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READ PDF ⛓ The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records ⚷ These are the songs that have been listened to, laughed to, loved to, and labored to, as well as downed tools and danced to Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have been the soundtracks for changing times, and have just sometimes changed the way listeners feel Beginning with Vera Lynn s We ll Meet Again, a song that reassured a nation parted from their loved ones by the turmoil of war, and culminating with the manic energy of Bonkers, Dizzee Rascal s anthem for the push and rush of the st century inner city, The People s Songs takes a tour of the UK s pop music, and asks what it means to a BritonThe story of modern Britain is told chronologically overchapters, through the records that listened to and loved during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from World War II to the present day This is not a rock critique about thegreatest tracks ever recorded Rather, it is a celebration of songs that tell us something about how Britons have felt about things in their lives down the eras work, war, class, leisure, race, family, drugs, sex, patriotism, and In times of prosperity or poverty, this is the music that inspired haircuts and dance crazes, but also protest and social change The companion to Stuart Maconie s landmark Radioseries, The People s Songs shows the power of cheap pop music, one of Britain s greatest exports These are the songs people have worked to and partied to, and grown up and grown old to from A Whiter Shade of Pale to Rehab, She Loves You to Star Man, and Dedicated Follower of Fashion to Radio Ga Ga The children now love luxury they have bad manners, contempt for authority they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households They no longer rise when elders enter the room They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.Attributed to Socrates by Plato, Republic, Book 4.You can tell The People s Songs isn t a proper history The children now love luxury they have bad manners, contempt for authority they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households They no longer rise when elders enter the room They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.Attributed to Socrates by Plato, Republic, Book 4.You can tell The People s Songs isn t a proper history because there are no acknowledgements, not one, even though Stuart Maconie quotes entire paragraphs from other books there s no bibliography no index And you can tell this isn t a muso critical 50 Greatest British Songs, because even though every chapter is named after a song, he only mentions casually who recorded it and when it was issued The songs are just hooks And there s a liberal sprinkling of turkeys Radio Ga Ga, Another Brick in the Wall, The Ying Tong Song And Je T aime because of all those liquid consonants, breathy fricatives and soft slurred non guttural syllables, even when sayingLike the irresolute waveI go I go and I comeBetween your kidneys What this seems to be, and I ve read it but I m still not 100% sure, is a gallop through British youth movements, interesting personalities like Joe Meek shoots landlady, then self and Morrissey I m not afraid to say that I think Band Aid was diabolical or to say that I think Bob Geldof is a nauseating character and major political events since 1940 in the company of a motormouth who occasionally says surprising things such as a very uncompromising defence of prog yes, Yes but mainly appears not to be pushing any particular line except one which says that British pop culture is always alive, always well, always in your face, and always casually brilliant After all, the British invented so much heavy metal, rave culture, gay pop stars what s that Oh yeah Where else could George Michael, Elton John and Freddie Mercury come from Not to mention Boy George, Holly Johnson from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the Pet Shop Boys The list goes on Not so much for girls though Er where was I I got distracted It s that kind of book.Teds, baggies, crusties, laddism, Northern soul, mods, skins, goths, ZZT, 2 Tone, merseybeat, glam, new romantics, hardcore handbag, dub, bhangra, miners striketoriesFalklandswarpirateradioacidhouselabourlandslideinvasionofiraqecowarriorsfootballohfookinasis he crams it all in and hurtles off to the next song, next chapter, next pivotal moment, next oh just a moment till I catch my breath let me sit down for a mo, I m not as young as the youth movement I was once part of any I m not sure who this book is for but it s pretty good 3.5 stars and Happenings Ten Years Time Ago from me.http www.youtube.com watch v DrTl9p surely the best non hit of the 60s This wonderful book covers seven decades of music, looking at songs that have tracked the changing times of the country It is a people s history of modern Britain, told through shared musical memories and each chapter has an emblematic record Of course, this book accompanies the radio series by Stuart Maconie, and, if you enjoyed that, then you will certainly like this too It is not only a musical history of the country, but also a social history, encompassing many different aspects of our sh This wonderful book covers seven decades of music, looking at songs that have tracked the changing times of the country It is a people s history of modern Britain, told through shared musical memories and each chapter has an emblematic record Of course, this book accompanies the radio series by Stuart Maconie, and, if you enjoyed that, then you will certainly like this too It is not only a musical history of the country, but also a social history, encompassing many different aspects of our shared memories as a nation.The book begins with We ll meet again and ends with hip hop In between, many different musical styles are represented, including skiffle, rock and roll, progressive rock, heavy metal, folk music, disco, Britpop and punk Some songs are truly universally known, such as She Loves You by the Beatles an euphoric beginning to the Sixties Others are of importance for other reasons Move it by Cliff Richard, which kicked off British rock or Rock Island Line by Lonnie Donegan, which started the skiffle boom and caused so many great future artists to form groups all over the country Other songs are truly of their time, and not remembered widely now, unless you were actually around at the moment for example, Dickie Valentine s In a Golden Coach , which was hugely popular during the Coronation in 1953.This is a fascinating account of the times and encompasses diverse events, such as package holidays, education, the home and family life, Thatcherism, Band Aid, talent shows and music festivals It charts not only the history of the country, but that of our music looking at the first singles chart, radio, those whose influence lasted and musical trends From Joe Meek, the Beatles, Bowie, the Bay City Rollers, boy groups to pop divas, musicals and novelty records, all are covered in this celebration of our musical tastes Stuart Maconie writes with humour and intelligence and this is a great read for music lovers This wonderful book covers seven decades of music, looking at songs that have tracked the changing times of the country It is a people s history of modern Britain, told through shared musical memories and each chapter has an emblematic record Of course, this book accompanies the radio series by Stuart Maconie, and, if you enjoyed that, then you will certainly like this too It is not only a musical history of the country, but also a social history, encompassing many different aspects of our sh This wonderful book covers seven decades of music, looking at songs that have tracked the changing times of the country It is a people s history of modern Britain, told through shared musical memories and each chapter has an emblematic record Of course, this book accompanies the radio series by Stuart Maconie, and, if you enjoyed that, then you will certainly like this too It is not only a musical history of the country, but also a social history, encompassing many different aspects of our shared memories as a nation.The book begins with We ll meet again and ends with hip hop In between, many different musical styles are represented, including skiffle, rock and roll, progressive rock, heavy metal, folk music, disco, Britpop and punk Some songs are truly universally known, such as She Loves You by the Beatles an euphoric beginning to the Sixties Others are of importance for other reasons Move it by Cliff Richard, which kicked off British rock or Rock Island Line by Lonnie Donegan, which started the skiffle boom and caused so many great future artists to form groups all over the country Other songs are truly of their time, and not remembered widely now, unless you were actually around at the moment for example, Dickie Valentine s In a Golden Coach , which was hugely popular during the Coronation in 1953.This is a fascinating account of the times and encompasses diverse events, such as package holidays, education, the home and family life, Thatcherism, Band Aid, talent shows and music festivals It charts not only the history of the country, but that of our music looking at the first singles chart, radio, those whose influence lasted and musical trends From Joe Meek, the Beatles, Bowie, the Bay City Rollers, boy groups to pop divas, musicals and novelty records, all are covered in this celebration of our musical tastes Stuart Maconie writes with humour and intelligence and this is a great read for music lovers