby himself cleverly discusses this dilemma of writing about the ordinary – “ It’s all very well writing about elves and dragons and goddesses rising out of the ground and the rest of it – who couldn’t do that and make it colorful But writing about pubs and struggling singer songwriters – well that’s hard work Nothing happens Nothing happens and yet somehow I have to persuade you that something is happening somewhere in the hearts and minds of my characters even though they’re just standing there drinking beer and making jokes ” In differentiating music and lyrics in another review he says “music is such a pure form of self expression and lyrics because they consist of words are so impure and songwriters find that even though they can produce both words will always let you down One half of the art is aspiring towards the condition of the other half and that must be weird to feel so divinely inspired and so fallibly human all at the same time Maybe it’s only songwriters who have ever had any inkling of what Jesus felt of a bad day”See what I mean Hence after going through the entire book once and selected chapters several times I still find myself lifting the book from my shelf and revisiting a chapter or two – for the sake of sheer hedonism

  10. Lavinia Lavinia says:

    I was playing ueen for my daughter today thinking it's 24 years since I first consciously listened to their music and irremediably fell in love with them read Freddie mostly and I just realized I didn't say a word about this little lovely book Sometimes very occasionally songs and books and films and pictures express who you are perfectly And they don’t do this in words or images necessarily; the connection is a lot less direct and complicated than thatThis uote really sums up what 31 Songs Songbook is about There's a lot of love in it for music obviously for Danny his autistic son for friends for places for Bruce Springsteen for Lee not Bruce Lee though there's sadness and there's joy It's almost like an open invitation to introspection I'd love to do it but I'm not sure I'm ready to dig so deep into myself

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