Review: Ray Padgett's Cover Me is an elevated, fun examination of musical imitation

Yes, you've heard that song somewhere before.

Review: Ray Padgett's Cover Me is an elevated, fun examination of musical imitation
Sterling Publishing

Nerds know that mining the origins of our favorite cover songs can often be gateways to tunes and stories that will eventually change our lives. Ray Padgett — senior music publicist at Shore Fire Media and a journalist whose work can be read at Consequence Of Sound, SPIN, MTV, Vice and more — knew that 10 years ago when he founded, and his new 232-page book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs Of All Time takes readers on an immersive examination of 19 songs.

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Some are standards (“Satisfaction” — a Rolling Stones cover by Devo) and others not so much (“Gloria” — Patti Smith covering Them), but every page of this hardcover beauty is laid out with gorgeous photos and several weekends’ worth of knowledge readers will cherish for the rest of their lives. (Sterling Publishing)

This post is excerpted from a larger music feature Creative Loafing Tampa ran in its books issuereleased on December 14. Read it here. Call your local record store or indie bookseller to see if these releases are in stock.

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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