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Hit Factories : A Journey Through the Industrial Cities of British Pop

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After discovering a derelict record plant on the edge of a northern English city, and hearing that it was once visited by David Bowie, Karl Whitney embarks upon a journey to explore the industrial cities of British pop music.

Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Glasgow, Belfast, Birmingham, Coventry, Bristol: at various points in the past these cities have all had distinctive and highly identifiable sounds. But how did this happen? What circumstances enabled those sounds to emerge? How did each particular city - its history, its physical form, its accent - influence its music? How were these cities and their music different from each other? And what did they have in common?

Hit Factories tells the story of British pop through the cities that shaped it, tracking down the places where music was performed, recorded and sold, and the people - the performers, entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers and fans - who made it all happen. From the venues and recording studios that occupied disused cinemas, churches and abandoned factories to the terraced houses and back rooms of pubs where bands first rehearsed, the terrain of British pop can be retraced with a map in hand and a head filled with music and its many myths.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 34mm | 540g
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1474607403
  • 9781474607407
  • 430,642

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The book's a joy. I wanted to move to Hull while reading that chapter and - almost - wanted to listen to Black Sabbath for the first time since 1974 . . . I love the way Whitney makes such creative use of a good walk and I admire the way he makes the people who created the music we love seem like such nice, bright men and women -- Roddy Doyle
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About Karl Whitney

Karl Whitney is a writer from Dublin. He has written about music, cities and literature for the Guardian, the Irish Times and the London Review of Books. In 2013 he received the John Heygate Award for travel writing. His first book, Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin, was a Guardian book of the week.

Twitter: @karlwhitney
Website: www.karlwhitney.ie
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