[E–pub] A Fabulous Creation by David Hepworth

  • Paperback
  • 368
  • A Fabulous Creation
  • David Hepworth
  • en
  • 03 August 2019
  • 9781787630482

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A Fabulous Creation free read Ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 AlbumThe 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. In recent years David Hepworth has been pumping out excellent books on classic rock pop in short order this his fourth may be the best yetHere he charts the rise and fall of the long playing pop record as an artistic statement and a cultural force submitting that the glory years were 1967 1982 Before then an album was a bunch of songs Afterward he supposes technology fragmented the medium and distracted us from it forty minutes of music certainly couldn t command our undivided attention anyPart of the pleasure of Hepworth s writing is how uneuivocal he is He s as convinced of the central argument here as in 1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock s Golden Year where he insisted that 1971 was the annus mirabilis of the rock album One might uibble with him as I do on The Band s second album being a masterpiece or Give Em Enough Rope being a waste of everybody s time but as always he has the courage of his convictions and shows his working in such an entertaining fashionWe might also disagree with where to draw a line in the sand 1982 Thriller MTV and the ubiuity of the Sony Walkman and here Hepworth does perhaps let stuffy nostalgia for the physical object of the vinyl LP cloud his judgement Even children of the later CD era will have memories much like Hepworth s of gathering an encyclopaedic knowledge of artists they d never yet heard from the pages of Melody Maker or NME of saving up pocket money for a trip to the megastore of setting aside an evening to absorb their favourite singer s latest work and so onWhat s hard to argue with is that by 2019 music s value has vanished It s now rented rather than sought out a huge chunk of everything ever recorded is on tap for a monthly fee that s half the price you paid for your first CD in Woolworth s Songs are typically consumed within playlists Often they re heard through the tinniest of kitchen table speakers which is also recording your every conversation and muttered oath for marketing purposes rather than sitting reverentially in front of hi fi separates puzzling over every lyricHepworth is superb at outlining the forces that brought us to this point He characterises the record execs who mostly did care about the music after all and the tech giants who really didn t The contrast between a teenager strutting about town with an LP under their arm and one privately soundtracking their life with a Walkman or an iPod is teased out neatly There s a particularly fascinating look at how generation after generation men are forever struggling to reconcile the music they really do like with that that they think they ought to like Hepworth s own example is his epiphany that Pink Floyd s Ummagumma was not him and exchanging it for the Fairport Convention s Liege and Lief Hard to fault him there Michael Collins us from it forty minutes of music certainly couldn t command our Loretta Rose undivided attention anyPart of the pleasure of Hepworth s writing is how A Season of Ten Thousand Noses uneuivocal he is He s as convinced of the central argument here as in 1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock s Golden Year where he insisted that 1971 was the annus mirabilis of the rock album One might Silent Thunder uibble with him as I do on The Band s second album being a masterpiece or Give Em Enough Rope being a waste of everybody s time but as always he has the courage of his convictions and shows his working in such an entertaining fashionWe might also disagree with where to draw a line in the sand 1982 Thriller MTV and the Si Dindo Pundido ubiuity of the Sony Walkman and here Hepworth does perhaps let stuffy nostalgia for the physical object of the vinyl LP cloud his judgement Even children of the later CD era will have memories much like Hepworth s of gathering an encyclopaedic knowledge of artists they d never yet heard from the pages of Melody Maker or NME of saving Si Dindo Pundido up pocket money for a trip to the megastore of setting aside an evening to absorb their favourite singer s latest work and so onWhat s hard to argue with is that by 2019 music s value has vanished It s now rented rather than sought out a huge chunk of everything ever recorded is on tap for a monthly fee that s half the price you paid for your first CD in Woolworth s Songs are typically consumed within playlists Often they re heard through the tinniest of kitchen table speakers which is also recording your every conversation and muttered oath for marketing purposes rather than sitting reverentially in front of hi fi separates puzzling over every lyricHepworth is superb at outlining the forces that brought Wizards Tale III us to this point He characterises the record execs who mostly did care about the music after all and the tech giants who really didn t The contrast between a teenager strutting about town with an LP Wizards Tale III under their arm and one privately soundtracking their life with a Walkman or an iPod is teased out neatly There s a particularly fascinating look at how generation after generation men are forever struggling to reconcile the music they really do like with that that they think they ought to like Hepworth s own example is his epiphany that Pink Floyd s Ummagumma was not him and exchanging it for the Fairport Convention s Liege and Lief Hard to fault him there

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A Fabulous Creation free read Ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Rself a means of attracting the opposite sex and for many the single most desirable object in their livesThis 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 live. One of the few high points of 2020 s coronavirus lockdown has been the Word in Your Attic videos on You Tune between David Hepworth his longtime friend collaborator Mark Ellen and a guest just shooting the breeze or in their vernacular taking a trip to bllcks island Hepworth is a laconic northern Eeyore balancing out the Tiggerish southern enthusiasm of Ellen I m slightly too young to have experienced them on Whistle Test and missed their tenure on Smash Hits but they ve been a constant in my life since the days of Mojo and the much missed Word Magazine This is Hepworth s 4th book and this time he focuses his attention on the heyday of the 12 inch vinyl LP a remarkably short period between 1967 s Sgt Pepper and 1982 s ThrillerBetween those two dates he writes a witty yet erudite paean to the sheer romance of playing music which for the period in uestion was as much about saying who you were or wanted to be as anything else The book is also partly a social history of the period by looking at some of the albums released in each year he also charts the transformation of the music business into the the music industry where musicians were much accountable to the men in suits There are insights and belly laughs on every page and the great joy of reading this which I did in less than 24 hours was playing some of the albums he wrote about in their entirety as I was doing so Something I rarely do now since the advent of iTunes and digital streaming Something which has been lost was for a few hours at least conjured back up 2 Dalawa 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 live. One of the few high points of 2020 s coronavirus lockdown has been the Word in Your Attic videos on You Tune between David Hepworth his longtime friend collaborator Mark Ellen and a guest just shooting the breeze or in their vernacular taking a trip to bllcks island Hepworth is a laconic northern Eeyore balancing out the Tiggerish southern enthusiasm of Ellen I m slightly too young to have experienced them on Whistle Test and missed their tenure on Smash Hits but they ve been a constant in my life since the days of Mojo and the much missed Word Magazine This is Hepworth s 4th book and this time he focuses his attention on the heyday of the 12 inch vinyl LP a remarkably short period between 1967 s Sgt Pepper and 1982 s ThrillerBetween those two dates he writes a witty yet erudite paean to the sheer romance of playing music which for the period in Managerial Decision Making uestion was as much about saying who you were or wanted to be as anything else The book is also partly a social history of the period by looking at some of the albums released in each year he also charts the transformation of the music business into the the music industry where musicians were much accountable to the men in suits There are insights and belly laughs on every page and the great joy of reading this which I did in less than 24 hours was playing some of the albums he wrote about in their entirety as I was doing so Something I rarely do now since the advent of iTunes and digital streaming Something which has been lost was for a few hours at least conjured back His Punishment up

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A Fabulous Creation free read Ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Trying to reverse engineer the creative process in order to make big money Nobody would play music or listen to it in uite the same way ever againIt 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 you. Even though I m a Gen Xer and LPs were already in their dying years when I was a teen I still get the melancholy feel of this book but it s a pleasant nostalgia not a whinge