NEVER A DULL MOMENT: 1971


NEVER A DULL MOMENT: 1971

DAVID HEPWORTH    Book Number: 87860    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'The Year That Rock Exploded', this was indeed a golden year that saw the release of the indelible recordings of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Who, Rod Stewart, Carole King, The Rolling Stones, Don McLean's American Pie, Sly Stone's Family Affair, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On?, Joni Mitchell's Blue, Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, The Who's Baba O'Riley and many other standards of today. On New Year's Eve 1970, Paul McCartney instructed his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court in London that effectively ended The Beatles. David Hepworth was 21 years old and has been writing and broadcasting about music ever since 1971. He argues that the year saw an unrepeatable surge of musical creativity, technological innovation, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. From the electric-blue fur coat that David Bowie wore when he first arrived in America in January, Bianca's neckline when she married Mick Jagger in San Tropez in May, the death of Jim Morrison in Paris in July, the re-emergence of Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden in August, the soft launch of Carole King's Tapestry in California in February, the chapters move through each month and every picture tells a story. Black and white and colour photos, posters, Melody Maker front pages, singer-songwriters and their lovers, the first Glastonbury Festival in June (blessed by good weather and sparse attendance), and 10,000 arrested or detained during the May Day protests against the Vietnam War in Washington, the largest mass arrests in American history. Plus Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy and Motown, the filming of The Godfather and Julie Christie dancing wildly. Hepworth's magisterial overview notes the rise of the singer-songwriter and the elevation of rock stars into louche aristocrats, the transformation of FM radio to an album orientated rock format and the openness of record labels to new talent and experimental recording techniques. Never a dull moment. 307pp.
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