_________ 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.
- A Fabulous Creation: How the LP Saved Our Lives
- David Hepworth
- 17 July 2018 David Hepworth