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download Æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ä Stuart Maconie Stuart Maconie Ä 7 read & download read The People's Songs The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records Of Bonkers Dizzee Rascal’s anthem for the push and rush of the 21st century inner city The People’s Songs takes a tour of the UK's pop music and asks what it means to a BritonThe story of modern Britain is told chronologically over 50 chapters through the records that listened to and loved during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from World War II to the present day This is not a rock critiue about the 50 greatest tracks ever recorded Rather it 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 and each chapter has an emblematic record Of course this book accompanies the radio series by Stuart Maconie and if you enjoyed that then you will certainly like this too It is not only a musical history of the country but also a social history encompassing many different aspects of our shared memories as a nationThe book begins with We ll meet again and ends with hip hop In between many different musical styles are represented including skiffle rock and roll progressive rock heavy metal folk music disco Britpop and punk Some songs are truly universally known such as She Loves You by the Beatles an euphoric beginning to the Sixties Others are of importance for other reasons Move it by Cliff Richard which kicked 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 example Dickie Valentine s In a Golden Coach which was hugely popular during the Coronation in 1953This is a fascinating account of the times and encompasses diverse events such as package holidays 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

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download Æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ä Stuart Maconie Stuart Maconie Ä 7 read & download read The People's Songs The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records Is a celebration of songs that tell us something about how Britons have felt about things in their lives down the eras 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 exports 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 probably worth buying It s just that it isn t as good as I hoped it would beThis is a tie in to a BBC radio series and that is probably key to the weakness of the book which without being a massive coffee table endangering tome is going to struggle to have the depth and richness of a 50 part radio series I didn t hear the radio series but the blurb about it on the BBC website suggests that it was centred around listeners s views Crucially that is an element missing hearOn the plus side Maconie is an interesting and engaging writer although perhaps not uite at his waspish best There is nothing here uite as funny or scurrilous as his comparison of Chris de Burgh writing Lady in Red and the leader of the Third Reich a comparison in which the former fares badly Further any book of lists always generates the pleasure of disagreeing with inclusions and exclusions One undoubted strength of this collection is the extent of Maconie s net which spreads from the Bay City Rollers to Black Sabbath from My Boy Lollipop to Ebeneezer Goode A fascinating exclusion is a song which when I got to the end of the book I thought How can he call this the people s music and omit that However the book which claims to be the 50 people s songs only includes 49 For the radio series listeners were invited to propose the final entry Given the timing of the final show the identity of the chosen song was utterly inevitableBeing that eclectic is also one of the weaknesses of the book The vox pops of the radio series probably gave it a coherence which this doesn t have The stated aim in the introduction is that this will be the people s choices the pop music which meant something to the people of Britain That is certainly the case with some of the the choices which wouldn t appear in a classic rock history We ll meet again Don t cry for me Argentina but that doesn t tell the whole story The book is veers between that andA straight history of British musical genres heavy metal punk goth rave etc etcA history of pale and interesting young men s music Bowie s Starman Bronski Beat and of course the mandatory inclusion under the Representation of Self important Misanthropes Act 1986 which states that no British musical book can omit Manchester Miserablist Morrisey of the SmithsA social history of post war Britain Silver Jubilee miners strike Labour s 1997 election victorySongs included simply because the author likes them andor the artist The most glaring example of this is Solsbury Hill excellent song though it is justified on the wafer thin basis that people like to go on country walks to think things through Another disappointment after the descent from breadth into lack of coherence is the fact that one would guess that the target demographic particularly as this was a Radio 26 project is people in their 40s to 60s but the book contains very little that has not been repeated many times before and is not already well known to a large proportion of the readership Again I suspect the problem here is that the missing new material was in the popular interviews in the Radio Series That said it is always entertaining to be reminded that the guitarist on 60s hit Telstar was George Bellamy father of Muse s MattOne of the pleasures of listening to Maconie is his iconoclastic view the world Here he seems to adopt some boringly currently trendy views Prog was actually uite good thoroughly sound position Live Aid is rubbished to an extent as ineffective mainly serving to promote the careers of washed up rock stars and amazingly being responsible for the birth of celebrity culture and middle class music festivals Gosh and I Thought it was a bloke trying todo some good after being shocked by a catastrophe Oasis rather than being musical magpies who produced two stonkingly good albums and little else of note were in fact single handedly responsible for the downfall of decent society and the growth of lad culture While giving views with which one can disagree could actually be one of the pleasures of the book lazy inaccuracies are less ambivalent In the second chapter there is the stunningly crassly inaccurate description of the ueen of Tonga as being from the Caribbean He also uotes Jon Savage linking Nick Hornby with laddishness Anyone who has actually read Fever Pitch knows that while it could be accused of contributing to football becoming middle class it is very definitely anti ladIn summary while this book has its faults it is very readable and reading it really made me wish I d heard the radio series So a reuest to the BBC if issues with rights allow it can we have a download or a CD box set please Complete Novels The Heart Is a Lonely HunterReflections in a Golden EyeThe Ballad of the Sad CafeThe Member of the WeddingClock Without Hands in their lives down the eras work war class leisure race family drugs sex patriotism and In times of prosperity or poverty this The Mother Tongue English and How It Got That Way is the music that Fir 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 exports If I could give half stars this would be a three and a half star review This book Demons of Chitrakut Ramayana #3 isn t bad and Culture and Psyche Psychoanalysis and India if you are looking for a nostalgic undemanding read The Soldier’s Curse Monsarrat #1 it s probably worth buying It s just that A Tale of Two Kitties A Magical Cats Mystery #9 it City isn t as good as I hoped Fire and Blood it would beThis Slam Book Fever Sweet Valley High #48 is a tie The Fire Starters in to a BBC radio series and that The Fire Starters is probably key to the weakness of the book which without being a massive coffee table endangering tome The Kingdom is going to struggle to have the depth and richness of a 50 part radio series I didn t hear the radio series but the blurb about The War of the Ember Guardians of Ga'Hoole #15 it on the BBC website suggests that ヴァンパイア騎士 2 it was centred around listeners s views Crucially that Im Your Girl is an element missing hearOn the plus side Maconie Dark Sparkler is an Roughing It interesting and engaging writer although perhaps not uite at his waspish best There A Preacher's Passion is nothing here uite as funny or scurrilous as his comparison of Chris de Burgh writing Lady No More Good in Red and the leader of the Third Reich a comparison One Perfect Rose in which the former fares badly Further any book of lists always generates the pleasure of disagreeing with Ivanhoe inclusions and exclusions One undoubted strength of this collection All The Way is the extent of Maconie s net which spreads from the Bay City Rollers to Black Sabbath from My Boy Lollipop to Ebeneezer Goode A fascinating exclusion One Mans Treasure Hell Yeah #16 is a song which when I got to the end of the book I thought How can he call this the people s music and omit that However the book which claims to be the 50 people s songs only Not Without You includes 49 For the radio series listeners were Journey into Violence The Kerrigans A Texas Dynasty #3 invited to propose the final entry Given the timing of the final show the Dark Moon Rising identity of the chosen song was utterly The Saddle Club inevitableBeing that eclectic Chalk Houses is also one of the weaknesses of the book The vox pops of the radio series probably gave Christmas Joy it a coherence which this doesn t have The stated aim A Texan for Christmas in the Hot Blooded introduction Stripped Happy Endings #1 is that this will be the people s choices the pop music which meant something to the people of Britain That Buckland's Complete Book Of Witchcraft Llewellyn's Practical Magick is certainly the case with some of the the choices which wouldn t appear Master of Sin in a classic rock history We ll meet again Don t cry for me Argentina but that doesn t tell the whole story The book Whisper My Name is veers between that andA straight history of British musical genres heavy metal punk goth rave etc etcA history of pale and Mojave interesting young men s music Bowie s Starman Bronski Beat and of course the mandatory Lady Caraway's Cloak Zebra Regency Romance inclusion under the Representation of Self Typhoon important Misanthropes Act 1986 which states that no British musical book can omit Manchester Miserablist Morrisey of the SmithsA social history of post war Britain Silver Jubilee miners strike Labour s 1997 election victorySongs The Alpha Pack Shameless Book Bundles #2 included simply because the author likes them andor the artist The most glaring example of this Ride for Vengeance is Solsbury Hill excellent song though Talons of Eagles it What a Woman Desires is justified on the wafer thin basis that people like to go on country walks to think things through Another disappointment after the descent from breadth Pregnant by the Commanding Greek into lack of coherence A Misty Harbor Wedding is the fact that one would guess that the target demographic particularly as this was a Radio 26 project Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes Daisys Tea Garden Mystery #1 is people Surrender to Sin in their 40s to 60s but the book contains very little that has not been repeated many times before and The Last Snowfall Stand Tall #2 is not already well known to a large proportion of the readership Again I suspect the problem here Forbidden Mate Holland Brothers #4 is that the missing new material was Forbidden Mate Holland Brothers #4 in the popular How To Enjoy A Scandal interviews Lesbian Juices Rival Cheerleaders Soaking in Secret in the Radio Series That said Serena it Santa In Montana Calder Saga #11 is always entertaining to be reminded that the guitarist on 60s hit Telstar was George Bellamy father of Muse s MattOne of the pleasures of listening to Maconie Wanting What You Get is his The Earth Will Shake iconoclastic view the world Here he seems to adopt some boringly currently trendy views Prog was actually uite good thoroughly sound position Live Aid Whispering Bones is rubbished to an extent as Rebel Cowboy Big Sky Cowboys #1 ineffective mainly serving to promote the careers of washed up rock stars and amazingly being responsible for the birth of celebrity culture and middle class music festivals Gosh and I Thought Growing Pains it was a bloke trying todo some good after being shocked by a catastrophe Oasis rather than being musical magpies who produced two stonkingly good albums and little else of note were 1 Night Stand in fact single handedly responsible for the downfall of decent society and the growth of lad culture While giving views with which one can disagree could actually be one of the pleasures of the book lazy The Penalty Box inaccuracies are less ambivalent In the second chapter there Bad Boys On Board is the stunningly crassly Recipes from Together for Christmas inaccurate description of the ueen of Tonga as being from the Caribbean He also uotes Jon Savage linking Nick Hornby with laddishness Anyone who has actually read Fever Pitch knows that while The Savior it could be accused of contributing to football becoming middle class The Dragon Who Loved Me it Silence of the Lamps Caprice De Luca Mystery #5 is very definitely anti ladIn summary while this book has Rio its faults The Reluctant Matchmaker it Plum Pudding Murder is very readable and reading Ripper it really made me wish I d heard the radio series So a reuest to the BBC My Favorite Countess if To Have and to Hold issues with rights allow All the Pretty Dead Girls it can we have a download or a CD box set please

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download Æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ä Stuart Maconie Stuart Maconie Ä 7 read & download read The People's Songs The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records 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 manic energy The People s Songs The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records would probably appeal most to those people who know very little about pop music I came to it as both a music addict and a music book addict and discovered very little that was new to me That said I really enjoyed the trip down memory lane The People s Songs The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records is essentially music as social history 50 essays about 50 records Sometimes the song under discussion barely warrants a mention and is of a springboard for a broader discussion The topics include subjects like mass tourism racism folk devils and moral panics football etc The songs start with Vera Lynn s We ll Meet Again and end with Dizzee Rascal s Bonkers with a final 50th tacked on chapter voted for by the public which covers Slade s Merry Xmas Everybody and Xmas songs generally Towards the end of the book the concept began to pall and I wonder if even author Stuart Maconie began to have second thoughts about the concept Overall though I am very glad I finally read this book A splendid blend of music history and social history and whilst the actual selections might not always be the most obvious the broad coverage of the period c1940 2012 is very good and packs a lot in 45


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    read The People's Songs The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records E–pub/E–book (The People's Songs The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records) download Æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ä Stuart Maconie 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 und

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    E–pub/E–book (The People's Songs The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records) Stuart Maconie Ä 7 read & download 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 effort to do research He doesn't give any new insights into modern Brita

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  • Hardcover
  • 420
  • The People's Songs The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records
  • Stuart Maconie
  • English
  • 10 April 2018
  • 9780091933791