The Boy in the Song

The Boy in the Song

The True Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
How well do you really know your rock history? The Boy in the Song focuses on the boyfriends, husbands, bandmates, exes, heroes, celebrities, fathers, sons, and even complete strangers who inspired 50 of rock's greatest songs. Readers will learn that a surprising number of performers have revealed their band's inner struggles through their music. Stevie Nicks's "Silver Spring," about her breakup with bandmate Lindsey Buckingham, was left off Rumours , which contributed to her decision to leave Fleetwood Mac. Bruce Springsteen's "Bobby Jean" was written as a farewell to Steve Van Zandt, who was leaving the E Street Band, and Boy George asked drummer Jon Moss "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" in a classic case of requited love.

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Authors Michael Heatley and Frank Hopkinson explain how each boy or man inspired the song written about him, when the song was released, and the impact it had on the charts, the performer, and the subject himself. Music buffs will also appreciate information on the performers as well as trivia from recording history. It's the perfect book for anyone who's ever wondered, "Who was that song about?"

Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781613743317
Characteristics: 144 p. : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Hopkinson, Frank


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

crankylibrarian Dec 22, 2013

Arrgh. How do you write a book on men who have inspired famous songs without including "Killing Me Softly"? As with the companion Girl in the Song, erratic choice of entries, random organization, and uninspired writing.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors


Subject Headings


Find it at MPL

To Top