I expanded our approach to ensure that our album wouldn’t be chopped into singles for AM radio. So I produced ‘Whole Lotta Love’ as an uneditable expression.

Jimmy Page



“On ‘Street Fighting Man’s opening riff, I used enormous force on the strings. I like to whip them pretty hard.”

Keith Richards



“ 'Love’s in Need of Love Today’ emerged from the process of listening to what I was doing on the keyboard. To this day, I never sit down and formally write songs.”

Stevie Wonder



" 'White Rabbit' is a very good song. I'm not a genius, but I don't suck. My only complaint is that the lyrics could have been stronger. More people should have been annoyed. "

                                                                Grace Slick

The Songs…


1: Lawdy Miss Clawdy
2: K.C. Loving (Kansas City)
3: Shout
4: Please Mr. Postman
5: Runaround Sue
6: Chapel of Love
7: You Really Got Me
8: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
9: My Girl
10: Reach Out I’ll Be There
11: Darling Be Home Soon
12: Light My Fire
13: White Rabbit
14: Groovin’
15: Different Drum
16: (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay
17: Fist City
18. Street Fighting Man
19: Stand By Your Man
20: Magic Carpet Ride
21: Proud Mary
22: Oh Happy Day
23: Suspicious Minds
24: Whole Lotta Love
25: Mercedes Benz
26: Moonlight Mile
27: Maggie May
28: Carey
29: Respect Yourself
30: The Harder They Come 
31: Midnight Train to Georgia
32: Ramblin’ Man
33: Rock the Boat
34: Walk This Way
35: Love’s in Need of Love Today 
36: Deacon Blues
37: (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
38: Heart of Glass
39: Another Brick in the Wall
40: London Calling
41: Brother John/Iko Iko
42: Big City
43: Time After Time
44: Nick of Time
45: Losing My Religion

About the Book…


In Anatomy of a Song (Grove Press), Marc Myers features 45 of his interviews with leading rock, R&B and pop artists on the iconic hits they wrote and recorded. The interviews are organized in chronological order and are prefaced with introductions that trace the evolution of R&B and rock from 1952 to 1991.

Interviews With…


Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, the Kinks, Smokey Robinson, Loretta Lynn, John Fogerty, Merle Haggard, Joni Mitchell, the Clash, Jimmy Cliff, Gladys Knight, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Stipe, Bonnie Raitt and many more.

Praise for

Anatomy of a Song…


“A cultural history of the elusive hit single, focused on artists' recollections and studio alchemy…. The book's strength lies in thoughtful, wry reflections from artists including Elvis Costello, Jimmy Cliff, Stevie Wonder, Booker T. Jones, Dr. John, and Debbie Harry. An entertaining record of the soundtrack of the baby boomer era.”

Kirkus Reviews


“Who doesn’t like to listen to musicians tell their stories about the genesis of a song? Or to hear them laugh at the deep meaning that listeners often invest in it when for them it was, well, just a song about a breakup? Myers’ book has something for everyone.”

No Depression

“Myers provides a new introduction to the songs, which were written between 1952 and 1991, setting each in its cultural context, as well as indicating its historical significance . . . Following these introductions, Myers then turns the mike over to the artists, writers, musicians, and producers behind each song, who tell us about the stories behind it . . . Music fans will enjoy the behind-the-songs stories.”

Publishers Weekly