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    DescriptionThese are the songs that we have listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to. Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have sound tracked our changing times, and - just sometimes - changed the way we 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 21st century inner city, The People's Songs takes a tour of our island's pop music, and asks what it means to us. This is not a rock critique about the 50 greatest tracks ever recorded. Rather, it is a celebration of songs that tell us something about a changing Britain during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War to the present day. Here are songs about work, war, class, leisure, race, family, drugs, sex, patriotism and more, recorded 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 Radio 2 series, The People's Songs shows us the power of 'cheap' pop music,- one of Britain's greatest exports. These are the songs we 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', 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion' to 'Radio Ga Ga'.


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    Title
    The People's Songs
    Subtitle
    The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stuart Maconie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 360 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091933807
    ISBN 10: 0091933803
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: AVGP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 540
    BIC subject category V2: AV
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    DC22: 780.92
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25930
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    B&T Approval Code: A08200000, A15202024
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 1DBK
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    DC23: 782.4216409410904
    Thema V1.0: AVLP
    DC22: 782.421640941/09045
    LC classification: ML3492 .M33 2014
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Stuart Maconie is a writer, broadcaster and journalist familiar to millions from his work in print, on radio and on TV. His previous bestsellers have included Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas, and he currently hosts the afternoon show on BBC 6music with Mark Radcliffe as well as weekly show The Freak Zone. Based in the cities of Birmingham and Manchester, he can also often be spotted on top of a mountain in the Lake District with a Thermos flask and individual pork pie.
    Review quote
    "One of the most insightful and purely readable books on pop music I think I have ever encountered" -- Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail "An unequivocal pleasure and highly recommended" -- Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail "The blend of research and conjecture is impressive" -- Will Hodgkinson The Times "Maconie succeeds in being at once elegant and approachable, definititive but also self-deprecating" Guardian "A fine writer: sharp, funny, tender and thoughtful" Spectator