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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Signum Books (Imprint of Flashpoint Media Ltd) (16 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957648103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957648104
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 2 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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"Dust off those hot pants and relive your best Pan s People moves....with this richly illustrated biography." --Yours Magazine

"TOTP s premiere dance troupe were a lot more pioneering than their cosy image suggests.." ----Belfast Telegraph, part of "7 Books You Should Own"

About the Author

Babs Powell (née Lord) is a charity fundraiser and adventurer, and lives in London with her husband, actor Robert Powell. Cherry Dickins (née Gillespie) has worked as an actress and choreographer, and now sits on the board of Dancers Careers Development. Dee Dee Wilde co-founded the Nordorff-Robbins Music Therapy charity, and also founded the Dance Attic studios in London. Ruth Pearson co-managed dance groups Ruby Flipper and Legs and Co, and later worked in local government. Co-author Simon Barnard is a freelance writer and Sony Award-winning radio documentary maker.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PROF DE FRANCAIS on 21 Dec. 2013
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I bought this as a Christmas present for my husband who was an avid watcher of Pan's People back in the sixties ( as was every other man! ). I too liked them and so I read the book before wrapping it up. A good read and lots of interesting little snippets and some lovely photographs. A little bit of nostalgia! To be highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Carmichael on 5 Sept. 2014
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Back in the mid-1960's six strong-willed young dancers were determined to make their mark in an industry mainly dominated by men. The girls worked hard to achieve that goal and, subsequently, became the most famous dance troupe the UK has ever produced. By 1969, Andi Rutheford, Babs Lord, Dee Dee Wilde, Flick Colby, Louise Clarke and Ruth Pearson - known collectively as Pan's People - won the hearts of the nation, performing week after week, on the UK's ultimate music programme, Top of the Pops.

Now, for the first time, fans can read the story behind Pan's People in their new book, Pan's People: Our Story.

Pan's People: Our Story gives a detailed history of the group and is written by group members Babs, Dee Dee, Ruth and Cherry Gillespie with the help of writer Simon Barnard. The book also features contributions from former Pan's People dancers Lorelly Harris and Sue Menhenick.

Each of the girls had achieved a high level of training and had considerable experience before joining Pan's People. But, talent aside, what made Pan's People so unique was their image. Back in those days, all female dancers looked the same - they wore matching outfits and usually wore their hair in a bun but Pan's People broke the mould by wearing skimpy outfits and allowing their long hair to flow freely, which was considered very liberal in those days. In addition to their sex appeal, the group introduced a new kind of dance to British television viewers - a combination of American jazz and modern dance. Pan's People were the first of a kind and inspired many young girls to follow their dreams of becoming ballerinas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jazzsplitz on 13 Feb. 2014
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A glossy look back to our halcyon days when dads and brothers would watch goggled eyed every thursday night at 7.30 on BBC1 to watch these darlings gyrate and strut to the latest chart hits.,and when sisters would fantasise about being one of them.
Packed with some lovely archive photos of the group through theire various incarnations over the years,and some funny anectdotes from the ladies themselves,the book does tend to only brush the surface,and one has the impression that there are many untold stories and encounters that the ladies would rather not divulge to the general public on what really went on in those BBC dressing rooms!They can be forgiven as the book is still a very good look back to a more fun and liberating chapter in television history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Ballantyne on 29 May 2014
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Lots of photos. The story is told chronologically - but in snippets of interviews - so really lacked cohesion or any sense of character. The girls (women?) came across as lovely people - but totally bland and lacking personality - which is a shame. Perhaps one of them should write the real story of what it was like to be in Pan's People - like the great pop autoboigraphies by Tracey Thorn or Morrissey...... Even the bits about the Top of the Tops DJs make out they were all just "lovely blokes" - I'm sure there must be some more interesting stories to be told!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By 6777 on 14 Nov. 2013
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Pans People our story - First of all i would immediately like to report that this book "Pans People our Story" is essential reading for all those who grew up in the late sixties and early seventies or for those who are interested in dance,music and culture from this period when England and London ruled the world in music, fashion, and culture.This book includes some seventy seven black and white photographs featuring at least one of Pans People from the years 1967 to 1976. Many of these photographs will have not been seen before however some photographs have been deliberately reproduced in black and white from the original colour prints while some originate from performance footage from Top of the Pops (TOTP).Perhaps the most revealing is the full page photograph on page 171. At first instant it appears the ladies are exposing more than they should do. In truth its a costume trick. You will have to purchase the book to find out more. At the centre of the book their are some fourteen excellent colour photographs of Pans People from the period 1968 to 1975.Some are publicity shots while some are from performances on television including TOTP,The John Denver Show and The Morecambe and Wise Christmas show.

Although Pans People were formed in 1966 it was their time on TOTP which drew them to the nations attention and hearts.From this book you will learn that essentially there were three versions or line ups of Pans People from this most prolific and famous period. This period in time being the 30th May 1968 when six girls made their first TOTP appearance dancing to US Male by Elvis Presley to the 29th April 1976 when Pans People made their last appearance on TOTP dancing to More,More,More by Andrea True Connection plus Silver Star by The Four Seasons.
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