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This is an auction for I HATE MYSELF AND I WANT TO DIE: THE 52 MOST DEPRESSING SONGS YOU'VE EVER HEARD, by Tom Reynolds. reviews:

"Does the opening "pling pling pling" of Bette Midler's "The Rose" fill you with existential dread? Do you cringe at the mere whiff of what Phil Collins is spewing "In the Air Tonight"? Have you ever bolted from a restaurant because Celine Dion's cover of "All By Myself" was threatening to drive you over the edge? Tom Reynolds's I Hate Myself and Want to Die is a laugh-out-loud-'til-you'r­e-sobbing compendium of the world's most hideously depressing pop songs, and a guide to what makes them so heart-wrenchingly, earsplittingly sad and bad. With chapters like "I Was a Teenage Car Crash," I'm Trying to Be Profound and Touching but Really Suck at It," "Perfect Storms," and "I Mope, Therefore I Am," Reynolds details the history of melodic misery, from the days of Bobby Darin to the era of Evanescence. I Hate Myself and Want to Die is the one book that fans and foes of woeful tunes won't want to live without."

"FIVE STARS!!! This isn't just a simple countdown of the 52 most depressing songs but every song is neatly grouped into categories like "Teenage Car Crash" or "I'm Telling A Story Nobody Wants To Hear". Each selection is then dissected and broken down (including chart position and the various incarnations) with plenty of interesting information and background on the lyrics, artist(s), and the song itself. The author has a sense of humour, and injects plenty of wit throughout: I couldn't get through the introduction without cracking up."

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Paperback 2005.

308 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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