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As dazzling as the decade they dominated, The Beatles almost single-handedly created pop music as we know it. Today, their songs are cited as seminal influences by stars like Oasis and Blur. Eloquently giving voice to their time, The Beatles quite simply changed the world.
Fully updated to include material from The Beatles Live at the BBC and the Anthology series, this acclaimed book goes back to the heart of The Beatles - their records. Drawing on a unique resource of knowledge and experience to 'read' their 241 tracks - chronologically from their first amateur efforts in 1957 to 'Real Love', their final 'reunion' recording in 1995 - Ian MacDonald has created an engrossing classic of popular criticism in which the extraordinary songs of The Beatles remain a central and continually surprising presence.
Top of the Pops began life as a rebellious teenager, but unfortunately ended up as Grandpa at the disco. After decades as must-see Thursday-night TV, it was overtaken by the realities of a new multi-channel, digital age, was shunted disrespectfully between time-slots and even relegated to BBC2, an irrelevant shadow of its glory days gone by.
But generations of Brits will never forget the pivotal role of TOTP. It brought into our living rooms both unforgettable moments of pop brilliance, and also some of the clumsiest and most amateur performances possible (by artists and presenters alike). A very British institution, TOTP was there through the best and worst of pop times.
Packed with glorious images from rediscovered archives, and drawing on over 60 original interviews with artists and DJs, this book will be an affectionate celebration of the artfulness and absurdities of TOTP, not via a dry chronological history, but by focusing in on 40 highlights - some sublime, some bizarre, many plain daft - that made the show such a unique spectacle. From the pipe-smoking DLT to the narrative dance routines of Pan's People, from David Bowie to Clive Dunn, from the rebels who refused to mime for the cameras to the audience members who dressed up for them, TOTP really mattered to children of the seventies, and this book will be irresistible to them.
Music: Facts and Trivia is the book you've been looking for. A massive compendium of intriguing, unbelievable, absurd, surprising and shocking facts from the world of music.
This fun and infromative book is an easy-to-read goldmine - dipping into it will delight music lovers, fact-finders and anyone excited by a passion for miscellany.
In this fascinating collection of archive interviews with the famed lead singer of the Rolling Stones, we hear - in his owns words - about being the voice of his generation. Mick Jagger talks about touring with one of the biggest bands in the world and why he needs to perform. He discusses his favourite Stones songs and is extraordinarily open about some of his personal experiences, which have included drugs and alcohol, prison and being anti-establishment. He is particularly candid about earning money, being the businessman of the Stones and hating awards and ceremonies. In addition, Mick talks about his solo work, the longevity of the Rolling Stones, fatherhood and family, his love of cricket and, ultimately, making music to make you happy. Interviews include: archive radio newsreel, BBC Radio (first broadcast 25 July 1964); The Look of the Week, BBC TV (first broadcast 21 May 1967); 24 Hours, BBC TV (first broadcast 9 October 1970); My Top 12, BBC Radio 1 (first broadcast 8 August 1974); Janice Long, BBC Radio 1 (first broadcast 22 June 1986); Mick Jagger, BBC TV (28 August 1987); Steve Wright, BBC Radio 1 (first broadcast 8 September 1987); Nicky Campbell, BBC Radio 1 (first broadcast 5 September 1989); Simon Bates, BBC Radio 1 (first broadcast 21 November 1992).
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Whether you’re a first-time visitor or an experienced Prommer, plan your summer through the 2015 BBC Proms season with the official Proms Guide. Contains:
· brand-new articles on featured composers, insights on performers, new music and Proms Extra events
· full listings for every concert and event – repertoire, performers, time, location, ticket and broadcast information
· details on how to book tickets
· free season calendar to see all the concerts at a glance.
With beautiful photographs and bespoke imagery throughout, this official Proms Guide is the most comprehensive way to plan your summer’s Proms visiting, watching and listening.
The BBC Proms, celebrating its 120th year in 2015, is the world’s biggest and longest-running classical music festival and features many of the greatest artists and orchestras from the UK and around the world in over 80 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. There are also daily free Proms Extra talks, workshops, performances and family events.
Annie Leibovitz's extraordinary career took off in San Francisco in 1970 when she first submitted a portfolio to Rolling Stone magazine. By 1973 she was the magazine's chief photographer. Since 1983 Annie Leibovitz has worked closely with Vanity Fair, who will be producing a special music issue to coincide with the book.
Her subjects include Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Dolly Parton, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry and even Philip Glass. She has created a body of new work for the book, covering the landscape of American music - the juke joints of the Delta, Graceland, B. B. King at his hometown of Indianola in Mississippi and the Carter family in Virginia.
The book is a tribute to a great culture in its widest form by the photographer who has understood more than anybody the power of the iconic image.