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Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Hardcover): David Hepworth Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Hardcover)
David Hepworth 1
R354 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R65 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Pop music's a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer? What's fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. This relationship gets more complicated the longer it goes on. It's been going on now for 50 years. David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. He's interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this collection of essays written throughout his career, Hepworth shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it. From the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record shop, from top tips for bands starting out to the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres, with characteristic insight and humour, he explores the highways and byways of this vast multiverse where Nothing Is Real and yet it is, emphatically and intrinsically so. Along the way he asks some essential questions about music and about life: is it all about the drummer; are band managers misunderstood; and is it appropriate to play `Angels' at funerals? As Pope John Paul II said `of all the unimportant things, football is the most important'. David Hepworth believes the same to be true of music and this selection of his best writing, covering the music of last fifty years, shows you precisely why.

A Fabulous Creation - How the LP Saved Our Lives (Hardcover): David Hepworth A Fabulous Creation - How the LP Saved Our Lives (Hardcover)
David Hepworth 1
R474 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R95 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

_________ `Hepworth's knowledge and understanding of rock history is prodigious ... [a] hugely entertaining study of the LP's golden age' The Times _________ The era of the LP began in 1967, with `Sgt Pepper'; The Beatles didn't just collect together a bunch of songs, they Made An Album. Henceforth, everybody else wanted to Make An Album. The end came only fifteen years later, coinciding with the release of Michael Jackson's `Thriller'. By then the Walkman had taken music out of the home and into the streets and the record business had begun trying to reverse-engineer the creative process in order to make big money. Nobody would play music or listen to it in quite the same way ever again. It was a short but transformative time. Musicians became `artists' and we, the people, patrons of the arts. The LP itself had been a mark of sophistication, a measure of wealth, an instrument of education, a poster saying things you dare not say yourself, a means of attracting the opposite sex, and, for many, the single most desirable object in their lives. This is the story of that time; it takes us from recording studios where musicians were doing things that had never been done before to the sparsely furnished apartments where their efforts would be received like visitations from a higher power. This is the story of how LPs saved our lives.

Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Paperback): David Hepworth Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Paperback)
David Hepworth 1
R195 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R41 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Pop music's a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer? But what's fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. He's interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this collection of essays written throughout his career, Hepworth shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it. From the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record shop via the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres; with characteristic insight and humour Hepworth asks some essential questions about music and, indeed, life: is it all about the drummer; are band managers misunderstood; and is it appropriate to play `Angels' at funerals? As Pope John Paul II said `of all the unimportant things, football is the most important'. David Hepworth believes the same to be true of music and this selection of his best writing, covering the music of last fifty years, shows you precisely why.

A Fabulous Creation - How the LP Saved Our Lives (Paperback): David Hepworth A Fabulous Creation - How the LP Saved Our Lives (Paperback)
David Hepworth 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The era of the LP began in 1967, with `Sgt Pepper'; The Beatles didn't just collect together a bunch of songs, they Made An Album. Henceforth, everybody else wanted to Make An Album. The end came only fifteen years later, coinciding with the release of Michael Jackson's `Thriller'. By then the Walkman had taken music out of the home and into the streets and the record business had begun trying to reverse-engineer the creative process in order to make big money. Nobody would play music or listen to it in quite the same way ever again. It was a short but transformative time. Musicians became `artists' and we, the people, patrons of the arts. The LP itself had been a mark of sophistication, a measure of wealth, an instrument of education, a poster saying things you dare not say yourself, a means of attracting the opposite sex, and, for many, the single most desirable object in their lives. This is the story of that time; it takes us from recording studios where musicians were doing things that had never been done before to the sparsely furnished apartments where their efforts would be received like visitations from a higher power. This is the story of how LPs saved our lives.

Down Our Streets 2017 - Newcastle's Street Names Explored (Hardcover, 2nd Adapted edition): John Leslie, Jack Leslie Down Our Streets 2017 - Newcastle's Street Names Explored (Hardcover, 2nd Adapted edition)
John Leslie, Jack Leslie; Designed by David Hepworth; Preface by John Grundy; Newcastle Libraries
R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Have you ever wandered along a street and wondered about its history? What was it like in the past? Has anything of interest happened there? There may be some clues in the street name. This book explores over one-hundred major (and some not so major!) streets in central Newcastle upon Tyne. As well as information about likely origins of street names, there are descriptions of events that took place nearby. Generously illustrated with photographs from Newcastle City Library's Local Studies Collection, some of which have never been published before, each section of the book is arranged so that it can be used as a guide for city walks.

Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Paperback): David Hepworth Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Paperback)
David Hepworth 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Pop music's a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer? What's fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. This relationship gets more complicated the longer it goes on. It's been going on now for 50 years. David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. He's interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, he shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it. From the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record shop, from top tips for bands starting out to the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres, with characteristic insight and humour, he explores the highways and byways of this vast multiverse where Nothing Is Real and yet it is, emphatically and intrinsically so. Along the way he asks some essential questions about music and about life: is it all about the drummer; are band managers misunderstood; and is it appropriate to play `Angels' at funerals? As Pope John Paul II said `of all the unimportant things, football is the most important'. David Hepworth believes the same to be true of music and this selection of his best writing, covering the music of last fifty years, shows you precisely why.

Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (Hardcover): David Hepworth Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (Hardcover)
David Hepworth 1
R476 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R95 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As heard on Radcliffe and Maconie, Danny Baker and Simon Mayo `Fascinating from start to finish' Simon Mayo, Radio 2 The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations. What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had. What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn't stay the course. In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more. As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn't just their story. It's ours as well.

Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): David Hepworth Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
David Hepworth; Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies
R518 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R117 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars (Hardcover): David Hepworth Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars (Hardcover)
David Hepworth 1
R543 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R145 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Never a Dull Moment - 1971 the Year That Rock Exploded (Hardcover): David Hepworth Never a Dull Moment - 1971 the Year That Rock Exploded (Hardcover)
David Hepworth
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Never a Dull Moment - 1971 the Year That Rock Exploded (Paperback): David Hepworth Never a Dull Moment - 1971 the Year That Rock Exploded (Paperback)
David Hepworth
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1971 - Never a Dull Moment - Rock's Golden Year (Paperback): David Hepworth 1971 - Never a Dull Moment - Rock's Golden Year (Paperback)
David Hepworth 1
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The Sixties ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. The next day would see the dawning of a new era. 1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more. January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This book tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rock's golden year.

Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): David Hepworth Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of The Rock Stars (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
David Hepworth; Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies
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Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (Paperback): David Hepworth Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (Paperback)
David Hepworth 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Special order

The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations. What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had. What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn't stay the course. In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more. As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn't just their story. It's ours as well.

Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (Paperback): David Hepworth Uncommon People - The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (Paperback)
David Hepworth 1
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As heard on BBC 6 Music with Shaun Keveny, BBC Radio 5 Live and Talk Radio with Eamonn Holmes The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations. What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had. What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn't stay the course. In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more. As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn't just their story. It's ours as well.

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