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A musical tale of collegiate a cappella filled of high notes, high drama, and high jinks is now a major motion picture. 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 . . .

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A musical tale of collegiate a cappella filled of high notes, high drama, and high jinks is now a major motion picture. 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 . . .

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High notes, high drama, and high jinks collide as elite collegiate a cappella groups compete to be the best in the nation Journalist Mickey Rapkin follows a season in collegiate a cappella, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies (yes, a cappella singers have groupies), the rock-­star partying (and run-­ins with the law), and all the bitter rivalries. Along the way are encounters with a cappella alums like John Legend and Diane Sawyer and fans from Prince to presidents. Bringing a lively new twist to AmericaÂ's fascination with talent showdowns, Pitch Perfect is sure to strike a chord with readers.

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High notes, high drama, and high jinks collide as elite collegiate a cappella groups compete to be the best in the nation
Journalist Mickey Rapkin follows a season in collegiate a cappella, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies (yes, a cappella singers have groupies), the rock-­star partying (and run-­ins with the law), and all the bitter rivalries. Along the way are encounters with a cappella alums like John Legend and Diane Sawyer and fans from Prince to presidents.
Bringing a lively new twist to America's fascination with talent showdowns, Pitch Perfect is sure to strike a chord with readers.

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A musical tale of collegiate a cappella filled of high notes, high drama, and high jinks is now a major motion picture.
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 . . .

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A musical tale of collegiate a cappella filled of high notes, high drama, and high jinks is now a major motion picture.
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 . . .

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What do Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, and Mandy Moore have in common? Before they were stars, they were campers at Stagedoor Manor, the premier summer theater camp for children and teenagers. Founded in 1975, Stagedoor continues to attract scores of young performers eager to find kindred spirits, to sing out loud, to become working actors—or maybe even stars.
Every summer for the past thirty-­five years, a new crop of campers has come to the Catskills for an intense, often wrenching introduction to professional theater. (The camp produces thirteen full-­scale productions during each of its three sessions.­) These kids come from varying backgrounds—the offspring of Hollywood players from Nora Ephron to Bruce Willis work alongside kids on scholarship. Some campers have agents, others are seeking representation.
When Mickey Rapkin, a senior editor at GQ and self-­proclaimed theater fanatic, learned about this place, he fled Manhattan for an escape to upstate New . . .

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What do Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, and Mandy Moore have in common? Before they were stars, they were campers at Stagedoor Manor, the premier summer theater camp for children and teenagers. Founded in 1975, Stagedoor continues to attract scores of young performers eager to find kindred spirits, to sing out loud, to become working actorsor maybe even stars.

Every summer for the past thirty-­five years, a new crop of campers has come to the Catskills for an intense, often wrenching introduction to professional theater. (The camp produces thirteen full-­scale productions during each of its three sessions.­) These kids come from varying backgroundsthe offspring of Hollywood players from Nora Ephron to Bruce Willis work alongside kids on scholarship. Some campers have agents, others are seeking representation.

When Mickey Rapkin, a senior editor at GQ and self-­proclaimed theater fanatic, learned about this place, he fled Manhattan for...

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What do Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, and Mandy Moore have in common? Before they were stars, they were campers at Stagedoor Manor, the premier summer theater camp for children and teenagers. Founded in 1975, Stagedoor continues to attract scores of young performers eager to find kindred spirits, to sing out loud, to become working actors—or maybe even stars. Every summer for the past thirty-­five years, a new crop of campers has come to the Catskills for an intense, often wrenching introduction to professional theater. (The camp produces thirteen full-­scale productions during each of its three sessions.­) These kids come from varying backgrounds—the offspring of Hollywood players from Nora Ephron to Bruce Willis work alongside kids on scholarship. Some campers have agents, others are seeking representation. When Mickey Rapkin, a senior editor at GQ and self-­proclaimed theater fanatic, learned about this place, he fled Manhattan for an escape to upstate New York. . . .

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In “Here is New York,­” EB White memorably advises that a person shouldn’t move to New York “unless he is willing to be lucky.­” Growing up in Long Island, Mickey Rapkin—author of Pitch Perfect, which inspired the blockbuster film starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson—always felt susceptible to Manhattan’s gravitational pull. And when he arrived in the big city it exceeded his expectations, taking him to heights and knocking him for loops he could never have anticipated. And that’s just what his essays about the experience do, too. In “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” (which takes its name from an LCD Soundsystem song) Rapkin recounts a universal story of falling in love with New York, and the special ways the city—and the people you meet here—can break your heart, then bring you back to life. In the humorous but visceral “How Not To Tell Your Girlfriend You’re Gay” he explores the unexpected emotions of attending the wedding of his last girlfriend. These essays . . .

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