Your Song Changed My Life to be
Released April 12 via Harper Collins
Featuring Stories from Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page,
Philip Glass, Michael Stipe, St. Vincent, Carrie Brownstein,
David Byrne, Jeff Tweedy, Cat Stevens, Justin Vernon, Jenny Lewis, Jackson Browne, Sturgill Simpson,
Smokey Robinson, Courtney Barnett, Chris Thile,
Leon Bridges and Hozier Among Others
"Is there an unforgettable song that changed your life?” Bob Boilen poses this question to some of today’s best-loved musical legends and rising stars. The artists were then given the opportunity to reflect on pivotal moments that inspired their work and in many instances Boilen was surprised by their answers.
Your Song Change My Life, the first book from Bob Boilen, the host and creator of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” and “Tiny Desk Concerts,” will be released April 12 by Harper Collins and published in association with NPR Music.
A young St. Vincent’s life changed the day a box of CDs literally fell off a delivery truck in front of her house. For Philip Glass, it was discovering Spike Jones’ zany rendition of Rossini’s “William Tell Overture.” Carrie Brownstein says Tom Verlaine (Television) and Gang of Four had a huge influence on her guitar playing and The Replacements “‘Bastards of Young’ made me want to play and express myself through song.” At age four, D.C. punk legend Ian MacKaye was “obsessed with” the 1960’s hit country song “Last Date” by Floyd Cramer and later was stunned by the brash sounds of the Sex Pistols and the song “Bodies.” Cat Stevens was transformed when he heard The Beatles cover “Twist and Shout.” These diverse collections of personal experiences, both ordinary and extraordinary illustrate the ways in which music is revived, restored and revolutionized. It is a testament to the power of music in our lives, and an inspiration for future artists and music lovers.
Boilen examines additional stories in Your Song Changed My Life from Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Smokey Robinson, David Byrne (Talking Heads), James Blake, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Sturgill Simpson, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat Power, Jackson Browne, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Hozier, Regina Carter, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes and others), Courtney Barnett, Josh Ritter, Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Leon Bridges, Sharon Van Etten and many more.
Bob Boilen is the creator and host of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” and of their “Tiny Desk Concert” series, which features well-known and emerging artists for intimate performances filmed at his desk. He was also the director of NPR’s “All Things Considered” (1989-2007) and chose the music between the news stories. As a composer and performer, Boilen has always been passionate about music. Prior to joining NPR, he was a long-time record store clerk and performed with his band Tiny Desk Unit, who were the first group to perform at the 9:30 Club. Constantly on the lookout for new music, Boilen sees more than 500 live bands each year. He was recently cast as a minor character on “The Simpsons,” playing a version of himself—the host of a radio show in Springfield.