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The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory
By John Seabrook and Dion Graham (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Highbridge Co
Publication date October 5, 2015
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781622319626
ISBN-10 1622319621
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 5.25 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $34.99
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells a fascinating story of creativity and commerce that explains how songs have become so addictive.

Over the last two decades a new type of song has emerged. Today's hits bristle with "hooks," musical burrs designed to snag your ear every seven seconds. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are industrial-strength products made for malls, casinos, the gym, and the Super Bowl halftime show. The tracks are so catchy, and so potent, that you can't not listen to them.

Traveling from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, John Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with novel techniques, and he traces the growth of these contagious hits from their origins in early '90s Sweden to their ubiquity on today's charts.

Featuring the stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke,�The Song Machine�will change the way you listen to music.

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from W W Norton & Co Inc (October 5, 2015)
9780393241921 | details & prices | 338 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.52 lbs | List price $26.95
About: There's a reason hit songs offer guilty pleasure―they're designed that way.
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Reprint edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (October 18, 2016)
9780393353280 | details & prices | 352 pages | List price $16.95
About: "An utterly satisfying examination of the business of popular music.
With Leo Damore | Reissue edition from Dell Pub Co (July 1, 1990); titled "In His Garden: The Anatomy of a Murderer"
9780440207078 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $5.99
This edition also contains In His Garden: The Anatomy of a Murderer
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With Dion Graham (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Highbridge Co (October 5, 2015)
9781622319626 | details & prices | 5.75 × 5.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $34.99
About: New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells a fascinating story of creativity and commerce that explains how songs have become so addictive.

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