A Fabulous Creation: How the LP Saved Our Lives (Paperback)David Hepworth (author)
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One of our most insightful music journalists tracks the golden age of the long player from the sonic experimentalism of Sgt Pepper to the all-conquering commercial behemoth that was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Conversational, perceptive and witty, A Fabulous Creation sings with passion and authority about the joys of the great rock album.
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.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 275 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 127 mm
'Full of sharp critical assessments and droll digressions ... warm and wonderfully readable.' - Q Magazine
'His best yet.' - Danny Baker
'Hepworth's knowledge and understanding of rock history is prodigious...he throws terrific little facts around like confetti...And his pungently sarcastic asides are priceless... Hugely entertaining.' - The Sunday Times
'When reviewers say a book feels twice as long as it actually is, they are not usually being complimentary. In the case of David Hepworth's paean to the age of vinyl, A Fabulous Creation, I really have come to praise him. It's years since I came across a chronicle of the pop life containing so many arresting anecdotes that I found myself going back over pages to savour every line, every insight.' - The Times
'Well researched and passionately written.' - The Afterword
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