1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year (Hardback)
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1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year (Hardback)

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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.

"Hepworth's guide to 1971 proves a thoroughly provoking delight" - Daily Telegraph

"His lack of objectivity doesn’t make the book any less of a treat to read, as Hepworth marries his innocent teenage joy with four decades as a popcritic - frequently an acerbic one" The Guardian

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780593074862
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 676 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"David Hepworth's argument is simple: 1971 was "the most febrile and creative time in the entire history of popular music". It's an enormous assertion but he makes his point with infectious enthusiasm . . . Whether you agree is beside the point. This is a compelling love letter to a year of timeless music." * Q *
"A clever and entertaining book . . . Hepworth proves a refreshingly independent thinker. His style is pithy and his eye for anecdotal detail sharp . . . a thoroughly provoking delight" * Daily Telegraph *
"This is no `my generation is cooler than yours' nostalgia trip. Just as movements in art, jazz or TV undeniably had Golden Ages then so too with the long-playing record and its seismic effect on subsequent generations. David Hepworth's forensic sweep of this astonishing twelve months is thoroughly absorbing and appropriately rollicking, expertly guiding us through one miraculous year in all its breathless tumble of creation." -- Danny Baker
"A good mix of entertainment, insight and odd facts. Hepworth's thesis is largely convincing" * Mojo *
"An engaging and thought-provoking read. It's a dry-eyed but deeply felt love note to the date when rock was still busy inventing itself. Hepworth points out more than once that at the time he had no idea how lucky he hwas. He knows now - and so do we" * Mail on Sunday *
"Soon every post-war year will have its own tombstone book, but this is already one of the best" * GQ, Editor's Hit List *
"Near the beginning, Hepworth argues that 1971 saw the pop era giving way to rock. Even so, his own approach is much more like the best pop: never taking itself too seriously, essentially out to entertain - but also an awful lot smarter than its absence of solemnity might lead you to think." * Spectator *
"Fond, funny, beautifully written and fizzing with sharp and sweeping theories that instantly feel like facts." -- Mark Ellen
"Scientifically unprovable but entertaining, illuminating and lipsmacking . . . a mighty fine and convincing read" * Classic Rock *
"There's a bit of a fashion at the moment for books focussing on a particular year and David Hepworth's 1971 is one of the best" * Choice *

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“Notalways factually correct”

I was very excited about reading this book and I was well aware of David Hepworth's reputation as a tough critic. However, I found throughout the read, he seemed incredibly critical of every artist within this... More

Hardback edition
19th May 2016
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“Never A Dull Moment”

A history of the music of 1971 - the year rock music exploded into the mainstream. David Hepworth provides a fascinating insight into the bands, artists and albums of the year.
I really enjoyed this book. Reading... More

“Blast From The Past”

What a great read this is! A must for anyone old enough to remember all the fab music which was the hallmark of the 70's. For those interested in the rock scene of that decade, or indeed modern social history,... More

Hardback edition
31st May 2016
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