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KLIATTFor those familiar with Nick Hornby's fiction (High Fidelity, About A Boy, Fever Pitch, How To Be Good), these essays on music will have instant appeal. Hornby's approach to music is personal, meditative, quirky and always engaging. In 30 short essays (four to seven pages on average), he links his life, history and politics through the subject of particular groups and songs. Among the artists discussed are Springsteen, Dylan, Santana, Ani DiFranco, Nelly Furtado, J. Geils, Led Zeppelin, Soulwax and Royksopp. The list is as idiosyncratic as you'd expect from Hornby, and the writing and thinking are always engaging. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin, Riverhead, 206p., Ages 15 to adult.
— Daniel Levinson