One of the best books about popular music ever written. --Record Collector (5 Stars)
Highly entertainingfull of wisdom and humanity. --Mojo
Clayton's writing makes music his. His book is chiefly concerned to what music does to you, not how music is made or what it says about its creators or what it stands for. It s a good book, if not a flawless one; a book about the difference between sentiment and deep feeling; about escape and facing up; about how the function of music to a certain kind of listener is to map his world, both inside and out. It s in the economic, social and cultural shift that took place during the course of Clayton s post-post-war lifetime from the life of the mines to Jimi Hendrix in a giant step that you get to see the real value and, ultimately, the point of popular music as it was constituted during that period. You begin to get a sense from his story of how taste during that period was more than a fetish of bourgeois individualism; that it was an important tool in the remaking of English society for the better. And no, I m not joking. --Independent On Sunday
About the Author
Ian Clayton is a jobbing writer, story teller and broadcaster. He loves books, films and music. He is a traveller, a collector, a gatherer and is passionate about finding the voice of the common people. He still lives in the town where he was born and lists his hobbies as tap-room conversation and gentle subversion. Amongst other things he is a recognised authority on the life and works of Billie Holiday, has a fondness for the comedy songs of George Formby and aspires to play blues harmonica like Jimmy Reed. His partner of twenty-eight years Heather is a social worker and their son Edward is a budding pianist.