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Turn Around Bright Eyes

The Rituals Of Love & Karaoke

By Rob Sheffield

Once upon a time I was falling apart. Now I'm always falling in love.

Pick up the microphone.

When Rob Sheffield moved to New York City in the summer of 2001, he was a young widower trying to start a new life in a new town. Behind, in the past, was his life as a happily married rock critic, with a wife he adored, and a massive collection of mix tapes that captured their life together. And then, in a flash, all he had left were the tapes.

Beyoncé , Bowie, Bon Jovi, Benatar . . .

One night, some friends dragged him to a karaoke bar in the West Village. A night out was a rare occasion for Rob back then.

Turn around

Somehow, that night in a karaoke bar turned into many nights, in many karaoke bars. Karaoke became a way out, a way to escape the past, a way to be someone else if only for the span of a three-minute song. Discovering the sublime ridiculousness of karaoke, despite the fact that he couldn't carry a tune, he began to find his voice.

Turn around

And then the unexpected happened. A voice on the radio got Rob's attention. The voice came attached to a woman who was unlike anyone he'd ever met before. A woman who could name every constellation in the sky, and every Depeche Mode B side. A woman who could belt out a mean Bonnie Tyler.

Bright Eyes

Turn Around Bright Eyes is an emotional journey of hilarity and heartbreak with a karaoke soundtrack. It's a story about finding the courage to move on, clearing your throat, and letting it rip. It's a story about navi- gating your way through adult romance. And it's a story about how songs get tangled up in our deepest emotions, evoking memories of the past while inspiring hope for the future.


Format: Book
Author: Sheffield, Rob
Title: Turn around bright eyes : the rituals of love & karaoke / Rob Sheffield.
Publisher Date: New York : It Books, c2013.
Subject: Sheffield, Rob Music critics -- United States -- Biography. Journalists -- United States -- Biography Karaoke -- Social aspects.
Isbn: 9780062207623
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Format: Book
Author: Sheffield, Rob
Title: Turn around bright eyes : the rituals of love & karaoke / Rob Sheffield.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : It Books, c2013.
Description: 275 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Sheffield, Rob
Subjects: Music critics -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: Journalists -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Karaoke -- Social aspects.
LCCN: bl2013030199
ISBN: 9780062207623
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: B Sheffield