Review: Classic Tracks by Richard Buskin
No one can really explain what it is about a song that makes you fall in love with it. Sometimes it is a catchy hook, other times it is a certain line or refrain; a line that can make or break your heart. It could be a riff or the bridge or the chorus; the interpretation by the singer or just how it can make you feel. In a vast melting pot of musicians and genres and sounds it is extremely difficult to explain our appreciation towards music.
One thing that can be explained is the story of how the song came about, which is one step closer to helping understand the how and why we love music. And in a sense that is what the new book by Richard Buskin – Classic Tracks – does.
In Classic Tracks, Buskin takes you on a musical journey through the decades, stopping at different recording studios and almost gives you a fly on the wall experience of how certain songs came to life. Obviously with the limitations of print we have to rely on the eyewitness accounts of the artists themselves and others who were there whilst career making tracks were recorded.
Stylistically, apart from the writing, the layout of the book is quirky with reverse negative photographs colouring the pages and the text and stories broken off into separate segments. From The Ronettes to The Beatles, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana; the calibre of musicians and the infamy of the songs make this book a fascinating read and a must have for any music fans collection of music literature.
Classic Tracks by Richard Buskin is available now from all good book retailers.