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Go ahead, make all the fun of me you want, I love a cappella It s probably my mom s fault, she loved Broadway musicals and I grew up knowing all the lyrics to My Fair Lady and Oklahoma and, yes, The Music Man, where Professor Harold Hill keeps seducing the town council away from their duty into four part harmony I loved the Spike Lee documentary about a cappella, too So it follows that I loved Pitch Perfect, that great little 2012 film about two collegiate a cappella teams, one all boy, one a Go ahead, make all the fun of me you want, I love a cappella It s probably my mom s fault, she loved Broadway musicals and I grew up knowing all the lyrics to My Fair Lady and Oklahoma and, yes, The Music Man, where Professor Harold Hill keeps seducing the town council away from their duty into four part harmony I loved the Spike Lee documentary about a cappella, too So it follows that I loved Pitch Perfect, that great little 2012 film about two collegiate a cappella teams, one all boy, one all girl, competing for some prize or other Who cares The music was what mattered When the credits rolled and I saw that the film had been based on an actual book, of course I had to read it.While there are virtually no similarities between book and film, nevertheless this is one of those books specializing in a single subject that is fun and informative and left me googling the dates for the next A Cappella Festivella at UAA Rapkin writes That a cappella began with Gregorian chant in the church shouldn t come as a surprise what s closer to God than the unadorned voice The music then traveled In time, the Puritans would embrace shape note singing and a book of vocal spirituals called The Sacred HarpCall and response singing from Africa, meanwhile, would mingle with these vocal traditions to become American gospel Somewhere along the way, what began as a service to a higher power went secular Then it went pop This is howRapkin takes us from the Mills Brothers in 1931 to Pete Seeger and the Weavers 1950s cover of Solomon Linda s 1939 song Mbube, better known to us all and especially my mother, who was also a huge folk music fan as The Lion Sleeps Tonight or Wimoweh We get quickly to collegiate a cappella, which to my great surprise is no longer represented only by the Whiffenpoofs and it is a miracle to me that they have survived this long with that name Turns out Pitch Perfect wasn t that far off, that today practically every college worthy of the name fields one and oftenthan one a cappella group, although a cappella is the vestige of college life that dare not speak its name There is no shame, no real social stigma, in admitting you were a Sigma Chi You might discuss it on a first date You might even put it on a resume A cappella, however, is topic non grata.Whatever Rapkin writes about three groups, the tradition ridden Beelzebubs of Tufts, the bad boy UV Hullabahoos, and the UO Divisi, who, everyone agrees, even the group that won, were robbed at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in 2005 because one of the judges didn t like them singing Usher s Yeah instead of something like, well, maybe Wimoweh The book is about the Divisi coming back from that, or not, and the Bubs and the B hoos trying to figure out what they are The Bubs aren tprofessional musicians They re students They ve been using the word professionas a noun, when they should have been thinking of it as an adjectiveThe thing about college a cappella is that it exists in this incredible space collegeThe problem arises when you take a cappella out of the context of college then what is it, really A cover band With no instruments.Pro or am, some of the groups, especially the Bubs, get a hell of a ride out of a cappella, including right into the White House, the David Letterman Show and all the way to the Philippines A lot of them find it hard to give it up when they leave college, and remain very active in their alumni associations, which makes colleges love a cappella groups all theAn active alumnus is an alumnus who writes checks.A whole nother subculture of which I knew nothing, until now Worth reading One note There will be significant time spent on YouTube during and following the reading of this book You have been warned [[ READ DOWNLOAD ]] ⇬ Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory ☋ Pitch Perfect is a behind the scenes look at the bizarre, often inspiring world of collegiate a cappella groupsThe first collegiate a cappella group, the Yale Whiffenpoofs, was founded by Cole Porter back inBut what had been largely an Ivy League phenomenon has, in the past fifteen years, exploded And it s not what you think There are now than , a cappella groups at colleges across the country The very best of these collegiate groups square off in the annual International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella showdown marked by wrenching close calls and exhilarating triumphs And, really, where else can you hear Michael Jackson s Bad in four part harmony In Pitch Perfect, GQ editor Mickey Rapkin follows a season in a cappella through all its twists and turns, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies yes, a cappella singers have groupies , the rockstar partying and run ins with the law , and all the bitter rivalries Along the way are encounters with boldfaced names such as President George W Bush, Prince, David Letterman, Barack Obama, Barbra Streisand, Hillary Clinton, Marisa Tomei, Amanda Bynes, Nick Lachey, Merv Griffin, Jim Carrey, Microsoft s Paul Allen, John Legend, and Jessica Biel At the heart of the narrative are three a cappella groups whose interactions are anything but harmonious the historic Tufts Beelzebubs, founded than forty years ago with , albums sold since, and struggling to record a new album that lives up to the hype Divisi of the University of Oregon, a relatively new, all female group attempting to overcome a loss in thechampionship and the University of Virginia 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Streisand Pandemonium Hillary Clinton Acque morte Marisa Tomei Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me Amanda Bynes Memoirs of a Geisha Nick Lachey Acque morte Merv Griffin Triumph in Bombay Jim Carrey Complete Works - Volume VII - Translations from Pahlavi Microsoft s Paul Allen Fleeting Fancy John Legend Comme au cinéma: Petite fable judiciaire (Littérature d'autres horizons) and Jessica Biel At the heart of the narrative are three a cappella groups whose interactions are anything but harmonious the historic Tufts Beelzebubs Stem Cell Battles: Proposition 71 and Beyond:How Ordinary People Can Fight Back against the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease - with a Posthumous Foreword by Christopher Reeve founded than forty years ago with Towards the Promised Land albums sold since 100 Places That Can Change Your Child's Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth and struggling to record a new album that lives up to the hype Divisi of the University of Oregon Great Circle a 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Crumb Coffee Table Art Book Pitch Perfect is sure to strike a chord with readers I wanted to like this so muchthan I actually did.As someone who sang a cappella in college, and who s been a fan of collegiate a cappella since being introduced to it at around the age of ten, I was easily caught up in the book s first several chapters, which introduce the featured groups and delve a bit into the history and cultural relevance of collegiate a cappella Ultimately, though, the book didn t sustain my interest I found Rapkin s authorial voice to be inappropriately sly and sm I wanted to like this so muchthan I actually did.As someone who sang a cappella in college, and who s been a fan of collegiate a cappella since being introduced to it at around the age of ten, I was easily caught up in the book s first several chapters, which introduce the featured groups and delve a bit into the history and cultural relevance of collegiate a cappella Ultimately, though, the book didn t sustain my interest I found Rapkin s authorial voice to be inappropriately sly and smug at times, and there s no real narrative thread to the book the focus bounces erratically among the three groups, with rather dull side trips into the professional side of collegiate a cappella, but the groups stories never really coalesce into anything meaningful, and the book ends in such a way that it almost seems as if Rapkin simply ran out of steam.I d probably rate this book closer to two or two and a half stars, except that I so enjoyed getting to revisit the a cappella world, even in such a small way, that it made me feel a tad bitgenerous than usual in assigning stars Ugh So wanted this to be good It has all the ingredients for a cracking non fiction read, but the author s voice ruined the experience Strange tense shifts mid chapter, a snide, smug tone, and the most jarring and inappropriate remarks and asides for example he was handsome the kind of guy even your dad would want to sleep with I mean what If it was written better I would have finished this. Didn t like it Its a subject sadly I know oh, too intimately and this book does not capture the experience In essence, too journalistic Too much of an extended magazine article that does not capture the charm, comradarie, desperation, eccentricities of the collegiate a cappella experience in fact the expression collegiate a cappella immediately destroys the subject No No No. Movie was much better than the book I feel absolutely awful for giving this such a low rating But as an advisor fan of the movies, this was definitely not what I was expecting I had no clue it was non fiction, and that there were such massive differences between the media s.The jumping around and info overload also contributed to me not finding it worthwhile to finish the book Who knows though Maybe I ll try again in the future The Deal Pitch Perfect follows 3 college A Capella groups through one collegiate season as each tries to do something.Divisi, an all female group from the University of Oregon is trying to prove that they belong as one of the nation s elite college groups after a crushing loss in nationals and the exodus of their core singers.The Hullabahoos, an all male group from University of Virginia, is trying to get drunk a lot and sing at a Lakers game.And the Beelzebubs, an all male group from Tuft The Deal Pitch Perfect follows 3 college A Capella groups through one collegiate season as each tries to do something.Divisi, an all female group from the University of Oregon is trying to prove that they belong as one of the nation s elite college groups after a crushing loss in nationals and the exodus of their core singers.The Hullabahoos, an all male group from University of Virginia, is trying to get drunk a lot and sing at a Lakers game.And the Beelzebubs, an all male group from Tufts University, are trying to record a follow up to their latest, ground breaking A Capella record.What Worked Divisi Anytime Rapkin focused on Divisi I was enthralled and completely a long for the ride My heart broke for these girls on several occasions and I got nervous and excited for them every time they went on stage If the book had just been about Divisi, it would have gotten a much higher ranking.What Didn t Work Both male groups just came across as entitled rich boys waiting for a payoff that they never quite seemed to earn They blended together far too often and I had to look up the book onto remind myself what their actual names were There s also a lot of unnecessary insider information about the world of a capella Basic background information was nice, but I didn t need to know about feuding presidents of feuding A Capella organizations Anything Extra Special The competition between Divisi and Noteworthy, Brigham Young s all female group, could be an entire novel in itself.Would I Read It Again I feel like I m beating a dead horse, but I d definitely revisit the chapters on Divisi, maybe read them together and see if they still hold up as one, long narrative It was interesting in parts, but other parts I felt like it went off and didn t make sense I felt like I learned a lot about collegiate a cappella, and I actually found it fascinating even though I m not a singer or performer I wouldn t recommend this book, but I m glad I stumbled upon it because now I have a large playlist of a cappella groups that I wouldn t have known about had I not read this book Also, the book is nothing like the movie I didn t read the description before I purchased It was interesting in parts, but other parts I felt like it went off and didn t make sense I felt like I learned a lot about collegiate a cappella, and I actually found it fascinating even though I m not a singer or performer I wouldn t recommend this book, but I m glad I stumbled upon it because now I have a large playlist of a cappella groups that I wouldn t have known about had I not read this book Also, the book is nothing like the movie I didn t read the description before I purchased the book I don t even know how they say the movie is based off this book First, if this is being too focused on business, I can only imagine what the lighthearted side of a cappella is like I loved this book not because of the actual text, though that was entertaining, but because I had had no idea that a cappella had changed so much since I was in college Sure, I remember the khakis and navy jackets, but, barely 15 years after my school went co ed ridiculously late , the women s group was already far better than the men First, if this is being too focused on business, I can only imagine what the lighthearted side of a cappella is like I loved this book not because of the actual text, though that was entertaining, but because I had had no idea that a cappella had changed so much since I was in college Sure, I remember the khakis and navy jackets, but, barely 15 years after my school went co ed ridiculously late , the women s group was already far better than the men s I particularly remember a cute version of I Think I Love You cute, because this was the 80s and they were clearly NOT going for sexy I also love the Whiffenpoofs, partially because I listened to them as a kid and partially because my brother in law s excitement about their Fall 2013 concert was so infectious Seriously, that year s version of Down by the Salley Gardens makes me cry every time So, wow have things ever changed Thank you, Mickey Rapkin, for showing me how fabulous a cappella has become And thank you YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes for clarifying the situation One of the difficulties in reading this book is that real life doesn t give you the satisfying conclusions that fiction can, so Pitch Perfect the movie is always going to eclipse Pitch Perfect the book in terms of story arc Or if the book were a novel, the three groups would meet in some epic a cappella showdown, Divisi would win by a hair, singers from different groups would fall in love at an amazing Hullabahoo party, and everyone would live happily ever after, forever young and envied by their detractors But back to non fiction If you can get beyond all that and read the book for what it actually is, you re in for a whole lot of fun I ve read the criticism below about the book, and while I have to say that I agree with most, I m cutting Rapkin some slack I m not sure it s possible to write coherently and smoothly about 45 kids during one academic year while resisting the impulse to make anyone too much of a stand out That said, there were certainly some hilarious mistakes that any good copy editor should have caught Maybe the book was slapped together too quickly after a positive response to the original article And why was the music director who quit school an entirely different person in the book than the guy mentioned in one of the articles This only matters to me insofar as I start to questionof the details But I still liked it So a 3 for the writing, and a 5 for the subject subject wins.Divisi s story was the most compelling, the one that had the most potential for a story arc if life were to imitate fiction I really liked these women my only real complaint was that I wanted to hearabout them And that song has got to be the best arrangement ever Yeah was the first a cappella song I bought on YouTube, simply because I couldn t stop listening to it on Spotify The other non religious songs Divisi has there are a lot of fun, too like Pink Martini s Hey Eugene.I was left a little cold by the Hullabahoos story Seriously You get the chance to sing at a Lakers game and you don t plan for traffic What seemed inexplicable to me was how much Rapkin loved them Yeah, it s UVA, so that s always going to be cool But if he was looking for a new ish group from the South to compare to Divisi and the Beelzebubs, all he had to do was look at the Sil hooettes who are also from UVA, who were founded the year after the Hullabahoos, and who sound amazing I finally concluded that the Hullabahoos greatest strength isn t so much their singing as it is their political abilities More than party animals and they clearly have a blast doing what they do they re political animals who took Rapkin on a wild ride and gave him a taste of being back in college himself Now that s a brilliant move Okay, maybe it s an issue of song selection I don t much care for soft pop or power ballads, so a lot of the Hullabahoos repertoire or, at least, what I found on Spotify leaves me cold I will agree that the harmony on One is gorgeous, but there s a weariness and a darkness in the original song that s lacking in this version Maybe that sounds unfair since these are college students, but the Hullabahoos do get that weird sense of cheerful menace right in Pumped Up Kicks, so they rethan capable of adapting to a song.Actually, it really is an issue of song selection plus arrangement And that s what makes Yeah and just about everything done by the Beelzebubs so fabulous Put on headphones and listen to Yeah and try to pick out all the different parts You ve got to marvel at how Evynne Smith turned the original Usher song into all of that Or try the same thing with the Beelzebubs All the Love in the World or Epiphany or Agnus Dei or Sexy Buttons link above, since it s only on YouTube And I would never have listened to Hey Juliet if it weren t for this arrangement.If I take away just one thing from Pitch Perfect, it s that I now love the Beelzebubs I wasn t involved in a cappella in college at all instrumentalist bias , never watched The Sing Off or Glee, so I hadn t heard of them Nor had my husband who, despite growing up in and around Boston, also went to school in the 80s, well before a cappella became radically less dorky I mean, where do I begin Sure, Code Red is a cool album, especially The Way You Look Tonight and Hot in Herre, but I like others even better When I wanted to show a friend a Straight No Chaser and Muse fan why I was listening to the Beelzebubs, I started with Vehicle and Madness and Bills, Bills, Bills honestly, just hearing that guy sing the word cellphone is worth the price of the song all by itself Then I moved on to Imma Be Rocking That Body totally addicted to it , Debra Beck how awesome is that , When I Get You Alone, Come Sail Away which I used to hate , and Kings and Queens If this is what the Beelzebubs can accomplish when they re all uptight about their legacy, then I say bring on the anxiety On a side note, who knows if Andrew Savini was really enough of a pain in the ass to deserve all that grief it certainly couldn t have been his voice because everything that boy sings is amazing But evenimportant, why did his mother get slammed in the book His mother Seriously, Rapkin, you just don t do that to someone s mother Aside from that weirdness, though, she should be very proud of her son She just shouldn t listen to Pony Ever The thought of someday hearing my son even whistle that fabulously nasty song makes me cringe and start humming The Star Spangled Banner just to get the thought out of my head Still, she should be proud.One of the cool things about a cappella is hearing people with good voices interpret all sorts of songs Let s face it, while Bob Dylan is one of the great songwriters of the past half century, his voice is crap So the Beelzebub s version of Don t Think Twice, It s All Right is wonderful because the arrangement is good and the singer s voice is beautiful Same thing goes for Florence and the Machine s Shake It Out, both of the Rufus Wainwright songs, Keane s A Bad Dream love the original song, hate the breathing ,and so on Just gorgeous Whew If you ve read this far and haven t tried the book yet, do Just do And make sure to check out YouTube for these groups so you can see the terrific choreography for Yeah and clips from The Sing Off and so many others the Whiffenpoofs and the Dartmouth Aires and the Loreleis and On the Rocks and the Melodores especially Strange Fruit and all the groups at Duke and