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Anatomy of a Song

Release date: 11.1.16

Publisher: Grove Press

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November 15, 2016

Author And Music Historian Marc Myers New Book, Anatomy Of A Song: The Oral History Of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B And Pop Hits Top Five Amazon Books

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October 4, 2016

Author and Music Historian Marc Myers to Release New Book, Anatomy Of A Song: The Oral History Of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B And Pop on November 1

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September 20, 2016

Author And Music Historian Marc Myers To Release New Book, Anatomy Of A Song: The Oral History Of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B And Pop In November

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Marc Myers was born in New York and grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, later moving with his family to Cortlandt-Manor, N.Y. Myers’s music awakening came in the spring of 1964 with the purchase of the Beatles’ She Loves You. Myers’s parents—Lou and Bernice—were both freelance artists who worked at home. His father was a satiric commercial artist and New Yorker cartoonist and short-story writer and his mother remains a children’s book writer and illustrator. Both lived in Paris in the 1950s and returned to New York shortly before Myers was born. Myers has one brother, Danny, a musician.

 

Myers attended Northeastern University in Boston in 1974 and majored in journalism. Northeastern featured a work-study or “co-op” program, which allowed students to study for five years while sandwiching in semesters at jobs related to their majors. Myers interned at The New York Times in the editorial and op-ed department. His first article for The Times was published in 1977, when he was 21.

 

After college in 1979, Myers spent three months in Europe hitchhiking before taking a job in 1980 in The New York Times’ sports department. Over the next five years, Myers was published regularly by multiple sections of the paper. He also enrolled at Columbia University, where he completed a master’s degree in U.S. history in 1984. He left The Times in early 1985 to take an editing position at Adweek, an advertising trade magazine. There, he helped found Brandweek and became the publication’s articles editor.

 

In 1990, he was hired as the business editor at Working Woman magazine and edited cover profiles. Two years later he left to become editor of Bottom Line Personal, the country’s largest-circulation how-to service and financial newsletter. In 1998, Myers wrote How to Make Luck: 7 Secrets Lucky People Use to Succeed (Renaissance), a motivational book that explored the characteristics of people who are considered lucky and what readers can learn from them. The book became a bestseller in Asia.

 

In 2007, Myers founded JazzWax.com, a blog that allowed him to write extensively each day on jazz and other music genres. Over the next three years, he interviewed more than 200 jazz legends for the blog. JazzWax is a two-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Blog of the Year” award.

 

In 2010, Myers began writing on jazz, rock, soul and popular culture for The Wall Street Journal and has written more than 60 music celebrity profiles for the paper’s daily arts page. These include at-home interviews with Burt Bacharach, George Martin, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Berry Gordy, B.B. King, Al Green, Little Richard, Leon Russell and others. JazzWax currently has more than 5,000 daily readers worldwide and more than 9,000 Twitter followers. In 2012, Myers wrote Why Jazz Happened (University of California Press), which the imprint called “the first comprehensive social history of jazz.”

 

As a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Myers currently writes the weekly “House Call” column for the paper’s Mansion section, the weekly “Playlist” column for the Review section, the monthly “Anatomy of a Song” column for the Arena section, and reviews, essays and “Masterpiece” columns for the Arts in Review page. Myers and his wife, Alyse Myers, live in New York.

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