I’m releasing my debut collection of poetry on October 12. It’s called The Death of Music Journalism – and unsurprisingly features a lot of references to music. When I published my first book, On Song, back in 2012, the number one question/complaint was Where’s the accompanying CD? (We still had CDs back in 2012). It was way too expensive to make a CD for that book – and the playlist of YouTube links I offered was like glueing and cutting together your own ‘zine.
There is no official accompanying soundtrack for The Death of Music Journalism but I have made a playlist.
I’m not calling it a soundtrack, I’m calling it a songtrack – because this tracks every single music mention in the book, from the named songs through to the tunes I was thinking about but didn’t name out right in some of the pieces. I’ve compiled it in order of when the songs and artists come up in the book. We are talking 79 separate song mentions and six hours of run-time.
Perhaps it’s best to play it on shuffle since there are a few songs by the same artist at certain times. There’s even one double-up where the same exact song is mentioned twice. So I’ve included it twice. That would be a soundtrack/compilation no-no. But playlists and streamed content allows for different rules.
The only rule here was to include every song mention – whether overtly named in the book or the guiding influence for writing a particular piece. There is a real clash of styles and a lot of nostalgia. Songs I love so much that there could never be any objectivity. And some songs I frankly do not like at all.
This might be the strangest playlist you ever hear. It’s certainly the weirdest one I’ve ever made.
You can check out the playlist in the link or embedded here below.
You can also pre-order to book by clicking on this link here! Or if you’re in Wellington we will be launching the book at Meow in Edward Street, Sunday October 11, 4pm. There will be poets and live music and fun for all. Some of the songs from this playlist will be heard in the background at various times too. And all of them will be attached to the book in the form of a QR code taking you straight to this playlist (via the book’s back cover). Pretty cool!
My thanks to my parents for the early musical education and to The Cuba Press for commissioning and publishing my book.
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