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You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me [Kindle Edition]

Simon Napier-Bell
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"An entertaining old-school romp through the Swinging Sixties...cracking anecdotes that leave you wondering how anyone who was at the heart of the sixties scene is still breathing...all good, irresponsible fun" (Independent on Sunday)

"Gossipy, camp and wise - the perfect guide to the decade they can't forget" (Tom Cox, '50 Greatest Music Books Ever' Observer)

"The cold-print equivalent of a sparkling evening with a world-class raconteur" (Charles Shaar Murray Independent)

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'A scurrilous memoir of the Sixties' music business - any aspiring star should read it.' Daily Mirror

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1181 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; New Ed edition (30 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 60s romp around the pop business 29 Dec 2012
I've got all 3 of SNB's pop books about his career as a manager - this one, Black Vinyl White Powder, and I'm Coming To Take You To Lunch: A fantastic tale of boys, booze and how Wham! were sold to China: not the Bolan biog, becasue he doesn't interest me that much.

This one starts with SNB flying off to Canada to join a jazz band and finding himself in a hilariously compromising position with bandleader Lttle Lord Leroy. Back in the UK, he gets involved with films and music: being gay is a positive advantage, because so much of the business is run by gays (such as Larry Parnes, later Brian Epstein, Kit Lambert, and Robert Stigwood). SNB co-writes a hit for Dusty Springfield with Vivki Wickham (of Ready Steady Go) in the back of a taxi, rearranges Burt Bacharach's music for What's New Pussycat, and falls into pop management because it loooks easy and fun. He manages the Yardbirds, and later takes up with John's Children, discovers Marc Bolan and inserts him into the group, then manages him as a solo artist. In between times he upsets Andrew Oldham and stiffs US record companies for big bucks by periuading them to give big advances for rubbish product, and twice gets rescued from brothels by Keith Moon. Well, you know how it is...

All this is told in an engaging and highly readable style, with occasional good insights into the vagaries of the business - at least, as it was back then. A terrific read, whether you're really interested in 60s British pop or not.
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1.0 out of 5 stars load of rubbish 8 Jan 2014
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he really loves himself SNP , tedious self promotion of his genius supposed in his mind he is - old git
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 12 Sep 2005
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Quick, funny and dirty book about swinging London. It made me laugh out loud. Worth every dime.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best& funniest book on the record industry EVER! 14 Nov 2013
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I've been in the record industry ( far from the executive level tho) since 1986 and can't tell you what a thrill it is to read Simon's book! The man is a genius and was ahead of his time. Every chapter is begging to be a mini-movie.
Reading Simon's hilarious accounts on Robert Stigwood, Kit Lambert and Keith Moon have made me yearn to take a time machine trip back to London's swinging sixies now more than ever !
Thanks to my buddy Chuck harter for bringiing this masterpiece of literature to my attention.
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