Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory

Book - 2008
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"Pitch Perfect" is a behind-the-scenes look at the bizarre, often inspiring world of collegiate a cappella groups. The first collegiate a cappella group, the Yale Whiffenpoofs, was founded by Cole Porter back in 1909. But what had been largely an Ivy League phenomenon has, in the past fifteen years, exploded. And itas not what you think. There are now more than 1,200 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 Cappellaaa showdown marked by wrenching close calls and exhilarating triumphs. And, really, where else can you hear Michael Jacksonas aBada 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, Microsoftas 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 more than forty years ago with 40,000 albums sold sinceaand 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 the 2005 championship; and the University of Virginia Hullabahoos, the so-called bad boys of collegiate a cappella, who will attempt to compete on a higher level this year while retaining their casual soul. Bringing a lively new twist to Americaas fascination with talent showdowns and peerless performers, "Pitch Perfect" is sure to strike a chord with readers.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9781592403769
159240376X
Branch Call Number: 782.5 RAPKIN M
Characteristics: 275 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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greenhungergames
Jul 09, 2015

I was expecting something like the movie. I love the movies because they're very funny and fast-paced. This was slow, unfunny, and very bad. Would never recommend this book to anyone.

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Tutera
Mar 26, 2013

This is my fav movie of all time just love it can't get enlighten of it I love BECCA AND CHLOE GO GIRLS
BTW it wold be so awesome if they read this OMG what if they read this

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greenhungergames
Jul 09, 2015

A book about collegiate a Capella which is probably not even true though it says it is.

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Tutera
Mar 26, 2013

Beca (Anna Kendrick) is that girl who'd rather listen to what's coming out of her headphones than what's coming out of you. Arriving at her new college, she finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together, in the new out-loud comedy Pitch Perfect. When Beca takes this acoustic singing group out of their world of traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of the cutthroat world of college a cappella. This could wind up either the coolest thing they'll ever do or the most insane, and it will probably be a little of both.

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Mar 26, 2013

Tutera thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 21

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