Judge This Book By Its Covers

Posted by Greg on Oct 28, 2017 in Music, Websites |

For the last decade, music journalist and publicist Ray Padgett has cultivated a music blog with a distinct market: the love and lore of cover songs. To date, that blog Cover Me, remains one of the go-to authorities for cover songs through the past 50-60 years. That love of cover songs has fueled Padgett’s debut book Cover Me, a fascinating and thoroughly researched look at 19 beloved cover songs. Whether its the thought-provoking history behind Elvis’ mega-hit “Hound Dog” or the bittersweet look at The Gourds’ take on Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” Cover Me is as exciting, engaging and important as any music book released this year.

Music lovers across the globe should head on over to Amazon and buy a copy of Padgett’s irreplaceable book. Gorgeously packaged by Sterling Press, Cover Me is not only laced with sterling editorial but also a trove of classic photographs. But its the stories behind the songs that makes this book so worth the investment. Dive into the reluctant story behind Johnny Cash’s Nine Inch Nails cover and Adele’s ubiquitous Bob Dylan cover. Take a stroll down memory lane and discover what led Creedence to tackle Marvin Gaye, The Who to take a stab at Eddie Cochrane and Devo to conquer the Stones.

In each of these nineteen chapters, there’s something worth gleaning that will shed new light on some of the most familiar songs of the past sixty years. No doubt about it, Cover Me is a must have for anyone who considers themselves a fan of popular music. With this release, Ray Padgett has marked himself as one of music journalism’s freshest new faces.

Not bad for a debut. Not bad at all.

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