Anatomy of a Song

Marc Myers

RRP: £9.99

5 October 2017

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611855258

RRP: £18.99

3 November 2016

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611856194

RRP: £8.99

3 November 2016

Published by Grove Press

ISBN: 9781611859591

Songs that sell the most copies become hits, but some of those hits transcend commercial value, touching a generation of listeners and altering the direction of music. In Anatomy of a Song, writer and music historian Marc Myers tells the stories behind fifty rock, pop, R&B, country and reggae hits through intimate interviews with the artists who wrote and recorded them.

Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, the Clash, Smokey Robinson, Grace Slick, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Steven Tyler, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello and many other leading artists reveal the inspirations, struggles and techniques behind their influential works.


A treasure trove of music trivia between hard covers... [A] splendid volume.

[T]he anecdotes give flesh to the meaning of the lyrics. Musical influences that get passed from artist to artist are equally fascinating - and often surprising... Myers' book is big-fun forensic musicology.

A winning look at the stories behind 45 pop, punk, folk, soul and country classics.
Washington Post

A cultural history of the elusive hit single, focused on artists' recollections and studio alchemy . . . The book's strength lies in thoughtful, wry reflections from artists including Elvis Costello, Jimmy Cliff, Stevie Wonder, Booker T. Jones, Dr. John, and Debbie Harry. An entertaining record of the soundtrack of the baby boomer era.
Kirkus Reviews

A serious contribution... Myers captures aspects of the music's history that are too frequently ignored.
Wall Street Journal on WHY JAZZ HAPPENED

Fantastic, eye openingCreed Taylor, multi-Grammy Award–winning jazz producer on WHY JAZZ HAPPENED