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The New and Expanded”I’ve Got the Music In Me- Second Edition” is OUT!

October 16, 2020

The Second Edition of “I’ve Got the Music in Me: A Fan’s View of 1960s and 1970s Rock and Pop Music” is now available on amazon.com.

The Second Edition is a substantially expanded version of the first edition published in 2017. See detailed description below:

1960s and 1970s rock and pop music is reviewed and discussed year by year (1960-1979) in parallel with the author’s life growing up in New York City and thru his college years at Brown University and graduate school years at Stanford University. Each chapter (year) in Section 1 of the book includes a list of the ten most popular songs and the author’s ten favorite songs. Also, peak chart position and month is included for all the singles mentioned in these chapters. For many songs, there are also selected song lyrics to help the reader’s recognition of the songs. In a few chapters, there are much more extensive song lyrics – e.g. the “depressing” songs of 1976. 

Section 2 of the book contains Bruce Braine’s favorite or “best of” lists and commentary. This includes several song, album or artist lists such as favorite rain songs, favorite b-sides, favorite summer songs, favorite rock instrumentals, favorite comedy songs, favorite rock albums, favorite family groups, favorite numeric/alphanumeric songs, favorite long songs, favorite album sides, favorite rock concerts etc. 

For the second edition, the book was expanded substantially (by about 50%) to include the early 1960s (1960-1962) and the late 1970s (1977-1979) as well as a substantial number of new lists in the second part of the book. This included favorite Canadian artists, British artists, International Artists, best songs for each of the 50 states, one-hit wonders, best singer/songwriters, best drug songs, bird songs, and animal songs. In a new final section of the book, Bruce included two lists of his 100 favorite songs of the 1960s and 1970s ranked in order. Also in the second edition, several of the first edition chapters and lists were expanded with new facts, anecdotes and songs/artists. 

The books’ references and bibliography are extensive. It includes primary sources such as many of the major autobiographies/biographies of artists such as Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards and John Fogerty among others. It also includes secondary sources such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, Joel Whitburn and even Lou Simon, Executive Producer and the highly knowledgeable former host of the 60s Satellite Survey on Sirius XM radio.

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