Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: Music for the End of the World by Michael Linford

December 21, 2012.

The day the world will end.

Will sits on Parliament Hill, looking out over London. He has enough time to listen to twenty final songs.

As he listens to his apocalyptic playlist, he contemplates his 35 years on earth, through childhood and his lost loves; the friends he makes along the way and his struggles with alcoholism; his first rock festival and the Camden alternative scene he loves, and that provides the soundtrack to it all.

Twenty songs. What would you choose?

Received for review.

I was intrigued by the concept of choosing just 20 songs to represent your life.  What a fascinating idea!  We all remember the song that was playing when something important happened so I was looking forward to a story that discussed someone else's songs.  I will mention here that my list would contain several Madonna songs, representing some very different memories, which I found quite thought provoking in and of itself.

The author carries this idea through very well, providing a short narrative for each of the main character's songs.  While the book is really quite good as a story itself, it is even better as an impetus to start the reader thinking about his or her own life soundtrack and how much music has become entwined with our memories.

I highly recommend this to music fans everywhere.  It will be an interesting read and will start you on an interesting journey into your music life.

★★☆☆ = Liked It

If you'd like to share, what are some of the songs that you would choose as being particularly meaningful in your life?


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