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Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity”

Don’t worry. You don’t have to be a music junkie to appreciate this book or movie.

But that helps.

I decided to pick up the book after watching the movie, which I also highly recommend. Come on, you can’t help but fall in love with John Cusack in his glory days (“High Fidelity,” “Say Anything”). Nowadays…not so much.

Rob (John Cusack) is good with music: he owns a small record shop and has strong views on what’s decent and what isn’t. But he’s much less good with relationships. In fact, he’s not at all sure that he wants to commit himself to anyone, especially with someone who doesn’t share the same music taste as him. No one is surprised that his girlfriend decides that enough is enough.


Haven’t you always wanted to be present for one of those moments when everyone simultaneously breaks into song with Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer?” The mood changes, everyone is connected and smiling, and nobody has to say it, but everyone’s thinking it–damn, life is good.

Music has that general effect on the world; we have Cameron Crowe to thank for this particular scene and the emotion that follows. Crowe found a way to get a glimpse into that inexplicable thing about music that makes it so amazing and put it into a movie.

Lorna’s Top 5 Music Movies (in no apparent order):

1.  Almost Famous (more…)