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Is in the sense of the point in time when the most innovative *and influential material within the genre of pop music or beat music which *influential material within the genre of pop music or beat music which suggests as a good catch all covering everything from death metal through hardcore techno to chart pop was made But my own favourite records still lay a good twenty or so ears in the future at that point Nothing is Real is a compendium of essays by the veteran music journalist and publisher David Hepworth some of them taken from his recent BBC3 series some published here for the first time and others culled from the late *LAMENTED WORD MAGAZINE THESE WIDE WORD MAGAZINE THESE WIDE *Word magazine These wide ranging pieces touch on many aspects of the music industry and rock journalism taking in topics like the personality dynamics within groups the difficulties with showing music acts on live television and as per the subtitle why The Beatles might in fact be the most under rated act in music historyAs such Nothing is Real lacks the overarching themes that ran through Hepworth s previous titles 1971 and Uncommon People the rise and fall of the rock star This isn t too much of a drawback because even when he is putting across a contentious view or adopting a wilfully contrarian stance David Hepworth is an entertaining and erudite writerAmong the best essays in Nothing is Real can be found in the first uarter of the book which is devoted to the aforementioned Beatles Hepworth attempts to reclaim the Fab 4 from the chin stroking critics making a spirited case that what was important about The Beatles wasn t their latter innovations and cultural significance but it was the sublime tunes and melodies of their early work Another excellent article is Hepworth s appreciation of the much maligned drummer as being the most important member of any group and also a particularly sharp piece on how the record industry destroys bands by giving them too much time to produce albums there is nothing in media and entertainment that cannot be ruined by money and time there is no better illustration of that principle than A Hard Day s Night Other stand out pieces deal with the perils of making a funeral mixtape or DJing at a wedding why rock stars never say anything interesting during TV interviews and why the real reason Live Aid was such a success was because of the weather rather than Freddie Mercury and ueen and Hepworth should know he was presenting the live TV coverage on the day Nothing is Real is an enjoyable and diverting stopgap while we are waiting for David Hepworth s next major project on music history My favourite line is The drum solo is the auditory euivalent of being unable to find the exit from a multi storey car park. He way he asks some essential uestions about music and about life is it all about the drummer; are band managers misunderstood; and is it appropriate to play ‘Angels’ at funerals As Pope John Paul II said ‘of all the unimportant things football is the most important’ David Hepworth believes the same to be true of music and this selection of his best writing covering the music of last fifty Un monstre dans les céréales years showsou precisely why. And that s all they ve got left to push It s an odd collection of personal thoughts many of which feel like notebook noodling there aren t many record shops around any why I don t like to be asked about music at parties iTunes isn t as good as putting together an old compilation etc of a old man shouting at the kids on his lawn There are a few fairly random top ten lists music trilogies best gigs songs about travelling that ou could find on anyone interested in music s blog and there s little to no deep insight on any of them that that same blogger couldn t do as well or better Overall disappointing and given how much I enjoyed Hepworth as a presenter and journalist doesn t make me want to rush out to get any of his other books The back cover blurb says he s one of the best music writers around a dream author a clever writer and sublime those things may well be true and the holistic praise may be because this is a collection of essays but as a volume the pieces feel very lightweight and thrown together 35 I have to admit I might have given this an extra half star if it wasn t for a sense of having heard or read uite a lot of this book s contents before Anyone who reads Dave Hepworth s blog What is he on about now or listens to the podcast he co hosts with Mark Ellen will be familiar with an awful lot of the arguments he makes in this book that The Beatles were in fact under rated particularly their early work that rock fans attitude towards pop music is arbitrary snobbery and that neither rock nor pop music is much suited to providing a soundtrack to funerals Nonetheless it s a good read and I particularly enjoyed the collection of essays that began life on Radio 3 looking at amongst other things the concept of authenticity in music He notes that while Seasick Steve a jobbing session musician of a certain age who found a level of success in the mid noughties pretending to be a homeless drifterbusker might seem like a very modern form of artifice this is something with a pedigree that goes right back to the early days of the blues when labels sought to play up the outlaw status of their various bluesmen That the authenticity is a part of the artifice There s not much of note on anything that has happened musically since about 1985 in *this book but that might be no bad thing It s a *book but that might be no bad thing It s a reflection of the author s age and personal prejudices at one point he notes that Everyone thinks that the best music was made when they were 15 ears old best music was made when they were 15 Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination years old just happen to be right and I m much inclined to trust his judgment on the best records of that era than for example what were the highlights of the early 1990sAnd maybe he. How it is possible to take music seriously and at the same time not drain the life out of it From the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record shop from top tips for bands starting out to the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres with characteristic insight and humour he explores the highways and byways of this vast multiverse where Nothing Is Real andet it is emphatically and intrinsically so Along ,

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Very entertaining Only 3 star rather than 4 because several filler chapters are just song lists *eg songs to play at wedding and felt like padding I have not read anything *songs to play at Wedding And Felt Like Padding I Have and felt like padding I have read anything David Hepworth before but I uite liked this It is various columns on mostly rock music grouped into themes I really liked the first chapter on The Beales I also like lists of good songs or albums like The Great Accidental Trilogies The Greatest Hot Streak in Pop Kinks and the columns about what to play at weddings and funerals Not everything was great but the interesting bits were well worth it for this uick read My two loves in life are books and music Combine them and I am in literary and musical heaven Nothing is Real by David Hepworth was a brilliant read that collected some of his previous articles Reading his articles I felt envious about his experiences but enjoyed getting to live vicariously through himand I would love to go through his vinyl collectionNothing is Real The Beatles were Underrated and Other Sweeping Statements About Pop by David Hepworth is available now No idea how this only has a 368 rating For articles and essays I enjoy these as much as I do Didion He does the little hook line at the end of each piece but only a few are saccharine and most are meant to be Hepworth has the nack for voicing observations that Lippenbekenntnisse you completely agree with and have never solidified into thoughtourself and does so with a light candid touch while writing about one of the most polorising subjects Chasing McCree Chasing McCree you can throw into a conversation Loved every page of it Incisive and wittily informative as always just too short Terrific set of essays and opinion pieces full of insight wit and knowledge about that wondrous thing called pop music I found myself nodding and sayinges damn right absolutely all the way through which probably says about me than the author but who knows A gem of a writer I ve seen a few complaints about this book being little than a collection of The Word essays strung together I don t have any problem with that having forgotten the few issues I read many Impossible Things years ago I was disappointed at how flimsy the articles were It s a short read I finished it in under two hours and the articles range from a couple of thousand words to a couple of hundred There s a strongfocus seems the wrong word because there really isn t much focus across the whole thing so let s say an emphasis on the 60s and 70s with influences of the blues given a short once over but ultimately it really does feel like to put in musical terms a collection of B sides rarities and oddities the sort of thing record companies will put out when a band is out of contract. Pop music’s a simple pleasure Is it catchy Canou dance to it Do Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan you fancy the singer What’s fascinating about pop is our relationship with it This relationship gets complicated the longer it goes on It’s been going on now for 50earsDavid Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop He’s interested in how people make the stuff and importantly what it means to us In this wide ranging collection of essays he shows.

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