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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Route; 1st edition (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901927350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901927351
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy Kershaw on 16 Dec. 2011
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Ian Clayton has written not just a masterpiece about music but a beautiful and important work of social history. He writes wonderfully, easily and conversationally about music's capacity to electrify, liberate and expand one's imagination, curiosity and sense of possibility. And no other book I have read captures the companionship of shared musical tastes as this does. Again and again, Bringing It All Back Home made me rush to the record shelves. But almost regardless of subject matter, this is a literary triumph of irrepressible humour, touching humility and downright humanity. At the end of this book, you'll believe Ian Clayton is your best mate. Or you'll really wish he were. Ian Clayton understands!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jon Gilbert on 7 Nov. 2007
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Ian writes in a way that is instantly familiar, within a few pages you'll feel like he's an old friend, and empathise with him through the stories he tells, both happy and sad. This is a book anyone can enjoy, I've bought 3 copies of it as presents so far, one for a Blues obsessed relative, one for my Mum who'll enjoy the stories of Yorkshire life and one for a friend who I just get the feeling will love the writing.

It's rare for a book to appeal on so many levels, music is why the book exists in the first place, but even if you don't like blues, or music in general, you'll find much enjoyment in the other aspects of the book, Yorkshire life, or indeed life in general, friendships, relationships, joy and loss are all dealt with in Ians inimitable style.

I could go on, but suffice to say, buy the book, enjoy it and tell your friends about it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Nash on 18 Jun. 2007
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If you had to plot your life through the music you had heard, or you loved, what would you choose? With beautiful, gritty prose and impeccable musical taste, Ian Clayton takes us on a journey through his life and world, from Featherstone to the States and back again. Humour and humanity glint from every paragraph, together with an extraordinary courage that does not deny the awful times, but has a strong belief in the threads that bind us together, the affection between friends and family, and the music that makes up the soundtrack to our lives.

I challenge you not to be changed or enriched by this beautiful, heart-breaking book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hannula on 12 Feb. 2014
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This book is what you would get if you mixed Steinbeck with stream of consciousness. Awesomeness. The detail is amazing and the stories are so surprising and told in such a comfortable manner that you feel as if you are having a pint with Ian. And you would hardly believe his tales....wow. But, you soon realise we are all capable of such adventures if we only listen and engage life.

I loved the book for it's authenticity, humour, joi de vivre and details. It made me relax and look at life with a smile. I am also running to look back over my Billie Holiday recordings as Ian reminds us that music is best when you think about both the tune and the lyrics. For the anoraks, it also includes a pretty impressive eclectic list of music near the end.

**Do not be put off by the first few pages with plenty of difficult to understand local language**. I am American and found the dialect challenging in the beginning, but you soon come under Ian's storytelling spell and enter his world. This is not a Yorkshire tale. This is a great example of how stories and music connect us to each other and our past.
Could not put it down. The ending will leave a mark on your soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Wilmot on 17 Jan. 2009
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Within a page or two of Ian Claytons book I was back in my childhood listening to our nextdoor neighbour Elsie telling my mother about her husbands diagnosis of diabetesn"Ernies got sugar"she said.A few more pages on and I swear I had my feet under his Grans table waiting for tea.
But this is no whippets and clogs meander of a book,for Ian,as I suppose us all,music creates staging posts in our personal histories to which we can anchor events and mark our maturing.I would love to hear Ians musical autobiography-a song for each year!
The book illustrates a phenomenal breadth and depth of the feel for music and song from his beloved Billie Holliday through Gearge Formby to the Sex Pistols.He seems to take something from each and dismiss nothing.
The book marks a new and vibrant way of writing about twentieth century popular music which connects the reader to the subject through resonance with the readers life.
Ian Clayton is a writer of great style and talent-I am so impressed. David Wilmot,Brandon Creek Norfolk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Jun. 2009
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Bought this to take as holiday reading on a trip to the USA......as a Yorkshire lass felt immediately at home with the writer...... really connected to the people and the places. Having recently seen Bob Dylan, the title grabbed me....and the anecdotes involving so many musicians from my past .... in my area...and further afield ... was totally engaging.....Hendrix buying chips after a failed gig in Ilkley, Sex Pistols at a children's Christmas Party in Huddersfield.....Satchmo in Batley.....wonderful funny stories....taking me from home to many other parts of the world searching for music and musicians.....found myself reading out chunks of the book to my husband as we were driving to Bethel Woods, the site of Woodstock 69. Perfect book to travel with.

Made me consider musicians unknown to me, as a result of which I am now listening to Billie Holiday and Richard Hawley.

Connections right to the end ... as the tragic event mirrored a period in my own life.....

I'll read this book again. Loved it!
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