By Bob Boilen
From the loved host and author of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny table Concerts comes a necessary oral heritage of contemporary tune, advised within the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, together with Dave Grohl, Jimmy web page, Michael Stipe, Carrie Brownstein, Smokey Robinson, and Jeff Tweedy, between others—published in organization with NPR Music.
Is there a unforgettable tune that modified your life?
NPR’s popular track authority Bob Boilen posed this query to a few of today’s best-loved musical legends and emerging stars. In Your music replaced My Life, Jimmy web page (Led Zeppelin), St. Vincent, Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat energy, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Jenny Lewis, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jackson Browne, Valerie June, Philip Glass, James Blake, and different artists give some thought to pivotal moments that encouraged their work.
For Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, it was once getting to know his sister’s forty five of The Byrds’ “Turn, flip, Turn.” a tender St. Vincent’s lifestyles replaced the day a field of CDs actually fell off a supply truck in entrance of her apartment. Cat Stevens was once remodeled whilst he heard John Lennon conceal “Twist and Shout.” those are the momentous but unmarked occasions that experience formed those and plenty of different musical skills, and eventually the sound of contemporary music.
A different choice of own reports, either usual and notable, Your music replaced My Life illustrates the ways that track is revived, restored, and revolutionized. it's also a testomony to the facility of song in our lives, and an notion for destiny artists and tune lovers.
Amazing members contain: Jimmy web page (Led Zeppelin), Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia, Wild Flag), Smokey Robinson, David Byrne (Talking Heads), St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), James Blake, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Trey Anastasio (Phish), Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Sturgill Simpson, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Cat energy, Jackson Browne, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Philip Glass, Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Hozier, Regina Carter, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, and others), Courtney Barnett, Chris Thile (Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers), Leon Bridges, Sharon Van Etten, and plenty of extra.
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I used to be Anybody’s, the lady that desired to join the crowd. and that i had, like, the Jersey accessory down and every little thing. ” This Jersey woman with a keenness for track later moved to Tennessee, the place she studied recording at heart Tennessee nation college. She dropped out after a 12 months yet chanced on alternative ways to benefit approximately song. She and her pal Stephanie labored at a coffeehouse referred to as the crimson Rose, “and it became, like, a venue and list shop and screen-printing studio within the years that I labored there. It stored becoming as a group. So we had loads of exhibits there, and that i realized much approximately tune throughout the people who undergone, yet for the main half, it was once very male ruled. ” on the time she was once in an excessive, controlling, abusive dating. She was once studying to play and write tune on acoustic guitar, even though her boyfriend disapproved of her dream. He didn’t imagine she was once more than enough to play in public, so she concealed her song, sneaking out to play open mics. One evening, in her buddy Stephanie’s pink Volvo, she heard PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me—and used to be by no means a similar in a while. “I take note i used to be past due coming domestic, and that i imagine my boyfriend on the time was once most likely nervous approximately me, yet I didn’t care. . . . I simply requested [Stephanie] if lets hearken to the album back simply sitting within the automobile chain-smoking when we acquired off paintings, and that i simply had by no means heard whatever like that prior to. . . . [PJ] might sound like such a lot of issues, from . . . defiant [and] unhappy to . . . offended . . . [and] tricky, and not did i believe undesirable for her. ” The identify song was once the killer lower for Sharon, with a smooth chug to tug you alongside and the phrases sucked you in: Tie your self to me nobody else No, you’re no longer rid of me Hmm, you’re now not rid of me midway via this four-and-a-half-minute gem, Harvey’s guitar erupts and her voice curdles with the strains until you assert, don’t you would like you by no means by no means met her? Don’t you, don’t you need you by no means by no means met her? For Sharon, this rocker of a music was once thoroughly unforeseen coming from a girl with a guitar. “Yeah, it used to be simply type of a unique facet than I had noticeable, as the different girl singers I take heed to that I nonetheless appreciate, like Juliana Hatfield or Tori Amos, they’re form of tricky, yet they’re, like, beautiful, too. Like, there’s a sweetness approximately them, although it may be tongue-in-cheek. . . . I simply proposal PJ was once extra of a badass, and lots more and plenty extra cathartic to sing than a Juliana Hatfield track. ” After that evening, Sharon acquired an electrical guitar and not felt undesirable approximately writing song, and soon—in the center of the night—left her abusive dating. After spending six years in Tennessee, she moved again to her mom and dad’ condo, lived of their basement, and desirous about writing and recording. in the course of her time in New Jersey, Sharon observed loads of exhibits in big apple urban. One evening she went to the Bowery Ballroom, at the decrease East facet, to observe social gathering. She didn’t understand the hole act, Kyp Malone, most sensible identified for his paintings with the recent York band television at the Radio, yet famous him because the brother of a highschool pal.