Pop Science: Serious Answers to Deep Questions Posed in Songs
James Ball, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, uses data, facts, and science to deliver hilarious, fascinating answers to some of the most famous questions in pop music history. Some of the most famous questions of our time have come to us in pop songs. “What is love?” “How soon is now?” “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” But do you know the answers?
Breaking down lyrics from Bob Dylan, Queen, Rihanna, the Ting Tings, Billy Joel, and a variety of other genre-and decade-spanning artists with colorful graphs and Venn diagrams, Pop Science reveals the exact points where lowbrow pop culture and the highest science and philosophy meet. By revealing the economic status of doggies in windows, what war is good for, and what becomes of the brokenhearted, James Ball uncovers what we have always known—that pop music is the key to life itself.
192 pages; 6 x 7.75 inches; hardcover