How do you make a song a global smash hit that is guaranteed to make $millions?
Who are the hit-manufacturers that can create a tune that is so catchy, so wildly addictive, that it sticks in the minds of millions of listeners?
And who are the powerful few that have the capacity to transform, say, a young Barbadian woman called Robyn Rihanna Fenty into the global megastar that is Rihanna?
In The Song Machine, John Seabrook dissects the workings of this machine, travelling the world to reveal its hidden formulas, and interview its geniuses - 'the hitmakers' - at the centre of it all. Hilarious and jaw-droppingly shocking, this book will change how you think and feel about music, as well as how you listen to it.
Revelatory, funny, and full of almost unbelievable details -- Eric Schlosser, author of 'Fast Food Nation' As addictive as its subject Sunday Times A gripping investigation of modern hitmaking... Seabrook's writing is as sleek and swift as a dolphin New Statesman This is a fascinating tale about an amazing phenomenon -- Walter Isaacson, author of 'Steve Jobs' Seabrook subtly explores not only the insides of a song, but how a song gets inside us Observer Revealing, frightening, funny and unsettling -- Roddy Doyle Seabrook's book takes the reader into a hidden world behind some of the most high-profile cultural products of the era Guardian A highly engaging narrative Economist Weaving its way through two-and-a-half decades, one of The Song Machine's greatest achievements is to situate the pop song within a shifting matrix of technological evolution, diminishing revenue streams, and warring egos Independent Seabrook takes us on a lucid and well-researched tour of the places where modern hits are created -- Peter Clark Literary Review