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The Singers Talk: The Greatest Singers of Our Time Discuss the One Thing They’re Never Asked About: Their Voices
A groundbreaking collection of inspiring and instructive conversations about the beauty, brutality, discipline, and technique of being a successful singer.
“This is a captivating look at both the nitty-gritty preparation and emotional energy that ‘it takes [for artists] to stand up to that mic… reach down into their guts, and give everything they’ve got for the sake of the song.’ Its star power and up-close, revelatory detail will keep readers riveted from start to finish.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“…a fascinating and often revelatory look at the art of singing…. By turns eloquent, funny, reflective, and technical, all these conversations enlighten and illuminate the art of being a vocalist.” —Library Journal
“For all of the conversations we have about music, there is precious little talk about the art of communicating emotion and meaning via the human voice.The Singer’s Talk remedies this by reaching out to a wide range of different singers, who speak insightfully about both the skilland the magic required to change minds and break hearts.”—Steven Hyden, author of Twilight of the Gods and other books
These revelatory, frequently funny,and deeply engrossing in–depth interviews provide fans and aspiring singers a backstagepass to the challenges every vocalist facesonstage and in the studio. Packed with never–before–heardstories,The Singers Talkreveals a truly intimate sidetothese iconic personalities while offering a master class on howthe best in their field keep their vocal cords in shape and protect themselves on the road—along with countless other tricks, techniques, strategies, and philosophies to help vocalists at every level perfect the craft of singing.
“This is the most geeked out I’ve ever talked about my voice!”—Thom Yorke
Thishistoric roster of artists includes: Bryan Adams, Tony Bennett, Nick Cave, Chuck D, Roger Daltrey, Joe Elliott, Emmylou Harris, Brittany Howard, Chrissie Hynde, Norah Jones, Simon Le Bon, Geddy Lee, Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Perry, Lionel Richie, LeAnn Rimes, Smokey Robinson, Robert Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Mavis Staples, Rod Stewart, Paul Stanley, Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Roger Waters, Dionne Warwick, Ann Wilson,Thom Yorke, and many more.Additionally, the book features conversations about legendary voices no longer with us, such as Butch Vig on Kurt Cobain, Clive Davis on Whitney Houston, Nile Rodgers on David Bowie, and Jimmy Iovine on Tom Petty.
“Singing is so much more than hitting the right note. It’s about connecting with the audience, connecting with something divine to a certain degree. It’s connecting to your most primitive and deepest intuition, and to your nature as a human on this planet.”—Karen O
More than just an indispensable guide for singers of any level,The Singers Talkis an unforgettable read for music fans everywhere.
All royalties fromThe Singers Talkwill benefit the kids and families atSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through their Music Gives to St. Jude Kids campaign
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