The Girl in the Song: The Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics

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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”?

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Overview

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?”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569765302
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,428,475
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 11.78 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Heatley has contributed to many rock music encyclopedias, including the Virgin Encyclopedia of Rock, and music biographies, including Eminen and Deep Purple. He has written for magazines including Music Week, Billboard, and Record Collector.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Fascinating Music Trivia

    Companion book to "The Boy in the Song". I totally recommend ANY books published by the Chicago Review Press.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    Inspiring Accounts

    Ever listen to an outstanding love song and wonder about whom the song was written? Well, here's your chance to find out! This book is peppered with wonderful summaries of how such songs were written, the background of the composer, performers and the inspiring girl who started it all.

    From Beware of Young Girls by Dory Previn to Wonderwall by Oasis, She's Leaving Home by the Beatles, Uptown Girl by Billy Joel and Miss Amanda Jones by the Rolling Stones, The Girl In the Song will fascinate you. Able to be read at a single sitting or in small gulps like poetry. Excellent synopses. I really appreciate knowing the background of the songs I hear on the radio. It makes them live!

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