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    • Uncommon People

    • The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994
    • By: David Hepworth
    • Narrated by: David Hepworth
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations. What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had. What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn't stay the course.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bliss

    • By Professor Pat Tissington on 23-11-17

    Regular price: £21.99

    • A Fabulous Creation

    • How the LP Saved Our Lives
    • By: David Hepworth
    • Narrated by: David Hepworth
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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 Album. The end came only 15 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 trying to reverse engineer the creative process in order to make big money. Nobody would play music or listen to it in quite the same way ever again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enthralling

    • By Neil on 30-03-19

    Regular price: £23.99

    • 1971 - Never a Dull Moment

    • Rock's Golden Year
    • By: David Hepworth
    • Narrated by: David Hepworth
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An Amazing Era...

    • By Colin on 14-09-16

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Nothing Is Real

    • The Beatles Were Underrated and Other Sweeping Statements About Pop
    • By: David Hepworth
    • Narrated by: David Hepworth
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    Pop music’s a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer? What’s fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. This relationship gets more complicated the longer it goes on. It’s been going on now for 50 years. David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. He’s interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, he shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More Gold-Dust from Mr Hepworth

    • By Colin on 03-12-18

    Regular price: £19.99