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Never a Dull Moment - David Hepworth (Hardcover)

1971 - the Year That Rock Exploded

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Barcode
9781627793995
Department
Books
Released
7 Jun 2016
Supply Source
USA

Book

Author
David Hepworth
Subtitle
1971 - the Year That Rock Exploded
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Henry Holt & Co
Language
English
Number of Pages
288
Dimensions
235 x 155mm

Annotation

The award-winning BBC presenter for Whistle Test and 1985's Live Aid anchor chronicles 1971 as the decade's busiest, most innovative and resonant year, tracing the musical achievements of such forefront artists as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and many more.

Summary

**One of Amazon's Best Books of 2016: Top 100 Editors' Picks**

A rollicking look at 1971, rock’s golden year, the year that saw the release of the indelible recordings of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Who, Rod Stewart, Carole King, the Rolling Stones, and others and produced more classics than any other year in rock history

The Sixties ended a year late. On New Year’s Eve 1970 Paul McCartney instructed his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court in London that effectively ended the Beatles. You might say this was the last day of the pop era.

1971 started the following day and with it the rock era. The new releases of that hectic year—Don McLean’s “American Pie,” Sly Stone’s “Family Affair,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Joni Mitchell’s “Blue,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven,” the Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” and many others—are the standards of today.

David Hepworth was twenty-one in 1971, and has been writing and broadcasting about music ever since. In this entertaining and provocative book, he argues that 1971 saw an unrepeatable surge of musical creativity, technological innovation, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune that combined to produce music that still crackles with relevance today. There’s a story behind every note of that music. From the electric blue fur coat David Bowie wore when he first arrived in America in February to Bianca’s neckline when she married Mick Jagger in Saint-Tropez in May, from the death of Jim Morrison in Paris in July to the re-emergence of Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden in August, from the soft launch of Carole King’s “Tapestry” in California in February to the sensational arrival of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” in London in November, Hepworth’s forensic sweep takes in all the people, places and events that helped make 1971 rock’s unrepeatable year.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Music
BISAC Subject 1
Music / History & Criticism
BISAC Subject 2
Music / Genres & Styles / Rock
BISAC Subject 3
History / United States / 20th Century
Dewey Classification
780

Author Bio

Hepworth, David: - David Hepworth is a music journalist, writer, and publishing industry analyst who has launched several successful British magazines. He presented the definitive BBC rock music program Whistle Test and anchored the coverage of Live Aid in '85. He has won Editor and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. He is the radio columnist for the Guardian and a media correspondent for the newspaper, and the author of Never a Dull Moment.