Inside The Hits

Inside The Hits

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The Seduction of a Rock and Roll Generation

From sock hops and leather jackets, to free love and new drugs, from the We Generation to the Me Generation, hit music has provided the soundtrack. Songs make us laugh, cry, think, love, get angry, get sexy, and get funky. But how does a song become more than words and music to represent or influence the voice of a generation? How directed are the choices that music producers make?

Inside the Hits dissects more than sixty of the most powerful and memorable hit songs since the birth of rock and roll to reveal the roots of their success. Author Wayne Wadhams opens up songs like a surgeon, exposing each one as a living, breathing organism, full of guts, heart, and hormones. He examines the key ingredients that made the songs work then and now, including: melody, lyrics, performance, production, artist image, promotion, and market timing.

Get the inside scoop from interviews with the artists, composers, producers, and engineers behind the hits.

What really stopped Mick Jagger from getting Satisfaction?

How did a secretary who was mistaken for a prostitute give Donna Summer her new sound?

Find all the answers, Inside the Hits.