Cover Me

The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time

By Ray Padgett (Author)

Price$22.95

Format Hardcover, Jacketed

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Cover Me

The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time

by Ray Padgett

$22.95

Hardcover

Barnes and Noble Indiebound
OVERVIEW
From the creator of the popular website covermesongs.com comes the perfect book for music fans: the inside stories behind 20 iconic cover songs and the artists who turned them into classics.
 
A great cover only makes a song stronger. Jimi Hendrix’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” The Beatles rocking out with “Twist and Shout.” Aretha Franklin demanding “Respect.” Without covers, the world would have lost many unforgettable performances. This is the first book to explore the most iconic covers ever, from Elvis’s “Hound Dog” and Joe Cocker's “With a Little Help from My Friends” to the Talking Heads’ “Take Me to the River” and Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Written by the founder of the website covermesongs.com, each of the 19 chapters investigates the origins of a classic cover—and uses it as a framework to tell the larger story of how cover songs have evolved over the decades. Cover Me is packed with insight, photography, and music history.
PRAISE
“One of the best multi-subject music books to come down the pike in years. . . . By taking a fresh and deeply informed approach to a project that could have been dismally predictable, Padgett has produced a book that even the most condescending music snob will find satisfying and illuminating.” —Variety
 
“Ray Padgett . . . offers up the inside track on the stories behind the 20 most iconic cover songs of all time, and the artists who turned them into classics.” —Parade
 
“Fresh context and intriguing background to many of these songs. . . . Astute ruminations on evolving cultural perceptions of the cover’s place in the music canon.” —AV Club.com
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)

Ray Padgett founded the blog Cover Me in 2007 and has run it ever since, growing it into the largest blog devoted to cover songs on the web, with 80,000 individual readers a month. His music writing has appeared in SPIN, MTV, Vice, Consequence of Sound, and more, and he’s been interviewed as an expert on cover songs by the Wall Street Journal and the BBC. He lives in New York City and also works as a senior music publicist for Shore Fire Media, where his clients have included Ben Harper, Lana Del Rey, and Maxwell.

Pub Date: 10/3/2017

ISBN: 9781454922506

Price: $22.95 / $25.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover, Jacketed

Pages: 240 pages, all in color

Trim: 7.375 x 9 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Music / Rock

Publisher: Sterling

Carton Quantity: 16