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And why is the singing of others so essential to human life? In ten discrete but cohering essays Coleman tackles the arc of that history as if it were an emotional experience with real psychological consequences - as chaotic, random, challenging and unpredictable as life itself.
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Voices: How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life by Nick Coleman

Food. Shelter. Warmth. Love. Voices. Other people's voices, singing - the fifth essential necessity of life. Nick Coleman's new book is an exploration of what singing means and how it works. What does it do to us to listen hard and habitually to somebody else's singing? And why is the singing of others so essential to human life? Why do we love it so? The book asks many other questions too. What was Roy Orbison's problem? Who does Joni Mitchell think she is? Why did Jagger and Lennon sing like that (and not like this)? What did Aretha Franklin do to deserve the title 'Queen of Soul'? For that matter, what is 'soul'? What is the point of crooning? What does it say about you if Frank Sinatra leaves you cold? Billie, Janis, Amy: must the voices of anguish always dissolve into spectacle? The history of post-war popular music is traditionally told sociologically or in terms of musicological influence and innovation in style. Voices takes a different tack. In ten discrete but cohering essays Coleman tackles the arc of that history as if it were an emotional experience with real psychological consequences - as chaotic, random, challenging and unpredictable as life itself. It is the story of what it is to listen and learn. Above all, it is a story of what it means to feel.

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Voices Reviews


"Voices isn't just illuminating and thought-provoking and clever; it is exciting." -- Roddy Doyle
"A brilliant book about singing... I have been talking to Nick Coleman about music, in person and in my head, for forty years now. [With Voices] you have the opportunity to hear what I have heard. I hope you take it" -- Nick Hornby * The Believer *
"A deeply personal hymn, aria, sea shanty and saloon bar serenade... Voices is not merely an elegantly written study of a parade of fabled artists, but a long, heartfelt song of gratitude. It's well worth hearing." -- Graeme Thomson * The Mail on Sunday *
"Unusual and affecting... An elegant, controlled writer whose curiosity is as engaging as his whooping passion." -- Jane Graham * Big Issue *
"Exhilarating... Coleman hears better and more clearly with half an ear than the rest of us do in a lifetime with two." -- Alexandra Coghlan * Spectator *

About Nick Coleman


Following a brief spell as a stringer at NME in the mid-1980s, Nick Coleman was Music Editor of Time Out for seven years, then Arts and Features Editor at the Independent and the Independent on Sunday. He has also written on music for The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, New Statesman, Intelligent Life, GQ and The Wire. He is the author of The Train in the Night, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Wellcome Book Prize.

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GOR008935566
Voices: How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life by Nick Coleman
Nick Coleman
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2018-01-25
320
0224102516
9780224102513
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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