How do you make a song a global smash hit that is guaranteed to make $millions? Read The Song Machine, and find out
John Seabrook has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1993. The author of several books including Nobrow, he has taught narrative non-fiction writing at Princeton University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"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 *