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On New Year's Eve, 1970, Paul McCartney told his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court in London, effectively ending The Beatles. You might say this was the last day of the pop era.
The following day, which was a Friday, was 1971. You might say this was the first day of the rock era. And within the remaining 364 days of this monumental year, the world would hear Don McLean's "American Pie", The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar", The Who's "Baba O'Riley", Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven", Rod Stewart's "Maggie May", Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", and more.
David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and a well-regarded critic, was 21 in '71, the same age as many of the legendary artists who arrived on the scene. Taking us on a tour of the major moments, the events and songs of this remarkable year, he shows how musicians came together to form the perfect storm of rock and roll greatness, starting a musical era that would last longer than anyone predicted. Those who joined bands to escape things that lasted found themselves in a new age, its colossal start being part of the genre's staying power.
Never a Dull Moment is more than a love song to the music of 1971. It's also an homage to the things that inspired art and artists alike. From Soul Train to The Godfather, hot pants to table tennis, Hepworth explores both the music and its landscapes, culminating in an epic story of rock and roll's best year.
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By Amazon Customer on 07-30-16
A blast from the past
Very enjoyable for someone like me who was there in 1971. I especially like all the political and cultural context filled in. The author is a bit cynical, but then I suppose some of it is justified. But very enjoyable and interesting, and well read by the author.
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By Ronald on 08-02-17
A great idea, and well executed.
What a wonderful reminder of the incredible music that was produced at this time in history! David Hepworth put together a great mixture of context, anecdotes, analysis and enthusiasm for this book. The framework is a month-by-month walk through of the album releases and other events taking place in- and outside the music world. But it is much more than just a timeline or cataloging of what happened. Hepworth also makes it clear that this was a very special time in music history. All of the stars were in their 20's. The music the produced is still played regularly today.
Hepworth does a great job at narration. I think non-fiction is usually best narrated by the author, and this is no exception. No one else can give it the feel that is sometimes necessary to keep your attention where there is no plot. Hepworth does so with enthusiasm.
My only small criticism is that he seems to have favorites. David Bowie nearly walks on water, whereas Neil Young sinks on feet of clay. Maybe he knows what he's talking about, but it comes off as a little uneven.
Definitely a worthwhile book, especially if you were around at the time and want a reminder of how wonderful it really, really was.
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