Rock Fiction Coveting: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

Posted: May 22, 2015 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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We don’t get a lot of Rock Fiction written by rockers themselves, but here’s one for you. And maybe you don’t consider a mere songwriter to be a rocker, but I sure do, especially when you’ve got as many Grammys on her shelf as Cynthia Weil’s collected during her career.

And now she’s writing books. I bet you dollars to donuts (who came up with that phrase and can I just have the donuts, please?) she’s written a fab book. I mean, hello? The woman writes for a living!

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and songwriting legend Cynthia Weil’s extraordinary YA debut opens the secretive doors of the Brill Building-the hit factory that changed history. Part Mad Men, part Grace of my Heart, part murder mystery, I’m Glad I Did is a coming-of-age story at an unforgettable cultural tipping point: the summer of 1963.

JJ Greene, a gifted 16-year-old songwriter, defies her lawyer parents by secretly applying for a job in the famed Brill Building-the epicenter of songwriting for a new genre called rock-n-roll. But their warnings about the evils of the music industry prove far darker than she imagined when she finds herself at the heart of a cover-up that involves hidden identity, theft, and possibly murder.

Susan, who once had a friend who worked at Tin Pan Alley, is going to be beside herself to get her hands on this one. You have to know Rock’s past to fully understand it, she says all the time. I’m not sure I agree, but music history is a heck of a lot more interesting than some of the history I had to learn in school. And working for a symphony, I get a lot of music history.

Nothing this recent, though.

Okay, then. Bring it on and hopefully I can hide it from Susan and read it myself.

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