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Download 1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock's Golden Year eBook ¼ 320 pages Î dogsalonbristol × [Ebook] ➨ 1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock's Golden Year ➧ David Hepworth – A rollicking look at 1971 the busiest most innovative and resonant year of tA rollicking look at 1971 the busiest most innovative and resonant year of the 70s defined by the musical arrival of such stars as David Bowie Pink Floyd Led Zeppelin and Joni MitchellOn New Year's Eve 1970 Paul McCartney told his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court in London effectively ending The Beatles You might say this was the last day of the pop eraThe following day which was a Friday was 1971 You might say this was the first day of the rock era And within the remaining 364 days of this monumental It's maddening to attempt to review a nonfiction musical history when both anecdotes and writing style are top notch yet the premise on which the book is crafted is totally misdirected One can average it out by awarding three stars as I did though it would be tempting to scrawl a big red I for Incomplete across the title pageI've made it known several times in the past that titling a book with a particular year is preposterous because few trends can be summarized in a single year and the attempt to do so leads the author to artificially stuff things into misshapen categories It's certainly wrong with 1170 BC or 1493 and it is wrong in rock music for the year 1971 I also am annoyed when an author uses the phrase golden era to describe any genre of music or art It's all flow and it's all good Hepworth seemed bound and determined to break all my personal taboos in one fell swoopI know it's not just me David Byrne and Elvis Costello in two excellent recent music memoirsanalyses have taken a defensible path In How Music Works Byrne describes an unbroken continuum in music evolution since recorded music began early in the 20th century He adds the important caveat that we should attach particular negative handicaps to music that was released during our adolescent years because the interplay between our adolescent hormones developing neural networks and the music we hear leads us to the incorrect conclusion that the music we heard in teen years was the best ever made It ain't necessarily so Costello in his recent memoir describes how much he appreciates music of all genres and says uite bluntly that there never was a golden age of anythingIt's fine that Hepworth wants to choose a year or period that is often neglected as these are the areas that are richest to mine Pop critics for example agree that 1966 was a far stronger year for rock than the Summer of Love that followed and Hepworth can make a decent case for the importance of 1971 But the most important year of the arena rock era? Why not say 1970 or 1972? Hepworth would rank the importance popularity or critical of certain albums and the seminal years for certain artists but his statistics are fudgedHe's on solid ground when talking about the breakthroughs of Slade Carole King Neil Young or Marvin Gaye I might even grant him the point that David Bowie's real breakthrough was not 1972's Ziggy Stardust but 1971's Hunky Dory After that the math gets fuzzy Pink Floyd's Meddle was in no way the band's turning point insiders discovered the band at Ummagumma or before while the great unwashed didn't jump aboard until Dark Side of the Moon Roxy Music gets deserved mention in the book but the first album by the band did not arrive until 1972 And Led Zeppelin did not have a critical year in 1971 at all it was a transitional year between III and IV and did not signify much in particular for the bandThe insider anecdotes are delightful in this book and Hepworth adds some great social commentary on the difference between British and US rock audiences the rise of the album format for listeners over 18 and how society had reached certain points of no return after the 1960s Hepworth manages to skewer sacred cows as one would expect from a music critic with his extensive background He tells us that Nick Drake did not even have much of a literati audience while he was alive partially because of his own lack of desire to be a star Hepworth avoids genuflecting at the feet of John Peel while at the same time acknowledging when Peel made a call that was basically correct despite being unpopular such as saying that Marc Bolan made a big mistake when moving from a hippie dippie to a protopunk T Rex and that Bolan did not have the reuisite talent to live up to the star reputation he briefly hadAt the same time however readers will find several areas where they will vehemently disagree with Hepworth's conclusions which are presented as matters of fact My own exasperated moment stems from my belief as a teenager that Lee Abrams trend spotter and analyst was one of the most evil commercializing influences in the history of rock music Hepworth is one of the few writers to understand the role of Abrams at all but he credits Abrams with making pop music better with the semi standardization of Album Oriented Rock AOR formats Now I'd be the first to say there were too many spaced out hippie DJs in college radio who exploited free form music selection methods but Abrams' efforts to standardize music simply cannot be seen as a positive influence by anyone who cares about music as art formWe get plenty of hints at what is to come in the remaining years of the 70s when Hepworth adds stories of the 1971 recording sessions for The Modern Lovers' black heart eponymous album or talks of the pre history of The New York Dolls under the name Actress But again this shows the artificiality of using 1971 as a signpost Creative beginnings may have happened in that year but glam rock was still in its infancy and punk rock had yet to be bornHepworth could have retained the interesting format of this book and dispensed with the static presentation by expanding its period from say 1969 to 1975 calling the book Tweenies Rock Between the Psychedelic and Punk Eras That would have ruined his theory that 1971 held some special place in the pantheon of the arena rock era but frankly that theory is baseless in the first place To borrow an image from Heraclitus Hepworth needs to abandon the static mile markers and just go with the flow

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Year the world would hear Don McLean's American Pie The Rolling Stones' Brown Sugar The Who's Baba O'Riley Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven Rod Stewart's Maggie May Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and David Hepworth an ardent music fan and well regarded critic was twenty one in '71 the same age as many of the legendary artists who arrived on the scene Taking us on a tour of the major moments the events and songs of this remarkable year he shows how musicians came together to form the perfect storm of rock and roll g I will admit to having some preconceived biases when it comes to the music of 1971 but David Hepworth does a fabulous job of supporting those biases Hepworth makes the case that this was the year that changed the direction of rock music forever His claims are supported with significant research facts and analysis He also adds information about cultural and political events which enhances his scrutiny I enjoyed the pieces of trivia as well An added bonus was the list of singles andor albums at the end of each month written about At the end of the book Hepworth provides a list entitled 1971 in 100 Albums Since Hepworth is British he included several English fringe bands in his analysis These sections did not really appeal to me However I could overlook these inclusions because he devoted almost an entire chapter to Carole King's Tapestry album Overall this book provides much food for thought and ample topics for discussions between those of us who were fortunate enough to have experienced all of the joy this music brought I highlighted too much of this book to include all of the passages that I enjoyed but here is a sampling All the extra cash that came my way was instantly converted into albums There was simple nothing else that I wanted to spend money on Up to that point most of the people who bought albums had been men Tapestry changed all that and pointed to a future where in order to sell huge numbers of long playing records you had to sell them to women A great deal of the music recorded in 1971 has had an afterlife that none of the people who played it could have predicted Many of the musicians who made those 1971 records are still playing today in bigger venues than ever These records are not just remarkably good and uniuely fresh; they have also enjoyed the benefit of being listened to times than any recorded music in human history

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1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock's Golden YearReatness starting a musical era that would last longer than anyone predicted Those who joined bands to escape things that lasted found themselves in a new age its colossal start being part of the genre's staying power Never a Dull Moment is than a love song to the music of 1971 It's also an homage to the things that inspired art and artists alike From Soul Train to The Godfather hot pants to table tennis Hepworth explores both the music and its landscapes culminating in an epic story of rock and roll's best year David Hepworth's Never A Dull Moment 1971 claims that 1971 was the most important year in rock history While many fans are sentimental about specific years or time spans Hepworth makes the case that no other year has produced so much influential memorable music or generated so many currents that rippled through what came afterLet's begin with a list of some of the albums released in 1971Carole King TapestryThe Allman Brothers Band At Fill EastMarvin Gaye What’s Going OnThe Rolling Stones Sticky FingersLed Zeppelin IVJethro Tull AualungCarly Simon Carly Simon and AnticipationThe Who Who’s NextJohn Prine John PrineThe Beach Boys Surf's UpNitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be UnbrokenBlack Sabbath Masters of RealityNilsson Nilsson SchmilsonThe Doors L A WomanIsaac Hayes ShaftVan Morrison Tupelo HoneyOn that list are some of the best selling albums of all time including work that influenced what would become blues rock heavy metal country rock and folk rock Some of these albums are from established bands; others are by newcomers And it's just the beginningHere are some songs released in 1971 that have stood the test of time although they were not on albums as distinguished as those above Get ready to humNeil Diamond “I Am I Said”Elton John “Tiny Dancer”Jackson Browne Doctor My EyesAmerica Ventura HighwayJohn LennonPlastic Ono Band Power to the PeopleJohn Lennon ImagineDon McLean American PieYes RoundaboutBadfinger Baby Blue and Day After DayRod Stewart Maggie MayAl Green Tired of Being AloneJanis Joplin Me and Bobby McGeeRingo Starr It Don't Come EasyPaul and Linda McCartney Uncle AlbertAdmiral HalseyJames Taylor You've Got a FriendBill Withers Ain't No SunshineThe Jackson 5 Never Can Say GoodbyeSly and The Family Stone Family AffairStevie Wonder If You Really Love MeWhew Those albums and those songs seem like they should be a decade's worth of music but they all arrived in 1971Never A Dull Moment 1971 isn't a book of lists It's a book of stories The stories and personalities blend to create a vivid picture of that year in music Hepworth takes us through 1971 month by month telling about the most important recordings and happenings from each flip of the calendar By examining in detail some of what was going on we see the recordings in a context as rich as the individual records For example Motown was changed forever by the 1971 work of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye Then the first big rock concert staged for a cause was George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh with Bob Dylan Ringo Starr Eric Clapton Badfinger and Leon Russell Rock journalism also took a big step forward as something separate from entertainment journalism with Rolling Stone's The Beach Boys A California Saga cover story about the darker side of the band Mick Jagger got married in a frenzy and Stevie Wonder was introduced to new musical technology All of these events wrap around the music to provide insights into the culture on both sides of the Atlantic Any discussion of rock music in 1971 reuires a balanced view of the British and American scenes and Hepworth handles that masterfully without any obvious bias toward one side of the Atlantic or the otherSome of the smaller moments are the most memorable including juicy bits such as Cat Stevens introducing his then girlfriend Carly Simon to her future husband James Taylor and John Prine's first record deal growing out of a serendipitous late night prowl with Paul Anka1971 was also the beginning of what Hepworth calls heritage rock as the first generation of rock stars attempted to figure out how to look forward and backward at the same time 1971 was the first post Beatles year George and Ringo did the Bangladesh concert while John and Yoko did their thing and Paul and Linda did theirs The Rolling Stones were re tooling but created Sticky Fingers their first record conceived as an album rather than as a song collection The Beach Boys had their distinctive sound but wanted to move beyond songs about girls cars and surfing with Brian Wilson largely sidelined by mental problems Bob Dylan reunited with The Band And Elvis Presley went on tour for the first time in almost fourteen yearsIn addition to the rock veterans some newcomers were making impressive stirrings Kraftwerk The Eagles Roxy Music 1971 also saw the emergence of Alice Cooper Cat Stevens David Bowie and Rod Stewart Think about it That's an amazingly diverse group of artists to be surfacing at the same timeNever A Dull Moment 1971 is an absorbing fascinating thoroughly satisfying romp through twelve months of glorious music dynamic personalities and raucous goings onI can recommend the audiobook version of Never A Dull Moment 1971 narrated by Hepworth himself His British accent with a touch of the Liverpudlian is charming and energetic Hepworth never seems to be reading as he enthusiastically tells the tales of this remarkable yearCross posted in slightly different form on What's Not Wrong?