One man's idiosyncratic take on his musical listening experiences, in the form of a series of essays, or just "chapters", if you like to be non-literary.
It is fun watching him putting himself through hoops trying to write intelligently about pop music without getting or seeming to be all "intellectual" about it. I think he largely succeeds, often resorting to the "well, I just like it, so there" position, rather than getting all pointy-headed about things.
I did like that he values the actual experience of those transcendental moments that cannot be explained, but which we value music for.
He also discusses many aspects of pop that I have thought about and naturally I liked him for that.
I will also mention my interest in Iris DeMent, Lucinda Williams and Alison Krauss, whose passion and sadness suited me at the time of my divorce, and who I still love as music, but no longer have the same use for. I'm over the mood, but not the music, as it were.
There are plenty of references to numbers I have never heard and it is a pity the book will be returned before I can look them all up.
From his discussion of originality and sampling, I've just listened on YouTube, the miracle musical reference archive, to:
Freelance Hellraiser - The Strokes Vs Christina Aguilera
The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
This is not a book for anyone who doesn't follow pop music, you wouldn't get most of the references, this is for those who know and love it in all its stupid glory.
Read as an e-book borrowed from Auckland Libraries via Overdrive, on my Kobo Touch e-reader.