From rockers to ravers, The Illustrated Book of Songs is the book every music lover will want. In quick-witted style, Irish writer Colm Boyd navigates us through lists of classic songs for every occasion. Prepare yourself for fascinating facts, cool illustrations and withering commentary on songs presented in lists such as: Songs about Getting DumpedSongs about ProstitutionSongs about Environmental MattersSongs about Being a Complete and Utter AssholeSongs about Gender IdentityAlternative Christmas Songs The Illustrated Book of Songs features 70 lists, discussing hundreds of songs from different genres and artists - from Adele to Aretha, Jagger to Jarvis, Rufus to Rosal a. Many of the songs are well-known, others are a little more off-radar. Some have amazing musicality, some have lyrics - quite literally - worthy of a Nobel Prize. Some deal with death, others deal with zebras, one song deals with prostitute-frequenting chess players in Bangkok. You get the idea. Each of the book's lists is accompanied by a scannable Spotify code, allowing readers to use their smartphones to directly access the songs mentioned. So, time to get reading and get listening. Check out the book's website for more information: colmboyd.com/the-illustrated-book-of-songs.
Colm Boyd is a freelance writer from County Cork (Ireland) who has been based in Barcelona since 2003. He is a regular contributor to websites and other publications for educational organisations such as Macmillan and The British Council. He also writes for a leading wellness app. As for music, Colm runs his own blog (picnicenglish.com), where he posts language lessons based on pop lyrics, as well as occasionally delirious reviews of new music releases. His musical tastes have been described as 'dumbfounding', which he has decided to take as a compliment. The Illustrated Book of Songs is his first book.