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.
This raucous story of a cappella rock stars shows that sometimes to get that perfect harmony, you have to embrace a little discord.
'Pitch Perfect is hilariously harrowing and embarrassingly suspenseful.' Sloane Crosley, author of I Was Told There'd be Cake
'Hilarious and very moving.' Mindy Kaling, costar and executive producer of NBC's The Office
'Rapkin will make your care about collegiate a cappella . . . Very Funny.' GQ
Mickey Rapkin is a writer living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in "The New York Times, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Details, " and "Time Out New York." He is currently a senior editor at GQ.