Immaculate first printing of this journalistic exploration of the "amazing...and impossibly embarrassing" world of unaccompanied singing groups.
Fine in fine jacket.
"They stole the gloved one's choreography, and it's tough to argue with nine men pretending to be werewolves."<br /><br />"Shut up, kid...I run the show here. I don't have time for your a cappella music." (David Letterman)<br /><br />
Rapkin's sensational exposé of the gritty underbelly of collegiate a cappella ensembles, inspiration for the 2012 film loosely based on his book and starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. The a cappella world, combining intense musical devotion with sportsmanlike loyalties, the ruthlessness of youth, and the inevitable peculiarities of a very niche subculture, provides the author with a wealth of material. A compelling window into a soap-operatic world of perfectionist alcoholics, soap-operatic interpersonal relationships and competitions turned "masturbatory, narcissistic parade[s]", all in service to a highly particular and genuine artistic ideal.
First edition. (New York): Gotham Books, (2008). 9'' x 6''. Original half cream cloth with maroon boards. In original unclipped ($26.00) dust jacket. , 275,  pages.
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