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The Song Machine

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How do you make a song a global smash hit that is guaranteed to make $millions? Read The Song Machine, and find out

About the Author

John Seabrook has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1993. The author of several books including Nobrow, he has taught narrative non-fiction writing at Princeton University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Revelatory, funny, and full of almost unbelievable details -- Eric Schlosser, author of 'Fast Food Nation'
As addictive as its subject * Sunday Times *
A gripping investigation of modern hitmaking... Seabrook's writing is as sleek and swift as a dolphin * New Statesman *
This is a fascinating tale about an amazing phenomenon -- Walter Isaacson, author of 'Steve Jobs'
Seabrook subtly explores not only the insides of a song, but how a song gets inside us * Observer *
Revealing, frightening, funny and unsettling -- Roddy Doyle
Seabrook's book takes the reader into a hidden world behind some of the most high-profile cultural products of the era * Guardian *
A highly engaging narrative * Economist *
Weaving its way through two-and-a-half decades, one of The Song Machine's greatest achievements is to situate the pop song within a shifting matrix of technological evolution, diminishing revenue streams, and warring egos * Independent *
Seabrook takes us on a lucid and well-researched tour of the places where modern hits are created -- Peter Clark * Literary Review *

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