Open your ears — think of a number.
From his bar stool on New York’s Lower East Side, surrounded by a colorful crew of locals, David Klein sets out on a quest for the infinite, hidden somewhere —everywhere?— in songs featuring numbers in their titles. The book that follows is a masterful, erudite tribute to 60 years of pop music.
If 6 Was 9 manages to be hilarious, geeky, seriously intellectual and heartfelt all at the same time. Revised and expanded, with a foreword by Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood, this comprehensive volume surveys number songs from zero through 99—making frequent detours across time and space along the way.
Here is a peek at a few of the book's 101 chapters...
Regarding Vol. 1
The first 33 chapters of If 6 Was 9 were published in 2011 as Vol. 1: The No. 1 Song in Heaven to Peng! 33, with a green cover and the promise of two more volumes. Instead, the whole count-up from 1 through 99 (and zero!) is now available in this definitive single edition, with revised, expanded, and sometimes radically different versions of the first 33 chapters. Copies of the green Vol. 1 are still floating around, but this 2016 edition with the blue cover, published by White River Press, represents the project in full. And it has pictures.