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Liverpool: Wondrous Place - Music from Cavern to Cream [Hardcover]

Paul Du Noyer
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5 Sep 2002
Even before it gave us the Beatles, Liverpool produced the first true rock'n'roll star to be born outside America, Billy Fury. There has been a stream of star names ever since - from the Merseybeat time of the Beatles, Cilla Black and the Searchers to Echo and the Bunnymen, Elvis Costello, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The La's, The Lightning Seeds and Atomic Kitten. Liverpool even rules the dance floor through its very own super-club, Cream. This is a look at how one city became central in the history of music. The book looks at its full range of cultural influences, from Bill Shankly and the Liverpool/Everton divide to poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Roger McGough, comedians including Jimmy Tarbuck and Alexei Sayle, "Shirley Valentine" and "The Boys From The Black Stuff", the Toxteth riots and the Hillsborough disaster. Despite the backdrop of economic decline, Liverpool has never lost its creative energy. Paul Du Noyer explores the very roots of Scouse culture, from its deep links with America and the overwhelming Irish influence, to the manic compulsion to overcome hardship be treating life as one long Saturday night. He explains the rise of the Beatles in the light of the city that made them, and examines the legacy they left to their home town.

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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (5 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852279834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852279837
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 15.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Du Noyer's newest book is the biography of Deaf School, the influential art-rock band formed 40 years ago in Liverpool. Paul's writing career began on Britain's legendary music weekly the New Musical Express. He later joined the launch team of Q magazine, becoming its editor in the early 1990s. He was then the founding editor of Mojo magazine and later worked on the launches of Heat and The Word. Along the way his interviewees have ranged from Paul McCartney to Pavarotti, and Madonna to David Bowie. His first full-length book was We All Shine On, a study of John Lennon's solo years, later re-published as Working Class Hero. It was followed by Wondrous Place, about the popular music of his home town Liverpool. More recently there has been In The City: A Celebration Of London Music. All three have appeared in various updated editions, and the latter two books are now available on Kindle. Du Noyer has edited, or been a contributor or consultant, on many other titles besides. You can find a full account of his work at

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'Du Noyer's erudition and lightness of touch is a reward in itself ... An essential addition to the shelves of every serious rock fan' -- Mojo, October 2002

'This wonderfully thoughtful and entertaining book ... Du Noyer is an inspiring guide' -- Sunday Times, 29 September 2002

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Du Noyer's superb fully updated musical history of the 2008 Capital of Culture --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for a Great City 30 July 2009
By H. meiehofer VINE VOICE
This is a biography of the city of Liverpool through the music of the last five decades. It has been one of the most important cities in the world of popular music.

There is the obvious stuff of course, but Du Noyer shows how this town has never really let up and has moved through a variety of different "scenes" right up to the present day. It has produced many of the world's best bands.

The book sets the musical output in its social and political context demonstrating how the unique circumstances of the city have given rise to this unique output.

The story is written in a convincing, entertaining and engaging manner, reflecting what is attractive about the city itself. It's a great story and one well worth reading.
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You don't have to be from Liverpool to enjoy this book, it gets to grips with the city in a way that anybody can understand and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 10 Dec 2002
A great read! About time someone wrote this book!
Really is a lively and honest description about the City of Liverpool and the amazing wealth of talent to emerge ...its astonishing just how many musical talents have come out of the city... Paul really tells the story, in an easy read....wish there was a CD of music to go with that would be something else! Pick up this book for any music fan and check out all the Liverpool music! Wonderful!
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