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The Song Machine


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


"Through immersive anecdotes and witty observations...we learn it's not just the 'song machine' that's brilliant but also the people churning the gears." -- Isabella Biedenharn - Entertainment Weekly
"Well researched...[Seabrook] takes us inside the troubled modern music business." -- Toure - New York Times Book Review
"Fascinating...lively, entertaining and often insightful, of interest both to pop mavens and to those who couldn't imagine caring about the latest hits." -- Christopher Carroll - Wall Street Journal
"Copy editors will rejoice at Seabrook's well-written and deeply researched book. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and his book fits into that magazine's penchant for telling very detailed stories about things you might not notice about pop culture" -- Charles R. Cross - Seattle Times
"A fascinating history, one that encompasses everything from the Brill Building and Phil Spector to Afrika Bambaataa to American Idol. Running underneath the human stories like a bassline is the inexorable flow of technology." -- Kate Tuttle - Boston Globe
"Invaluable." -- Louis Bayard - Washington Post
"Brilliant." -- Michael Hann - The Guardian
"A fascinating look at how the catchiest pop hits are manufactured...You'll never hear Katy Perry the same way again." -- People
"Revelatory. This thorough dissection of the anatomy of a hit belongs on any listener's bookshelf." -- FADER

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