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Hornby, Nick (Author) & Dzama, Marcel (Artist). NICK HORNBY SONGBOOK. San Francisco, CA: McSweeney's Books, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 147 pages. As New. Signed.

The author's collection of essays and prose-poems on music. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. With the exception of Marcel Dzama's "The Berlin Years" (which is an Artist Book), this is still the single best book published by McSweeney's. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original. A brilliant production by Marcel Dzama and Alysha Naples: Regular-sized volume format in square shape. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Nick Hornby. Original art by Marcel Dzama. CD containing 11 selections attached on the inside back endcover. Printed on archival stock paper in Iceland to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Nick Hornby's highly personal and idiosyncratic Songbook. Hornby is singularly qualified to write a book about popular music, having written the novel, "High Fidelity", which became the basis of a fine film (with John Cusack). He has also written music criticism for The Yorker Magazine. The personal essays on music in "Nick Hornby Songbook" pop off the page with the immediacy and passion of an artfully arranged mixed tape. But then, who better to riff on 31 of his favorite songs than the author of that literary music-lover's delight, "High Fidelity"? "And mostly all I have to say about these songs is that I love them and want to sing along to them and force other people to listen to them and get cross when these other people don't like them as much as I do" (Nick Hornby). Apart from the indispensable accompanying CD, Hornby's pitch-perfect prose is also enhanced by the quirkily and indelibly beautiful illustrations of the Canadian artist Marcel Dzama. An instant hit. A "must-have" title for Nick Hornby and Marcel Dzama collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Nick Hornby. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is the one of extremely few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 2003, the first book by McSweeney's nominated in the hotly contested category by one of the most prestigious literary award bodies in America. Winner of the E. M. Forster Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. Two of the finest living writer/artists. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NICK HORNBY, MARCEL DZAMA, AND MCSWEENEY'S TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0971904774. $400.00

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