The Girl in the Song

The Girl in the Song

The True Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics

Book - 2011
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Women have long inspired rock artists, but what do fans really know about these muses? The Girl in the Song focuses on the girlfriends, wives, rivals, exes, groupies, celebrities, mothers, children, and even complete strangers who inspired 50 of rock's greatest songs. Who was the Emily in Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play"? Did life change for Prudence Farrow after John Lennon wrote "Dear Prudence"? And whatever happened to "the girl with mousy hair," an ex-girlfriend David Bowie sings about in "Life on Mars"?

            Songs are typically short and one-sided, and rarely do justice to their subjects. But author Michael Heatley explains how each woman inspired the song written about her, when the song was released, and the impact it had on the charts, the performer, and the woman. He also includes a mini biography of the song's muse. Music buffs will also appreciate sidebars on the performers who wrote about the women in their lives--Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett would include as many as four girls in the same song--as well as trivia from recording history. It's the perfect book for anyone who's ever wondered, "Who was the girl in that song?"

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781569765302
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 Heatley
782.4216 Heatley
Characteristics: 144 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Hopkinson, Frank


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Dec 05, 2016

Great for Rock and Roll music history facts about the women behind the songs.
How many people can lay claim to having 3 songs written about themselves...Patty Boyd.
A real fun and quick read!

crankylibrarian Dec 22, 2013

Mildly interesting background on several well-known pop songs, although it inexplicably leaves out some famous ones like "And I Love Her", "Annie's Song", "I'm Looking Through You", and "Sara Smile" and "My Lady Darbanville". Agree with other reviews on the plodding style.

Nov 29, 2012

Read about half of it. It's fun for about half an hour.


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