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5.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis, 6 July 2007
All roads lead to Rome, but in this book they lead to Manchester, specifically its music scene. C P Lee, author of 'Like the Night: Bob Dylan and the road to the Manchester Free Trade Hall', charts the emergence and development of a phenomenon that has brought the world artists and performers such as 10cc, Inspiral Carpets, John Mayall, New Order, Oasis, Simply Red and The Smiths, to name but a few. Combining oral history and personal observation, this book provides an invaluable insight into what has made Manchester such an innovative creative music centre over the last five decades - from Beat clubs to the Hacienda, from Music Force to Factory Records, the Summer of Love and beyond. It includes a chapter putting Bob Dylan into the context of the Manchester music scene and fits the needs of the series Bob Dylan all alone on a shelf by providing the kind of background on Manchester that will attract anyone interested in Bob Dylan's early years. CP Lee is a lecturer in Cultural Studies in the School of Media, Music & Performance at the University of Salford. Before that he was a founder member of Mancunian Rock iconoclasts Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias. He has written two books on Bob Dylan, published by Helter Skelter, and numerous articles on a variety of other topics for magazines and other media. He is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio and still plays music on a regular basis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shake rattle and rain, 23 May 2005
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B. Van Den Burg "bennyvdb" (Manchester, England (For now!)) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shake, Rattle and Rain (Bob Dylan all alone on a shelf) (Paperback)
Brilliant book, very comprehensive about the music scene in Manchester.
Couldn't put it down. Took it it India with me and lent it to a couple of Indians who also throughly enjoyed it altho' they had never been to Manchester.
Wish I had read it before he interviewed me, I could have said a lot more now I know the content.
This was in fact CP's thesis for his P.HD.
Get out and buy it even if you are not a 'Manc' which I am not!
Benny van den Burg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating Music Writing, 15 Mar. 2003
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P. K. V. Radice (Hastings, England) - See all my reviews
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With this book, C.P.Lee, an authority on Bob Dylan and author of quite brilliant books on that subject, has used a masterly insight into the Manchester music scene, and written an eminently readable and enjoyable book. Most highly recommended to anyone who likes great writing about music.
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