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Anthems We Love: 29 Iconic Artists on the Hit Songs That Shaped Our Lives By Music Writer Steve Baltin

Out October 25, 2022 Via Harper Horizon

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When David Paich first brought Africa to TOTO, his bandmates hated it. Tito Jackson remembers thinking that, while it was a cleverly arranged song, The Jackson 5’s “ABC” was a little too childish to be a hit. When he sees fans sing KISS’s “Rock And Roll All Nite,” Paul Stanley regularly tears up because he thinks it’s so beautiful.

There are tons of incredible anecdotes in LA music writer Steve Baltin’s new book Anthems We Love: 29 Iconic Artists On The Songs That Shaped Our Lives — a book that talks to legends from Hall & Oates, Aerosmith, TLC, and so many more about the songs that have embedded themselves into the cultural firmament of the 20th and 21st century.

It’s an excellent read that provides first-hand commentary, guided by Baltin’s informational, direct style. Whether it’s U2 examining how “One” became a rallying cry at varying points of history (including post-9/11 and through the AIDS epidemic), The Doors’ Robby Krieger examining the metaphorical potential of “Light My Fire,” Janis Ian explaining the how “At Seventeen”’s exuberance was abetted by an amateur rhythm guitar player joining her in the studio, and Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson tracing his band’s meteoric rise alongside their hit “In The End,” Baltin leads readers through an astute trip through pop music and the remarkable journeys of different songs.

 

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