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1971 - Never a Dull Moment Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

The '60s 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.

Nineteen seventy-one 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 40 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 audiobook tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rock's golden year.

©2016 David Hepworth (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    Brian 08/08/2016
    Brian 08/08/2016

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    "The year nostalgia started"
    Where does 1971 - Never a Dull Moment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I tend to go for fiction so no comparison


    What did you like best about this story?

    Obvs.not a story but I liked ed how Hepwrth took it from what was clearly a bumper year for lps to seeing it as the year that rock started appealing to a different demographic than the single buyer and the fuse was lit on the current rock landscape.


    What aspect of David Hepworth’s performance might you have changed?

    He was a bit slurry (run it at 0.75 speed for the pub bore version) and a bit rushed but generally good.


    Any additional comments?

    The USA referenced elements were thinner interms of cultural resonance but still interesting and there's a bit of a sniffy "they would never be this good, again" element to reinforce the point but it's a good listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Colin WATFORD, United Kingdom 14/09/2016
    Colin WATFORD, United Kingdom 14/09/2016 Member Since 2007
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    "An Amazing Era..."

    I’ll admit I approached this title with more than a bit of bias, as 1971 was big year for me personally. I was 16, and was facing my last term in a school I loved, before setting off into the wide world of working for a living (University not being an option for ‘the likes of us’ as my old Mum said)

    My first job was as a darkroom assistant on a local newspaper. This consisted mainly of spending the best part of my day in a dimly-lit darkroom filled with the odour of developer, stop-bath and fixative. My only company all day was the radio, which was permanently tuned to Radio 1, and which played the same 20 records (the dreaded BBC playlist) every 2 hours, all day long.

    I suppose all 16yr-olds consider the music of their adolescence more profound than anyone else’s, and I was certainly no different. But David Hepworth’s excellent book has actually got me believing I was right. So many landmark albums released, so many new artists discovered (most of whom are still with us today) and songs that were a benchmark of their time. We had ‘Tapestry’ by Carole King, ‘After The Goldrush’ by Neil Young, ‘Madman Across the Water’ by Elton John, ‘Who’s Next’ by The Who, ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ by Rod Stewart, and many, many more. And all the while, the career of a Mr David Bowie gains momentum…

    This book has been a real joy to listen to, being both a reminder of the music itself but also a glimpse into the back stories of how the songs were made.

    If I were to make one minor gripe it would be that author David Hepworth seems to have forgotten he’s narrating an audiobook (in which he’s talking to just one person) and instead he has a tendency to project as if he’s addressing a conference room full of people, which often verges on shouting.

    That aside, this is an excellent title and a must for any music lover, but especially those who were 16 in 1971. Now, where’s my turntable?....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Menashy Bushey, London United Kingdom 09/12/2016
    D. Menashy Bushey, London United Kingdom 09/12/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Fab, just fab..."

    Born in 1956 I was just a bit too young for 1971. I "got" music in 1973 I reckon and spent the next few years on rewind to catch-up and get in synch with the zeitgeist. I remember soon discovering the wonderful artists and albums so lovingly featured here; truly they were special because 45 years later their legacy and legend still looms large. I won't list them out here as you will delight upon encountering them as you go...

    A wonderfully evocative audiobook that I just didn't want to end. David Hepworth really gets into the heart and soul of the music and he understands that unknowable special quality that is beyond definition yet adds a certain sprinkle of magic to the greatest albums. The early '70s experience of listening to and "being into" music was very different to today's and I for one was several times transported back in time by this evocative audiobook.

    Unlike a few other reviewers I felt the narration was perfect; clear and perfectly enunciated.

    I even found myself on YouTube looking up a couple of artists that passed me by in the '70s - Big Star anyone? The joy of discovery, which permeated that era, is lovingly rekindled here.

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    Kieron Matthews London 11/10/2016
    Kieron Matthews London 11/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor sound quality and voice over"
    What disappointed you about 1971 - Never a Dull Moment?

    Been waiting to hear this for ages but the sound quality is very poor and sadly David Hepworth needs to pass on the narration skills. He regularly sounds like he was losing his breath and it put me off. The book (and spotify list) is great, so I'll accept that not all audibles are great and buy the book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Hepworth’s performances?

    Afraid not, I'll stick to his written work, which I love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. John Haslam UK. 29/08/2016
    Mr. John Haslam UK. 29/08/2016 Member Since 2014

    John Haslam

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    "Great book irritating audio"
    What made the experience of listening to 1971 - Never a Dull Moment the most enjoyable?

    I bet the book is great, just up my alley. But the author on this audio version has a really irritating voice, stopped listening to it after a while. I may buy the book because the premise of it fabulous. Sorry David Hepworth, I do love your journalist writings.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CTC 23/08/2016
    CTC 23/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "1971-never a dull book"

    Excellent book from David Hepworth who also reads it. Hepworth makes a compelling case for 1971 bring the greatest year ago n rock history and I for one agree. I especially loved the playlist for each month

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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