A musical tale of collegiate a cappella filled of high notes, high drama, and high jinks that inspired the hit films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2.
Get ready to be pitch slapped.
The roots of unaccompanied vocal music stretch all the way back to Gregorian chants of the Middle Ages, and collegiate a cappella is over a century old. But what was once largely an Ivy League phenomenon has, in the past twenty years, exploded. And it’s not what you think. Though the blue blazers and khakis may remain, a cappella groups at colleges across the country have become downright funky.
In Pitch Perfect, journalist Mickey Rapkin follows a season in a cappella through all its twists and turns, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies (yes, there are a cappella groupies), the rock-star partying, and all the bitter rivalries. Rapkin brings you into the world of collegiate a cappella characters—from movie-star looks and celebrity-size egos to a troubled new singer with the megawatt voice. Including encounters with a cappella alums like John Legend and Diane Sawyer and fans from Prince to presidents, Rapkin shows that a cappella isn’t for the faint of heart—or lungs.
Sure to strike a chord with fans of Glee and The Sing-Off, this raucous story of a cappella rock stars shows that sometimes, to get that perfect harmony, you have to embrace a little discord.
“Rapkin will make you care about collegiate a cappella… Very funny.”
“Finally, a journalist with the courage to investigate the cutthroat world of college a cappella… Rapkin has the perfectly bemused and giddy tone to tell these stories with the reverence they deserve.” — New York Post
“A fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at an underappreciated musical subculture.” — Booklist
“Rapkin’s book reveals a world with as much discord as harmony.” — Newsweek
“Look out, barbershop quartets. Mickey Rapkin uncovers the dirty truth behind collegiate a cappella groups.” — Marie Claire
“Contrary to popular opinion, there’s more to a cappella than mere song. In an often funny snapshot of collegiate life, Mickey Rapkin exposes a broad range of gritty issues, including drug use and breakdowns. He is a fresh new voice in journalistic nonfiction.” — Alexandra Robbins, bestselling author of Pledged: the Secret Life of Sororities
“Mickey Rapkin has captured the world of a cappella—a subculture that can claim members as far afield as Cole Porter and Osama bin Laden — in all its funny, earnest, and thoroughly strange glory. He nails it.” — David Rakoff, best-selling author of Dont Get Too Comfortable and Fraud: Essays
“Hilarious and very moving.” — Micdy Kaling, co-star and associate producer of NBC’s “The Office”
“Like a Christopher Guest movie in book form, Pitch Perfect is hilariously harrowing and embarrassingly suspenseful. You don’t have to survive four years of the a cappella experience to appreciate Rapkin’s detailed look into the triumphs and tragedies of these three groups. But if you have, if you know what it is to live on a college campus akin to Lord of the Flies set to the Eurhythmics, Pitch Perfect will not only strike a chord, it will slam down directly on it.” — Sloane Crosley, author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake