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Icked off British rock or Rock Island Line by Lonnie Donegan which started the skiffle boom and caused so many great future artists to form groups all over the country Other songs are truly of their time and not remembered widely now unless you were actually around at the moment for xample Dickie Valentine s In a Golden Coach which was hugely popular during the Coronation in 1953This is a fascinating account of the times and Naked encompasses diversevents such as package holidays Shadow Scale (Seraphina, education the home and family life Thatcherism Band Aid talent shows and music festivals It charts not only the history of the country but that of our music looking at the first singles chart radio those whose influence lasted and musical trends From Joe Meek the Beatles Bowie the Bay City Rollers boy groups to pop divas musicals and novelty records all are covered in this celebration of our musical tastes Stuart Maconie writes with humour and intelligence and this is a great read for music lovers The children now love luxury they have bad manners contempt for authority they show disrespect forlders and love chatter in place of Claim The Crown exercise Children are now tyrants not the servants of their households They no longer rise whenlders nter the room They contradict their parents chatter before company gobble up dainties at the table #cross their legs and tyrannize their teachersAttributed to Socrates by Plato Republic Book 4You can tell # their legs and tyrannize their teachersAttributed to Socrates by Plato Republic Book 4You can tell People s Songs isn t a proper history because there are no acknowledgements not one ven though Stuart Maconie uotes In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, entire paragraphs from other books there s no bibliography no index And you can tell this isn t a muso critical 50 Greatest British Songs becauseven though Bark every chapter is named after a song he only mentions casually who recorded it and when it was issued The songs are just hooks And there s a liberal sprinkling of turkeys Radio Ga Ga Another Brick in the Wall The Ying Tong Song And Je T aime because of all those liuid consonants breathy fricatives and soft slurred non guttural syllablesven when sayingLike the irresolute waveI go I go and I comeBetween your kidneys What this seems to be and I ve read it but I m still not 100% sure is a gallop through British youth movements interesting personalities like Joe Meek shoots landlady then self and Morrissey I m not afraid to say that I think Band Aid was diabolical or to say that I think Bob Geldof is a nauseating character and major political vents since 1940 in to say that I think Bob Geldof is a nauseating character and major political vents since 1940 in company of a motormouth who occasionally says surprising things such as a very uncompromising defence of prog yes Yes but mainly appears not to be pushing any particular line Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! except one which says that British pop culture is always alive always well always in your face and always casually brilliant After all the British invented so much heavy metal rave culture gay pop stars what s that Oh yeah Wherelse could George Michael Elton John and Freddie Mercury come from Not to mention Boy George Holly Johnson from Frankie Goes to Hollywood the Pet Shop Boys The list goes on Not so much for girls though Er where was I I got distracted It s that kind of bookTeds baggies crusties laddism Northern soul mods skins goths ZZT 2 Tone merseybeat glam new romantics hardcore handbag dub bhangra miners striketoriesFalklandswarpirateradioacidhouselabourlandslideinvasionofiraecowarriorsfootballohfookinasis he crams it all in and hurtles off to the next song next chapter next pivotal moment next ohjust a moment till I catch my breathlet me sit down for a mo I m not as young as the youth movement I was once part of any I m not sure who this book is for but it s pretty good 35 stars and Happenings Ten Years Time Ago from mehttpwwwyoutubecomwatchvDrTl9psurely the best non hit of the 60s. Is a celebration of songs that tell us something about how Britons have felt about things in their lives down the ras work war class leisure race family drugs sex patriotism and In times of prosperity or poverty this is the music that inspired haircuts and dance crazes but also protest and social change The companion to Stuart Maconie’s landmark Radio 2 series The People’s Songs shows the power of cheap pop music­ one of Britain’s greatest xports. ,


Given that this is supposed to be a book about songs there s a surprising lack of song related material Maconie isn t a particularly good writer some of his facts are just plain wrong and based on received wisdom rather than him making any Mastered (The Enforcers, effort to do research He doesn t give any new insights into modern Britain and the song choices are not thatxciting ither #Why Did I Buy It And Read It It Was # did I buy it and read it It was uid and I love music but it wasn t a great xperience I ve read several of Stuart Maconie s books recently as I njoy his writing style and way of looking at things This one is slightly difference from his other books as it s the written version of a radio series which looked at Britain s history through the medium of popular songs Each chapter looks at a particular song and considers what it tells us about the UK of the time It s written with perception and humour And I Found Much To Like In Each Chapter Even I found much to like in ach chapter ven I wasn t a fan of the song which was its subject I think it s a book for dipping into over a long period rather than one to race through from cover to cover as there s so much to njoy in the discussion of Uncommon Wisdom each song that it would be a shame to dilute that by reading too much at a time I did not buy very many of the singles Stuart Maconie chooses for his trawl through the musical and social history of Britain some were before my time some I bought the vinyl or CD album and others I was perhaps not in touch wi If I could give half stars this would be a three and a half star review This book isn t bad and if you are looking for a nostalgic undemanding read it s pr This is a social history of Britain from WWII to the present day told chronologically in 50 chapters withach chapter centred around a song that represents its theme The themes cover topics ranging across post War austerity immigration unemployment and riots but also lighter subjects such as package The themes cover topics ranging across post War austerity immigration unemployment and riots but also lighter subjects such as package and the rise of Unseen City electronic music The book is a companion to a Radio 2 series from 2013 which included opinions from members of the public and the inclusion of some of these in the book would havenhanced it While I liked Maconie s wry style and felt he dealt with the controversial topics in a balanced and informative way his views did become slightly repetitive over the course of 50 chapters Nonetheless this is an interesting and thoughtful book which I found hard to put down Art especially once it reached thera of my own musical memoriesThere are a few inaccuracies in the book such as describing the ueen of Tonga as a guest from the Caribbean and a sackful of typos some are amusing like scoolchiden and unconcoious while those involving missing words are distracting and irritating so better God Is in the Crowd editing would have helped Overall well worth a read if you are interested in modern social history or the history of popular music Pretty boring Song choices good mainstream but Maconie tends to focus too much on giving us lumpy and dreary chunks of social history interspersed with or lessxtended discussions of other artists that the one nominally under discussion reminds him of In most cases a rather low proportion of the chapter discusses the actual song in uestion And then what he has to say is of little interestHe also spends an unnecessary amount of dull bookspace discreetly making the point that he is a good modern liberal anti Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard elitist man of the people which is very nice for his neighbours I m sure but neither relevant nor interesting here This wonderful book covers seven decades of music looking at songs that have tracked the changing times of the country It is a people s history of modern Britain told through shared musical memories andach chapter has an The Matriarchs (The Family emblematic record Of course this book accompanies the radio series by Stu. These are the songs that have been listened to laughed to loved to and labored to as well as downed tools and danced to Covering the last seven decades Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have been the soundtracks for changing times and have just sometimes changed the way listeners feel Beginning with Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again a song that reassured a nation parted from their loved ones by the turmoil of war and culminating with the manicnergy.

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