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

Based on the popular Wall Street Journal column, Anatomy of a Song (Grove Press) captures the stories behind 45 hits through intimate interviews with the artists who wrote and recorded them.

Marc Myers is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, where he writes about rock, soul, and jazz, as well as the arts.


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