The People's Songs: The Story Of Modern Britain In 50 Records by Stuart MaconieThe People's Songs: The Story Of Modern Britain In 50 Records by Stuart Maconie

The People's Songs: The Story Of Modern Britain In 50 Records

byStuart Maconie

Paperback | April 22, 2014

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An original book to accompany Stuart Maconie's landmark Radio 2 series: a history of post-war Britain through pop music.
     
These 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.

The story of modern Britain is told chronologically over 50 chapters, through the records that we listened to and loved during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War to the present day. 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 how we have felt about things in our lives down the eras -- work, war, class, leisure, race, family, drugs, sex, patriotism and more. 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.
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 in 6music with Mark Radcliffe as well as weekly show The Freak Z...
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Title:The People's Songs: The Story Of Modern Britain In 50 RecordsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.82 × 4.92 × 1.2 inPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0091933803

ISBN - 13:9780091933807

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