A Fabulous Creation: How the LP Saved Our Lives




      A Fabulous Creation: How the LP Saved Our Lives
_________ Hepworth s knowledge and understanding of rock history is prodigious a hugely entertaining study of the LP s golden age The Times_________The era of the LP began in 1967, with Sgt Pepper The Beatles didn t just collect together a bunch of songs, they Made An Album Henceforth, everybody else wanted to Make An Album.The end came only fifteen years later, coinciding with the release of Michael Jackson s Thriller By then the Walkman had taken music out of the home and into the streets and the record business had begun trying to reverse engineer the creative process in order to make big money Nobody would play music or listen to it in quite the same way ever again.It was a short but transformative time Musicians became artists and we, the people, patrons of the arts The LP itself had been a mark of sophistication, a measure of wealth, an instrument of education, a poster saying things you dare not say yourself, a means of attracting the opposite sex, and, for many, the single most desirable object in their lives.This is the story of that time it takes us from recording studios where musicians were doing things that had never been done before to the sparsely furnished apartments where their efforts would be received like visitations from a higher power This is the story of how LPs saved our lives. Read A Fabulous Creation: How the LP Saved Our Lives By David Hepworth – heartforum.co.uk

David Hepworth is a music journalist, writer, and publishing industry analyst who has launched several successful British magazines, including Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word, among many others He presented the definitive BBC rock music program Whistle Test and anchored the BBC s coverage of Live Aid in 1985 He has won the Editor of the Year and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors He is the radio columnist for the Saturday Guardian and a regular media correspondent for the newspaper.

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  1. Mat Davies says:

    Over the past couple of years, David Hepworth has been cementing his already considerable reputation as a pop music writer and commentator with books that leave you feeling simultaneously inadequate yet brilliantly cleverer for having been in the close proximity of his world This latest book is as much a social history of how our consumption of music has changed thanks to technology and innovation sometimes outside the music business as it is about the glory of the 12 LP.Hepworth is a superb Over the past couple of years, David Hepworth has been cementing his already considerable reputation as a pop music writer and commentator with books that leave you feeling simultaneously inadequate yet brilliantly cleverer for having been in the close proximity of his world This latest book is as much a social history of how our consumption of music has changed thanks to technology and innovation sometimes outside the music business as it is about the glory of the 12 LP.Hepworth is a superb and genial narrator This book is packed with anecdotes that you can use down the pub to look awfully clever rammed to the rafters withfacts than you could shake a shaky tone arm at and curated by someone who you know is approaching their subject with as much love as scholarly application Hepwo...

  2. Simon Reid says:

    In recent years David Hepworth has been pumping out excellent books on classic rock pop in short order this, his fourth, may be the best yet.Here he charts the rise and fall of the long playing pop record as an artistic statement and a cultural force, submitting that the glory years were 1967 1982 Before then, an album was a bunch of songs Afterward, he supposes, technology fragmented the medium and distracted us from it forty minutes of music certainly couldn t command our undivided In recent years David Hepworth has been pumping out excellent books on classic rock pop in short order this, his fourth, may be the best yet.Here he charts the rise and fall of the long playing pop record as an artistic statement and a cultural force, submitting that the glory years were 1967 1982 Before then, an album was a bunch of songs Afterward, he supposes, technology fragmented the medium and distracted us from it forty minutes of music certainly couldn t command our undivided attention any.Part of the pleasure of Hepworth s writing is how unequivocal he is He s as convinced of the central argument here as in 1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock s Golden Year where he insisted that 1971 was the annus mirabilis of the rock album One might quibble with him as I do on The Band s second album being a masterpiece, or Give Em Enough Rope being a waste of everybody s time, but as always, he has the courage of his convictions, and shows hi...

  3. Terje says:

    David Hepworth er en fenomenal forfatter Tematikken er alltid pop og rock gjennom de siste 50 60 rene I den siste boken tar han for seg LP platens historie Selv om forfatteren er 18 r eldre enn meg, kan jeg sterkt relatere meg til det han skriver om Hvordan jeg som ten ring med en nyervervet platespiller lyttet til musikk p en helt annen m te Med platecover og tekstark fikk jeg et veldig n rt forhold til artistene og musikken A Fabulous Creation vier ett kapittel til rene fra 1967 ti David Hepworth er en fenomenal forfatter Tematikken er alltid pop og rock gjennom de siste 50 60 rene I den siste boken tar han for seg LP platens historie Selv om forfatteren er 18 r eldre enn meg, kan jeg sterkt relatere meg til det han skriver om Hvordan jeg som ten ring med en nyervervet platespiller lyttet til musikk p en h...

  4. Jayne Lamb says:

    Even though I m a Gen Xer and LPs were already in their dying years when I was a teen, I still get the melancholy feel of this book but it s a pleasant nostalgia, not a whinge.

  5. Catie says:

    Oh No I may be growing tired of David Hepworth.I usually really enjoy his writing, I quite often don t agree with him but that leads to a rather pleasant argument with him in my own head where he can t talk back.But this one disappointed me somewhat He does talk a lot of bollocks of course, and is over fond of a sweeping statement I know that I m not part of his target audience I m a bit younger and alsoimportantly female Although I was there, I m not part of the gang he conjures, Oh No I may be growing tired of David Hepworth.I usually really enjoy his writing, I quite often don t agree with him but that leads to a rather pleasant argument with him in my own head wher...

  6. Jim Parker says:

    This is the third book of Hepworth s I ve read Each draws on his long career as a music writer and each serves as an affectionate elegy for the rock n roll era and with it the twilight of the baby boom, of which I am a late entry Like the 1971 book and the Pop Stars collection, Hepworth uses the modern history of the long playing record which he traces from Sergeant Pepper in 1967 to Thriller in 1983 to essentially link together a series of anecdotes around historical landmarks like the sh This is the third book of Hepworth s I ve read Each draws on his long career as a music writer and each serves as an affectionate elegy for the rock n roll era and with it the twilight of the baby boom, of which I am a late entry Like the 1971 book and the Pop Stars collection, Hepworth uses the modern history of the long playing record which he traces from Sergeant Pepper in 1967 to Thriller in 1983 to essentially link together a series of anecdotes around historical landmarks like the shift from analog to digital recording or the evolution of the live album.He deftly captures the romance and long lost joy of buying a new record, taking it home for the first time, taking the disc out of the sleeve and listening to it all the way through while devouring every inch of the cover art The contrast with the casual ubiquity and commodification of streamed music today is...

  7. David Evans says:

    I wish I could have had this book given to me in about 1968 so that I would have spent less time listening to the wrong music and buying the wrong records However I only had about 15 20 LPs and later any number of cassettes that I listened to in hard rotation and spent fartime riffling through the racks at Our Price Records than was good for me Actually spending money on an album was agonising you had invested so much in the purchase the thought that it may not be any good after all I wish I could have had this book given to me in about 1968 so that I would have spent less time listening to the wrong music and buying the wrong records However I only had about 15 20 LPs and late...

  8. Jane Griffiths says:

    And now for something completely differentThe LP The album, as It was hipper to call them The golden age, when you walked around with one under your arm, because th e cover would be instantly recognisable to those who mattered, and would mark you out as who you were In the smallish town I spent my formative years in, I walked around for days with Family s Music from a Dolls House under my arm I got a boyfriend because of it I ve still got that album Albums were precious, and the experi And now for something completely differentThe LP The album, as It was hipper to call them The golden age, when you walked around with one under your arm, because th e cover would be instantly recognisable to those who mattered, and would mark you out as who you were In the smallish town I spent my formative years in, I walked around for days with Family s Music from a Dolls House under my arm I got a boyfriend because of it I ve still got that album Albums were precious, and the experience of listening was a communal one We shared music, in those days This is about the albums, and the bands who made them, and the people who made the bands who made them.sound OK enough mostly so you could listen and enjoy without being on the s...

  9. Joe O& says:

    An enthralling and entertaining journey through the golden age of the long playing album, starting with the release of Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 running through to Michael Jackson s Thriller in 1982 Along the way, David Hepworth weaves in themes such as the art of a great album, the rise and fall of the comedy album, the similar trajectories of the music press and cash in live albums, the age of MTV, and the launch of new LP formats like the cassette, the compact disc an An enthralling and entertaining journey through the g...

  10. Andrew Foxley says:

    A Fabulous Creation is a highly enjoyable potted history of the glory days of the LP focusing primarily on the period 1967 to 1983, and the respective releases of Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Michael Jackson s Thriller David Hepworth traces the highs and lows of the era, the successes and failures, and the ways in which the pastime of listening to music was transformed One of my favourite things about Hepworth s writing is his unwillingness to just embrace the tired old tro A Fabulous Creation is a highly enjoyable potted history of the glory days of the LP focusing primarily on the period 1967 to 1983, and the respective releases of Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Michael Jackson s Thriller David Hepworth traces the highs and lows of the era, the successes and failures, and the ways in which the pastime of listening to music was transformed ...

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