The Illustrated Book of Songs

The Illustrated Book of Songs

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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 Dumped
Songs about Prostitution
Songs about Environmental Matters
Songs about Being a Complete and Utter Asshole
Songs about Gender Identity
Alternative 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 Rosalia. 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.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 150 x 190 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Antwerp, Netherlands
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 100
  • 9460582486
  • 9789460582486
  • 623,445

Review quote

"New Irish author Colm Boyd gives that famous Irish sense of humour free rein in his hilarious first book, The Illustrated Book of Songs. This is the gift every music buff and lover of Irish wit will want." -- Isabelle Kliger, Forbes;
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About Colm Boyd

Colm Boyd is a writer from County Cork (Ireland) who has been based in Barcelona since 2003. He writes for a range of corporate clients, as well as for various educational publishers such as Macmillan. Colm also runs his own blog, (, where he writes about language and new music releases. The Illustrated Book of Songs is his first book.
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