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Nothing is Real: The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop by Hepworth, David

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ISBN 9781784164072 – Black Swan – Random House UK 2019 Paperback 256 pp

David Hepworth has been writing, broadcasting and speaking about music and media since the seventies. He was involved in the launch and editing of magazines such as Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word, among many others. He was one of the presenters of the BBC rock music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test and one of the anchors of the corporation?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 lives in London, dividing his time between writing for a variety of newspaper and magazines, speaking at events, broadcasting work, podcasting at www.wordpodcast.co.uk and blogging at www.whatsheonaboutnow.blogspot.co.uk.He says Chuck Berry?s ‘You Never Can Tell? is the best record ever made. ‘This is not an opinion,? he says. ‘It?s a matter of fact.?

In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Hepworth shows 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.

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Pop music?s a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer?But what?s fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. He?s interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, he shows 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 via the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres; with characteristic insight and humour Hepworth asks some essential questions about music and, indeed, 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 years, shows you precisely why.