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This review is from: Crisis, What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s (Hardcover)
Context is all, and in this much needed reappraisal of the 70s, Alwyn W Turner has managed not only to put it firmly within its context sandwiched between the tectonic social shifts of the 60s and the ghastly me-me greed of Thatcher's 80s but also within itself. It's not another glossy of recycled pictures of Abba, whacky fashions and weird convenience foods - the things drawn out for those inevitable 50 Best shows on Saturday nights - but as Turner says,'an attempt to depict both the high politics and low culture of those times'. And it is a very successful attempt, written in an elegantly transparent style with occasional flashes of sly wit.
Any student of modern social history, anybody writing about the music or politics of the time, and anybody who lived through that oddly uneasy decade should read this book. Context is all.