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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (25 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846073278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846073274
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.6 x 28.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We guarantee after a few page turns, you'll be desperate to hunt out your old tapes of everyone from Oasis to Wham!...music nostalgia at its best" (Heat Magazine)

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True Adventures of TV's No.1 Pop Show

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vauxhall1964 on 27 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
I flicked through this when it first appeared in the shops and was put off by the slightly tacky graphics and the price tag. I've since picked up a copy for the price of half a pint which unfortunately shows, like the TV programme itself, there weren't ultimately a huge number of takers for this product. This book isn't anything other than a populist look back at the show that loomed so large over any British childhood of the 60s, 70s or 80s. It's all here, chapters on one hit wonders, Britpop, UK Eurovision hits, novelty records, the Christmas editions, the various Pan's People-style studio dance troupes, Radio 1 DJ presenters, glam rock, the show's Sixties genesis... To be fair, all that needs covering about the Top of the Pops story is here, even if the presentation is a bit naff (but, hey, so was the show). Surprisingly, the book pulls no punches about the show's mistakes in its later years (producer Andi Peters, we mean you!), including the disastrous decision to aim the show at young teens and use forgettable, charisma-free 'yoof TV' wannabes to present the programme. We can debate til the cows come home where it all went wrong and whether it could have been any different but the fact remains the BBC, yet again, managed to sabotage and ultimately destroy one of its leading brands. And what impeccable timing: just as singles sales were entering, thanks to downloads, a period of record sales figures that have surpassed even those of the late 70s, that legendary 'golden age' of both the single and Top of the Pops. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Yet, despite the Beeb's best efforts, the show refuses to die, with Christmas editions still pulling in big audiences (four million for the 2008 Xmas special). All of which suggests that the BBC deep down do realise they made a terrible mistake with their act of cultural vandalism, and that the argument that no-one wants pop music on TV is a spurious one. After all, anyone ever heard of a show called 'The X Factor'?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FRED JOHNSON on 4 May 2011
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The subject matter is great and a very interesting read, but the quality of the photographs (in terms of sharpness) is poor.

- it's hard to establish why; either poor quality pictures supplied to the publisher or poor quality printing.

I'm not an expert in the above, but I'm also not blind.

Overall, though, good value for money, especially if bought "used-as new" - there wasn't a mark on it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Dec 2007
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In July 2006 the very last edition of Top Of The Pops was aired. For me it was a very sad day and it felt somehow as if by losing the programme something fundamental about who I am and what I'd become was dying. In truth, the end had been coming for some time and the show had simply become outdated by the arrival of the internet generation and the birth of MTV and the like. Still, If you felt as strongly as I did and were worried by the fact, you will love this book which is a fitting and worthy monument to the lifetime of the show. Without giving too much away (I really don't want to dilute the enjoyment of reading this one bit for you!) the text is written with an amazing amount of affection for the programme and Ian Gittins has interviewed and used quotes from hundreds of the shows stars over the years to help tell his story. Full of fantastic colour photos of the stars and presenters from every era of the show (so good to see Sir Jimmy Savile's crazy costumes again!!), this is a real gem of a book and one that will evoke many a happy memory within those of us that grew up with what was a national institution. Who knows, it might even make you shed a few tears... ESSENTIAL.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Paul Savory VINE VOICE on 17 May 2013
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...before all the sexual abuse stuff at the BBC broke. That said, just look at the cover - Jimmy Savile...
Moving on, the book is really interesting. It covers the history, the big stars, the oddities, the blunders and the dancing troupes.

I have owned my copy since it was published in 2007. It could become collectible for all the wrong reasons !!!
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