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October 19, 2016

Book Notes - Stephanie Gangi "The Next"

The Next

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Stephanie Gangi's novel The Next is an engaging and provocative literary ghost story.

Kirkus wrote of the book:

"Good fun, good writing, and strong characters keep this high-wire plot aloft."


In her own words, here is Stephanie Gangi's Book Notes music playlist for her debut novel The Next:



(Titles/artists with asterisks are cited directly or echoed lyrically in the novel)

*Adele: Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You
*Amy Winehouse: Back to Black
*Blondie: Will Anything Happen? ,11:59
*Bowie: Let’s Dance, Heroes
*Cat Power: Manhattan
*Citizen Cope and Carlos Santana: Sideways
*Elvis Costello: Kid About It, I Want You (Fiona Apple version), Almost Blue
*Feist: I Feel It All
*Fleetwood Mac: The Chain
*Gang of Four: Damaged Goods
*Gotye: Somebody That I Used to Know
*Lucinda Williams: Changed the Locks, Unsuffer Me
*Rolling Stones: Under My Thumb, No Expectations, Sway, Tell Me
*Sinatra: I’ve Got You Under My Skin, One For My Baby, The Shadow of Your Smile, New York, New York
*Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense, And She Was, This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody), Born Under Punches, Girlfriend is Better, Heaven, The Overload, Swamp, Mind
*The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
*The Lumineers: (cover) This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
*U2: One, Beautiful Day
*X: I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, Johnny Hit and Run Pauline, Adult Books, See How We Are
Akon, Eminem: Smack that Dirty
Blues Traveler: Alone
Black Keys: Next Girl
Bob Dylan: Sweetheart Like You
Bonnie Raitt: Guilty
Brandi Carlisle: The Things I Regret
The Weeknd: Can’t Feel My Face
Coldplay: Yellow
Cold War Kids: First
Daft Punk: Digital Love
Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach: God Give Me Strength
Fiona Apple: Criminal, Shadowboxer, Red Red Red
Florence and the Machine: Dog Days Are Over
Hozier: Take Me To Church
Jay Z: Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Jenny Lewis: Acid Tongue
Joe Cocker: Guilty
Jonatha Brooke: Linger
Joy Division: Atmosphere
Kanye West: Stronger
Kings of Leon: Use Somebody, Sex on Fire
Kristin Hersh and Michael Stipe: Your Ghost
Lou Reed: Perfect Day, Stephanie Says
Mary Gauthier: I Drink
Pere Ubu: Final Solution
Pretenders: Mystery Achievement, Cuban Slide, Night in My Veins, Talk of the Town, Creeps
Rihanna: Bitch Better Have My Money, Diamonds, Don’t Stop the Music, Only Girl in the World
Ryan Adams: I Wish You Would, Come Pick Me Up
Sia: Sweet Design, Chandelier
Television: Marquee Moon, See No Evil
The Bangles: Hazy Shade of Winter
The Breeders: Cannonball
The Killers: Somebody Told Me, Mr. Brightsides
The Knitters: Burning House of Love
The National: Bloodbuzz Ohio, Mr. November, Fake Empire
The Pogues: Fairytale of New York, Dirty Old Town
Tom Waits: Downtown Train
Van Morrison: Philosopher’s Stone
Velvet Underground: Pale Blue Eyes
White Stripes: You’re Pretty Good Looking, One More Cup of Coffee, Jolene
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Maps

Artists from the music game in the novel: Heroes

*First Lady of Song/Ella Fitzgerald: Someone to Watch Over Me
*Lady Day/Billie Holiday: I’ll Be Seeing You
*Prime Minister of Funk/George Clinton: We Want the Funk
*The Boss/Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel of Love, I’m on Fire, Cover Me, Sandy
*The Godfather of Soul/James Brown: It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World
*The Godmother of Punk/Patti Smith: Frederick
*The Killer/Jerry Lee Lewis: Breathless
*The King of Pain/Sting/The Police: Every Breath You Take
*The King of Pop/Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror
*The Lizard King/Jim Morrison: People Are Strange
*The Man in Black/Johnny Cash: I Walk the Line
*The Queen of Country/Kitty Wells: She’s No Angel
*The Queen of Soul/Aretha Franklin: Rock Steady
*The Pope of Mope/Morrissey: Suedehead


Stephanie Gangi and The Next links:

the author's website

BookPage review
Kirkus review

My Book, The Movie guest post by the author
The Quivering Pen essay by the author


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