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Dec 04 2015

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook

Reviewed by Kristin Wilson, Associate Head, Acquisitions and Discovery, NCSU Libraries


My favorite book this year was The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook. It’s all about the new ways that pop music has come to be created over the past twenty years. In particular, it focuses on the people behind the hits — superstar producers and songwriters, many of them from Scandinavia. The best part about the book is that Seabrook is not judgmental or condescending about this music, even though he grew up in a different era. He loves pop and has real knack for picking apart songs and figuring out what makes them work.