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Liverpool - Wondrous Place : From the Cavern to the Capital of Culture

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No other city in the world is as well known or loved for its vibrant and definitive musical history as Liverpool. In 2002, Guinness World Records: British Hit Singles voted Liverpool 'World Capital of Pop', recognising that Liverpool's homegrown talent has produced more number one hit singles per capita than anywhere else in the world. In 2008, Liverpool will celebrate its crown as European Capital of Culture. Paul Du Noyer's acclaimed book takes us on a tour of the rich musical history of his hometown, from the world-famous Cavern Club in Mathew Street, host to the Beatles' debut performance in 1961, to the city's musical future with contemporary bands like The Zutons. Featuring interviews with key figures of the music scene, this book reveals the creative impulse behind Britain's most musical city. Find out why Liverpool is not just a place where music happens. The city is the reason music happens.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 132 x 193 x 25mm | 245g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2x8 b/w illustration section
  • 0753512696
  • 9780753512692
  • 639,721

About Paul Du Noyer

Paul Du Noyer was born and raised in Liverpool and has been writing about music for over twenty years. His writing credentials include assistant editor of the NME, editor of Q and founding editor of MOJO. He was on the launch team for Heat and Word magazines and remains associate editor of the latter. His other books include a history of John Lennon's solo years, We All Shine On.show more

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"Superb" -- Stephen Bayley * The Observer * "Masterful" * GQ * "One of the best books ever written about the city" * New Statesman * "A thrilling virtuoso piece of pop scholarship" * Q * "Du Noyer's erudition and lightness of touch is a reward in itself... An essential addition to the shelves of every rock fan" * MOJO *show more

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What makes 'the Pool of Life' so different? Music is the heart of Liverpool. No other city in the world is as well known and loved for its vibrant musical history; nowhere else has produced more number one hit singles per capita. The city's past life as a sin-ridden seaport, raked by disaster has given way to a town obsessed with entertainment, alive with excitement and possibility. Paul Du Noyer takes us on a tour of the rich musical history of this uniquely creative yet notorious city, from the world-famous Cavern Club, host to the Beatles' debut performance, to the city's musical future. Featuring interviews with key figures, this acclaimed book reveals why Liverpool is not just a place where music happens: Liverpool is the reason why the music happens. Paul Du Noyer was born and raised in Liverpool and has been writing about music for over twenty years. His credentials include assistant editor of the NME, editor of Q and founding editor of MOJO. His other books include a history of John Lennon's solo years. 'Masterful' GQ 'One of the best books ever written about the city' New Statesman 'Wonderfully thoughtful and entertaining... Thanks to his gentle erudition, his vivid evocation of the ruined grandeur of the streets and, above all, his thoroughly Liverpudlian sense of humour, Du Noyer is an inspiring guide' Sunday Timesshow more

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"Du Noyer's erudition and lightness of touch is a reward in itself... An essential addition to the shelves of every rock fan"show more

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