Your Song Changed My Life

Your Song Changed My Life

Author Bob Boilen Duration: 8:31:41 Narrator Bob Boilen Publisher Harper Collins USA Favourites Listen preview preview
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Synopsis

From the beloved host and creator of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Carrie Brownstein, Smokey Robinson, and Jeff Tweedy, among others—published in association with NPR Music.

Is there a unforgettable song that changed your life?

NPR’s renowned music authority Bob Boilen posed this question to some of today’s best-loved musical legends and rising stars. In Your Song Changed My Life, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), St. Vincent, Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat Power, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Jenny Lewis, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jackson Browne, Valerie June, Philip Glass, James Blake, and other artists reflect on pivotal moments that inspired their work.

For Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, it was discovering his sister’s 45 of The Byrds’ “Turn, Turn, Turn.” A young St. Vincent’s life changed the day a box of CDs literally fell off a delivery truck in front of her house. Cat Stevens was transformed when he heard John Lennon cover “Twist and Shout.” These are the momentous yet unmarked events that have shaped these and many other musical talents, and ultimately the sound of modern music.

A diverse collection of personal experiences, both ordinary and extraordinary, Your Song Changed My Life illustrates the ways in which music is revived, restored, and revolutionized. It is also a testament to the power of music in our lives, and an inspiration for future artists and music lovers.

Amazing contributors include: Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia, Wild Flag), Smokey Robinson, David Byrne (Talking Heads), St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), James Blake, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Sturgill Simpson, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat Power, Jackson Browne, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Philip Glass, Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Hozier, Regina Carter, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, and others), Courtney Barnett, Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Leon Bridges, Sharon Van Etten, and many more.

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Chapters

  • 001_Your Song Changed My Life

    Duration: 20s

  • 002_Introduction

    Duration: 28min

  • 003_Jimmy Page

    Duration: 14min

  • 004_Carrie Brownstein

    Duration: 15min

  • 005_Smokey Robinson

    Duration: 10min

  • 006_David Byrne

    Duration: 15min

  • 007_St Vincent

    Duration: 11min

  • 008_Jeff Tweedy

    Duration: 11min

  • 009_James Blake

    Duration: 15min

  • 010_Colin Meloy

    Duration: 10min

  • 011_Trey Anastasio

    Duration: 16min

  • 012_Jenny Lewis

    Duration: 11min

  • 013_Dave Grohl

    Duration: 13min

  • 014_Cat Stevens

    Duration: 13min

  • 015_Sturgill Simpson

    Duration: 15min

  • 016_Justin Vernon

    Duration: 13min

  • 017_Cat Power

    Duration: 10min

  • 018_Jackson Browne

    Duration: 13min

  • 019_Michael Stipe

    Duration: 16min

  • 020_Philip Glass

    Duration: 16min

  • 021_Jonsi

    Duration: 13min

  • 022_Asgeir

    Duration: 16min

  • 023_Hozier

    Duration: 15min

  • 024_Regina Carter

    Duration: 12min

  • 025_Asaf Avidan

    Duration: 14min

  • 026_Valerie June

    Duration: 10min

  • 027_Conor Oberst

    Duration: 18min

  • 028_Courtney Barnett

    Duration: 14min

  • 029_Pokey Lafarge

    Duration: 12min

  • 030_Kate Tempest

    Duration: 14min

  • 031_Ian Mackaye

    Duration: 17min

  • 032_Lucinda Williams

    Duration: 14min

  • 033_Josh Ritter

    Duration: 11min

  • 034_Chris Thile

    Duration: 10min

  • 035_Leon Bridges

    Duration: 11min

  • 036_Sharon Van Etten

    Duration: 10min

  • 037_Fantastic Negrito

    Duration: 15min

  • 038_Credits

    Duration: 42s

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    Duration: 01min