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The Last Party - Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock (Paperback, New ed) Loot Price: R271
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The Last Party - Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock (Paperback, New ed): John Harris

The Last Party - Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock (Paperback, New ed)

John Harris

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'The loveliest - and certainly the most human - book about pop music I've ever read ... A delightful and humane soap opera, a real page-turner, full of rounded and entirely recognisable characters.' Jon Ronson, Daily Telegraph THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF BRITPOP - BLUR, OASIS, ELASTICA, SUEDE & TONY BLAIR Beginning in 1994 and closing in the first months of 1998, the UK passed through a cultural moment as distinct and as celebrated as any since the war. Founded on rock music, celebrity, boom-time economics and fleeting political optimism - this was 'Cool Britannia'. Records sold in their millions, a new celebrity elite emerged and Tony Blair's Labour Party found itself, at long last, returned to government. Drawing on interviews from all the major bands - including Oasis, Blur, Elastica and Suede - from music journalists, record executives and those close to government, The Last Party charts the rise and fall of the Britpop movement. John Harris was there; and in this gripping new book he argues that the high point of British music's cultural impact also signalled its effective demise - If rock stars were now friends of the government, then how could they continue to matter? Britpop in numbers: *There were an astonishing 2.6 million ticket applications for the Oasis gig at Knebworth in 1996. 1 in 24 of the British public wanted to see them play. In the end the band played to 250,000 fans across two nights with a guest list that ran to 7,000. *'Definitely, Maybe', Oasis's debut album, went straight to No 1, selling 100,000 copies in 4 days and outselling the Three Tenors in second place by a factor of 50% *On its first day in the shops Oasis's second album, 'What's The Story, Morning Glory', was selling at a rate of 2 copies a minute through HMV's London stores. * By 1997 Creation Records (which had been founded 12 years earlier with a bank loan of GBP1,000 by an ex-British Rail Clerk Alan McGee) announced a turnover of GBP36million thanks almost entirely to one band: Oasis.

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Imprint: HarperPerennial
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2004
Authors: John Harris
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 464
Edition: New ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-713473-1
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Music > Western music, periods & styles > 20th century music
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies > Popular culture
Books > Arts & Architecture > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop > General
Books > Music > Contemporary popular music > Rock & pop > General
Books > Music > Western music, periods & styles > 20th century music
LSN: 0-00-713473-8
Barcode: 9780007134731

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