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Words and Music: A History of Pop in the Shape of a City
by Paul Morley
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"Paul Morley, author of the acclaimed memoir Nothing, takes the reader on an epic drive through the history of music to find out if pop has burnt itself out. The drive is inspired by the video for Kylie Minogue's hit single 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'; it's as if Kylie herself is driving towards a virtual city built of sound and ideas." "A succession of celebrities, geniuses and other protagonists led by Madonna, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Erik Satie, John Cage and Wittgenstein appear in Kylie's car to give their points of view. Detours and sights along the way include Missy Eliott, Jarvis Cocker, Eminem, Human League, Radiohead, Lou Reed, Now! That's What I Call Music, Ornette Coleman and the ghost of Elvis Presley." "It's a journey bridging the various paradoxes of twenty-first century culture; the avant-garde and pop, the iconic and the obscure, the mechanical and the digital, the commercial and the creative, the human and the robotic. It starts and ends with a man alone in a room with a song."--BOOK JACKET.
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