Christopher Snowdon

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Post Everything: Outsider Rock and Roll by Luke Haines
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the underdog, 22 July 2011
Haines is back with his wonderful obsessions - Lord Lucan, Gary Glitter, Peter Sutcliffe, Jonathan King, Billie Piper et al. I didn't know that the great man spent two years working on a musical about Sussex-based dodgy landlord Nicholas van Hoogstraten but, in retrospect, it seems unimaginable that he would have done anything else.

Aside from (possibly) one hit single, the music discussed in this book was never whistled by your milkman. I happen to own all the LPs mentioned herein but that, apparently, makes me something of an outlier. And there are better places to get yer celebrity anecdotes; Haines briefly talking to Chrissie Hynde and nearly talking to Bono and Philip from… Read more
The Act You've Known For All These Years: A Year i&hellip by Clinton Heylin
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I got this book for Christmas and only picked it up today, assuming it contained a few familiar stories about the erstwhile greatest album of all time. My mistake. It's really a history of pop music between 1965-69 and a very good one at that (I read it in one sitting). Great Beatles stories plus Syd Barrett, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Wilson and Bob Dylan. What's not to like? Contrary to what some reviewers have said, Heylin doesn't have it in for 'The Sergeant' (what's wrong with calling it that, then?). He neither worships nor hates it, and is equally dismissive of those who do. Towards the end, he considers Pepper's position of 33 in an all-time greatest LP list to be "about right". I would… Read more
White Heat: A  History of Britain in the Swinging &hellip by Dominic Sandbrook
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, 13 May 2010
This really is a very fine book. The breadth of knowledge and research required to write about such a broad subject cannot be underestimated. Politics, football, fashion, music and sex are blended together to create a thoroughly absorbing account of the era. It is to Sandbrook's great credit that he is equally comfortable describing World Cup matches as he is cabinet meetings.

Most pleasing, for this reader at least, is the absence of any political slant. Whether the issue is Wilson versus Heath or the start of the Irish Troubles, it is impossible to perceive any bias towards the participants. Sandbrook persuasively-and quite sensibly-portrays the Sixties as an era of evolution… Read more