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Strap yourself in for a magical musical ride to the very core of England's rock 'n' roll heritage. Bulging with stories, facts and anecdotes and crammed with rare archive photographs, Never Mind the Bollards showcases English rock and pop music's biggest stars and wildest characters, visiting the places where these musical heroes grew up and hung out. The book focuses on t Strap yourself in for a magical musical ride to the very core of England's rock 'n' roll heritage. Bulging with stories, facts and anecdotes and crammed with rare archive photographs, Never Mind the Bollards showcases English rock and pop music's biggest stars and wildest characters, visiting the places where these musical heroes grew up and hung out. The book focuses on the enduring heroes and legends of English rock and pop music from The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, to the Smiths, Blur and Oasis as well as some of England's unsung heroes. It delves into the stories behind the songs and visits the places that have inspired a million song lyrics: from Waterloo Bridge to Penny Lane, Primrose Hill to Solsbury Hill and Billericay to Totnes. From Battersea Power Station to Dungeness, this book tours the locations where the famous and not-so-famous album sleeves were shot and discovers the locations where some of the best pop videos were filmed. In addition there are quirky stories throughout from informative to scandalous and humorous; themed playlists from anti-Thatcher tracks to songs that evoke the seasons and it also encourages readers to recreate their own album cover with partners, friends and a camera phone. * Rock history told through landmark locations * Traces the development of each musical scene and genre * Showcases English rock and pop music's stars and characters * Presents momentous gigs and places where these musical heroes grew up and hung out * Crammed with stories, facts, anecdotes and photographs


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Strap yourself in for a magical musical ride to the very core of England's rock 'n' roll heritage. Bulging with stories, facts and anecdotes and crammed with rare archive photographs, Never Mind the Bollards showcases English rock and pop music's biggest stars and wildest characters, visiting the places where these musical heroes grew up and hung out. The book focuses on t Strap yourself in for a magical musical ride to the very core of England's rock 'n' roll heritage. Bulging with stories, facts and anecdotes and crammed with rare archive photographs, Never Mind the Bollards showcases English rock and pop music's biggest stars and wildest characters, visiting the places where these musical heroes grew up and hung out. The book focuses on the enduring heroes and legends of English rock and pop music from The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, to the Smiths, Blur and Oasis as well as some of England's unsung heroes. It delves into the stories behind the songs and visits the places that have inspired a million song lyrics: from Waterloo Bridge to Penny Lane, Primrose Hill to Solsbury Hill and Billericay to Totnes. From Battersea Power Station to Dungeness, this book tours the locations where the famous and not-so-famous album sleeves were shot and discovers the locations where some of the best pop videos were filmed. In addition there are quirky stories throughout from informative to scandalous and humorous; themed playlists from anti-Thatcher tracks to songs that evoke the seasons and it also encourages readers to recreate their own album cover with partners, friends and a camera phone. * Rock history told through landmark locations * Traces the development of each musical scene and genre * Showcases English rock and pop music's stars and characters * Presents momentous gigs and places where these musical heroes grew up and hung out * Crammed with stories, facts, anecdotes and photographs

19 review for Never Mind the Bollards: Full-colour book to England's rock & pop landmarks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This is a book for dipping in and out of in short doses, and as such is ideal to have sitting in the bathroom for when you've nothing better to do. It's not long before you're struck by the heritage of The Beatles and The Stones in UK rock history, or maybe it's just that so much has been recorded about these two bands that trivia about them is more plentiful and thus more available than most. At times, I found myself wondering how much of this book could have been written without Google, and so This is a book for dipping in and out of in short doses, and as such is ideal to have sitting in the bathroom for when you've nothing better to do. It's not long before you're struck by the heritage of The Beatles and The Stones in UK rock history, or maybe it's just that so much has been recorded about these two bands that trivia about them is more plentiful and thus more available than most. At times, I found myself wondering how much of this book could have been written without Google, and some of the themes become repetitive, such as the constant listing of music festivals as the geography of the book demands. Still, the author manages to maintain a tone and style that pulls you along, and captures some off-the-wall facts that you'd probably never discover anywhere else. Sometimes the line between trivia and lame jokes becomes questionable - did Johnny Cash really pen "Ring of Fire" after a visit to an Indian restaurant, for example, or was it too good an urban legend to resist inclusion, regardless of veracity? This collection must have taken a good deal of research and it probably pays not to think too long about just how much. I think it would be a good thing to have the book as a sort of wikki-blog that people could place their own additions to. Mine would be to highlight the Kah Poo Chinese takeaway in Kilmarnock that Angus Young of AC/DC stated was the best Chinese in the world. It might be difficult to verify the entries, but then I'd like to ask Johnny Cash about his ring of fire. Or maybe not. Sometimes, as Paul Weller wrote after vomiting a takeaway into a litter bin outside a Woolworths in Pontefract, "That's Entertainment" - just like this book is.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vitra Pasaribu

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marc

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kev Neylon

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nigel Smith

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liz

  8. 4 out of 5

    John Martin

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Martin

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nick Bollard

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mike Woodward

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hollowaxis

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marcroman

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Detroit

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mr Barry Holmes

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Smith

  18. 5 out of 5

    David Macleod

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

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