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Don’t bore us with the chorus: 'The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory'

John Seabrook's latest book,
John Seabrook's latest book, "The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory."
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New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook takes a look at how pop music has become identified by a constant stream of ‘hooks’ and repetitive melodies.

He says modern songwriters and producers are carefully crafting and curtailing songs to appeal to the musical “bliss point.”

Seabrook explains what massive cultural upheaval lead to this new model, which artists have followed it and found success and what it says about the habits of listeners.


John Seabrook, New Yorker staff writer and the author of “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory