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Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There

How a Few Skinny Brits with Bad Teeth Rocked America
Narrated by: David Hepworth
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
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The Beatles landing in New York in February 1964 was the opening shot in a cultural revolution nobody predicted. Suddenly the youth of the richest, most powerful nation on earth was trying to emulate the music, manners and the modes of a rainy island that had recently fallen on hard times.

The resulting fusion of American can-do and British f--k-you didn't just lead to rock and roll's most resonant music. It ushered in a golden era when a generation of kids born in ration-card Britain, who had grown up with their nose pressed against the window of America's plenty, were invited to wallow in their big neighbour's largesse.

It deals with a time when everything that was being done - from the Beatles playing Shea Stadium to the Rolling Stones at Altamont, from the Who performing their rock opera at the Metropolitan Opera House to David Bowie touching down in the USA for the first time with a couple of gowns in his luggage - was being done for the very first time.

Rock and roll would never be quite so exciting again.

©2020 David Hepworth (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Another fabulous listen

As usual, David's new book is beautifully paced, funny and occasionally incisive. While he may not tell you any information you haven't heard before (probably from him!), his books are always well reasoned and well researched - he is fabulously well read on his chosen subject. Just as you are beginning to drift along on a haze of nostalgia, he'll make you sit up and take notice with a perceptive piece of reasoning or a brilliant one liner. As generally happens with David's books, he builds to a central thesis in the last half hour. Here, he focuses in on why British bands were so successful in the USA from the early 60s to the early 80s - and why they aren't now. It's all brilliantly entertaining and - as always - wonderfully read by the author.

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Entertaining and informative

At first I thought it was going to be a list of what happened and when, but it was so enjoyable mainly down to the many stories it tells and the pace and humour of the author's reading.