Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped-Off Bits, and the Secret History of Rock and Roll by Timothy English

In this year of theme months, I usually start the next month early if I finish a book on the 29th or 30th. But I was enjoying rock and roll books so much that I didn't want to stop when I got done reading In Search of Elvis. It turned out that Sounds Like Teen Spirit was a good choice because I read it in two days so I could still start August's theme on time.

The lengthy subtitle pretty much describes the book, except the "secret history of rock and roll" is a reach.* The author provides background stories to go with the songs, so it isn't just a boring list. Some of the sound-alikes are obvious, but others I hadn't considered before. Infamous thieves like Led Zeppelin and Oasis get their own chapters. Overall, it's an entertaining book that also provides lessons in copyright law, and how many books can you say that about?

* By the way, I have another book by that title, but I have not read it yet. Maybe it's a reach, too.

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