Influential trade publication Publisher’s Weekly named Queens of Noise one of the top 10 music books of the spring, right after Burt Bacharach, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Richard Hell. Full text below. This came out quite a while ago, but I was on the road and never got around to publishing it. The Runaways history is scheduled to be published July 9; you can preorder it now.
Spring 2013 Announcements: Music: The Many Sounds of Music
By Mark Rotella |
Jan 25, 2013
“Never be ashamed to write a melody that people remember,” Burt Bacharach, composer and music producer, once said.
Bacharach, the height of whose career spanned from the ’50s through the ’80s, wrote songs that many still hum, and in his book Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life in Music, he promises to share anecdotes of his life, writing songs for Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, Elvis Costello, as well as such film songs as “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He’ll also talk about his many marriages, and the suicide of his daughter Nikki (who he had with actress Angie Dickinson). Along the lines of the pop standard, Paul Anka discusses his own melodies in My Way: An Autobiography, the title referring to the song lyric he wrote for Frank Sinatra. St. Martin’s is hoping to tap into his book-buying fan base—listeners who can sing along to “Diana” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulders.”