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A light skim through the 1980s
on 26 February 2015
More of a chronicle than a history, Rejoice! Rejoice! gives you a quick skim through some of the political and pop cultural events which loomed large in the media in the 1980s.
Turner doesn't give us much in the way of analysis and the material covered seems to have been chosen for its approachability and entertainment value as much as for its historical significance. But then, to me, that didn't seem to be the point. I found it an enjoyable read, and thought it was written in a fairly vivid style.
You will read a lot about the Tony Benn/Denis Healy clash, the reminiscences of alternative stand up comedians, and the content of sketches from Spitting Image. There are also dedicated chapters on the media and trade unions, alongside more chronologically organised chapters.