1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die By Robert Dimery

    Robert Dimery Ð 7 REVIEW

    The book was a great way to spend an afternoon with friends talking about the songs we love, hate, and were missing from the list. I have a great time every time I pick up the book with someone new :).
    1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die Would you settle for “326 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die and 675 Others You Can Do Without”? Yep, I actually went through this entire book and counted them so you don’t have to. You’re welcome. Don’t tell me to get a life. I already tried that.

    I dunno… For me, things tail off pretty quickly here after about 1988 or so. I've long held the belief that a band is entirely worthless if they can't master the simple 4/4 beat of rock 'n' roll and there has been precious little of that since the 90’s. It's seemingly so simple, usually scoffed at by musicians and prog fans, but here's the thing: most of the people scoffing can't do it. Oh, they can play a 4/4, but they can't make it move or grab it by the scruff of the neck and make it swing. As for hip hop and sampling? Don’t get me started.

    True rock 'n' roll is about transcendence. It's about breaking out of the mortal bounds, both societal and psychological, however briefly. It taps into religiosity. That's why the lyrics are often incidental. Exhortations to dance, to rock, to roll, to get crazy; demands for more and, if not more, at least for something else.

    On the bright side, the author’s decision to include the likes of Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, the New York Dolls, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Who, Slade, T. Rex, the Ronettes, the Stooges, MC5, The Specials, Wire, Joy Division, Sparks, The Saints, and a generous smattering of 1960’s garage rodents? I tell ya, it ain’t nothing but heroic.

    But let’s face it: the world would have been a much better place if Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fugees, Bjork, and Justin Timberlake had never entered a recording studio. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
    1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die Pop music 101, or a fun trip down memory lane, depending on how you look at it.

    Best-of books are always highly subjective, but this trip through pop music will surprise and please even folks who think they've heard it all. For starters, pop doesn't mean just American or British here, and no one genre corners the market on what makes a good pop song. Pop, after all, simply means popular, and while you may not like what that means in 2020, pulling back the camera to see what it has meant in the past provides fascinating insights. Acknowledging that 1001 is an arbitrary number, and that there are many great songs out there, the editor has included a list of 10,001 (!) listed at the back in TEENY TINY PRINT. This is hard on the eyes, but good for the reader, as the book is already thick as a brick, if you'll pardon the pun.

    The best way to approach this book is the one that takes the longest time, so make sure your library either has unlimited renewals. If not, just go buy yourself a copy, as it's totally worth it. To get the full effect from this book, do the following:

    1. Find the song on YouTube and listen to it.
    2. Read the essay that goes along with it.
    3. Listen to the song again with your newfound understanding of the work.

    Yes, you have other things to do with your life, but music is one of those things that makes life worth living, so, give it a shot. Feel free to skip songs you already know, though the stories behind THOSE songs may open up additional listening pleasure for you as well.

    Highly recommended for all libraries as a fun way to cover your popular music bases. I didn't stop to check before writing this review if there were a more recent edition, but I hope there is, or will be. We've been making music for thousands of years and haven't used up all the sounds yet, and it's kind of amazing. Listen for yourself: that sentence can be read with two meanings, and I emphatically mean both. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die You may skip this advert in 4 seconds.

    House insurance is often the last thing on your mind in this post-Christmas pre-Western world meltdown period ---- SSSSSKIPP!!!

    Well, I youtubed my way through this vast and really quite beautiful volume more or less faithfully, it took many months, and here's how it shook down.

    One star deducted for the first stupid section entitled Pre-1950s which is all of 24 pages long. Since probably about 50% of my 1001 songs you have to hear before you croak list would be from before 1950, you may imagine this was not the best foot forward that this volume could have chosen. Proceeding into the delirious delicious 50s (60 pages), I was glad to scoop up London is the Place for Me by lord Kitchener, la Bamba by Ritchie Valens, I'd forgotten how great that one is, Le Poinconneur des lilas by Serge Gainsbourg and Brand New Cadillac by Vince Taylor and his Playboys, and all the other 50s selections were unarguably great too. That was a hell of a decade, and even the square pre-rock part of it was hip.

    Now the 60s - who doesn't know everything from that endlessly retrodden decade already? Well, add back the deducted star for unearthing :

    Don't gimme no Lip Child by Dave Berry
    Go Way from my Window by John Jacob Niles (sounds like it's from 1664 not 1964)
    La Boheme by Charles Aznavour (consistent acknowledgement of great French music in this book, which, you know, a lot of Anglo-American rock writers patently don't do)
    Mas Que Nada by Sergio Mendes

    all the rest are pretty much shoo-ins, 150 pages of swingingness.

    The 70s, that very dubious follow-up to the 60s, get 200 pages. My heart sank a little at this, but i persevered, and discovered... disco. Well, I discovered that some disco stuff which I never heard before sounds wonderful , e.g.

    Love hangover by Diana Ross
    You Make Me Feel by Sylvester

    also so nice to see some personal favourites in here :

    54-46 That's my Number by toots & the Maytals
    Blackwater Side by Anne Briggs (she came from Nottingham!)
    A Nickel and a Nail by O V Wright
    Cocaine in my Brain by Dillinger
    River Song by Dennis Wilson
    Solid Air by John Martyn
    Shot by Both Sides by Magazine (could be my all time favourite single)

    and I'd never heard Gloria by Patti Smith before so thanks for that.

    This whole enterprise started to sag a little bit in the 80s (190 pages) for me. I mean, there were so many chunky good time semidemimetally middle of the roadie bands that who could bother to sort them out ? Rush, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, The Cult, Slayer, The Triffids, INXS, Mudhoney, on and on and on, all those white boys with guitars, it's just a big blurry noise to me. I don't really like rock music. It's monotonous.

    But there were delights along the way such as the insane Via Con me by Paolo Conte and the two minutes of bliss called Please Don't Touch by Motorhead & Girlschool and the gorgeous Cattle & Cane by the Go-Betweens. You can't have a whole decade of popular music without a shed load of gems as well as a shed load of landfill, but this book's selection of the 80s mostly bored me.

    The 90s gets 150 pages and it was good to see the coverage of non Anglo-American stuff coming on strong. Dylan's Blind Willie McTell shares an opposite page to Body Count's Cop Killer as does Snoop Doggy Doggy and Cheb Khaled. Honestly, it's difficult to level accusations of complete shitness against this 90s stuff as one might about a lot of the 80s. They even found room for Ching Soortukchuleringing Yryzy by Huun-Huur Tu. Check page 704 if you don't believe me.

    2000 to 2009 gets 112 pages and this was not so interesting for me. i noticed that an awful lot of the songs in this decade were written by a committee who had based it on a riff from a previous song. I think this is called either post-modernism or unoriginality.

    But anyway, for a music fan like me, this was a long and exhilarating trek through the last 60 years and I recommend it unreservedly. The writing is nice, not scintillating, but not annoying, and there are a lot lot lot of pix. It really tries its best and there is absolutely no J M Coetzee or Ian McEwan in here, which was the mistake they made with the 1001 Books volume.

    And yes, it does say that Lonnie Donegan wrote Rock Island Line!

    1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die Şarkıları dinleyerek okumaya başladım ama hayal ettiğim gibi eğlenceli, heyecan verici bir okuma olmadı. Bir iki şarkıdaki bilgi dışında da yeni bir şey öğrendiğimi söyleyemem. Şımarık'ın listede olması ise beni hem şaşırttı hem de mutlu etti. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die


    This latest addition to the best-selling 1001 series offers more than ever— the world’s biggest and best playlist, referencing over 10,000 must-download songs. This book offers more than any previous book in the series. While each main entry profiles and illustrates 1,001 primary songs, it places that song into a contextual web of music history with references to other songs that are musically related. Thus, each entry points to alternate versions, covers, riffs, and influences effectively expanding the total number to 10,000. From the Beatles to Beyoncé, from Elvis to Elvis Costello, from Frank Sinatra to Rufus Wainwright, the full spectrum is covered chronologically and includes additional ancillary lists of must-hear songs grouped by subgenre and other special categories. Each song is analyzed by an international team of critics who explain why you must hear it. Included are key details such as lyricist, composer, producer, and label, making this a music treasure trove perfect for anyone into music, addicted to downloading, or those just getting started. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die

    As an audiophile I couldn't resist this book. So, I've listened to everyone of then, even made a play list. My verdict: about 500 are necessary to listen to before you die, 500 are not, and one may hasten your death. Read/listen to find out which one! 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die All the Young Dudes,” “Rock Lobster,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and about 998 more. It’s been five years since Robert Dimery compiled the collection “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die” and now with the music world returning to its roots as a singles based medium, it’s a perfect time for this series to surface the best songs of all time.

    This completely subjective report (as Dimery gladly admits) is a veritable jukebox in book form. Spanning the decades from the pre-50’s to the 00’s, Dimery and his contributors have compiled a list ranging from the obvious (R.E.S.P.E.C.T.) to the obscure (Captain Beefheart’s “Big Eyed Beans from Venus”) to hundreds of musical slices in between.

    Each of the selections are accompanied by a story of the history, the behind the scenes and/or the influence the song had on others. In addition to full credits, there are boxes on certain entries that indicate cover versions and which songs influenced which others. In all cases, the original releases provide the template, with later credits (samples, etc) added where appropriate. There is also an intro by famed Bowie producer, Tony Visconti.

    The book concludes with a list of 10,000 songs (listings only) that you must download before you die. Though the book has a bit of an international lean in places (many songs from the UK, France, Africa, etc. are simply unknown in the states) it serves as both a treasure trove of great songs you may have forgotten from the past, as well as a jumping off point for a wide berth of new musical territory to explore for quite a while. Pure fun. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die This book was an interesting read, listing songs for each decade beginning from the 1920's. I especially enjoyed learning more about the earlier artists such as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Mahalia Jackson. I had my iPad in one hand so I could listen along on iTunes as I flipped thru the pages. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die Just like the 1001 albums book, but more focused on songs and the stories behind them. I'd start with this one. Spend a few nights curled up with this astonishing volume of music history and play around on YouTube Music until you find your new favorite songs. :) 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die In all fairness, I did not read every page of this book. I read the three sections on the music eras that I enjoy most and am most familiar with. I also looked at the multiple page index of all 10,000 hits.
    What a thoroughly researched resource. Awesome information about the top 1000 songs. While I do not necessarily agree with all of Dimery's choice's, he does a marvelous job of including all genres and also provides for the international music artists as well.
    It is sure to generate much discussion among music lovers. 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die