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1001 SONGS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE BOOK REVIEW

1001 SONGS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE

2013

 

ESSENTIAL READING

 

This was always going to be more contentious than 1001 albums wasn’t it? I mean look at any of your favourite artists and the songs you love by them, it’s not always the biggest hits or the lauded songs that you can live without is it? If you’re like me it’s the songs that have that extra meaning, that are intrinsically attached to people and places and events.


Saying that, there are some songs that everyone should hear, and others that have a more than fair chance of lodging somewhere around the heart.  I guess at the end of the day it’s all about the genres you love and whilst some people won’t touch let’s say ‘Jazz’ or ‘Rap’ at least the book allows you to listen to the best of that genre and either reconfirm your prejudices or maybe even cast your net wider?


For me personally as a lover of all things guitar based it’s great to see so many Rock acts in these pages, and even though you might dispute the song by a particular band that’s part of the fun.
Sadly as we get closer to 2013 there is a lot of lightweight RnB and pop ‘product’ creeping in: but for every Sean Paul, Kanye West, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake there’s a Darkness, White Stripes, Rammstein or Muse. At points you throw your hands up and wonder if anyone in the world really needs to listen to Kanye before they die – surely there is enough suffering in the World? At other times you think yes, I do think that everyone should be forced to listen to ‘Supermassive Black Hole’…


Flicking at random I came upon ‘Walk on By’ by Dionne Warwick; ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ by Bob Dylan; ‘Purple Haze’ by Hendrix; ‘Superstition’ by Stevie Wonder and ‘(I’m) Stranded’ by The Saints.  All great songs that everyone must hear, and all part of the fun at taking a dip into ‘1001 Songs’.


One of the nicest aspects of the book is the index which contains an expanded 10,001 songs that were apparently the shortlist for the final count. Now there are some real gems in there! I’m off to play some Kinks and Hendrix!

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

1001 SONGS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE BOOK REVIEW 2013