An enjoyable memory-jogger,
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This review is from: The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records (Kindle Edition)
I am a fan of Maconie's writing style and this book, while necessarily episodic, rambles enjoyably through the history of what can loosely be called 'pop' music, reminding you of artists, songs and movements half-remembered. Anecdotes, historical context and insight are all here, in the familiarly readable style that Stuart's fans expect.
Of course, being an ex-NME writer, Morrissey's name is dropped with a deafening and deadening clang into almost every chapter (or at least it seems that way), but don't let that put you off. At least, unlike many veteran music journalists, he is capable of writing interesting and appreciative passages about styles of music that many would dismiss with a tired old one-liner.
While addressing the Punk movement, too, he appreciates the phenomenon, but doesn't slavishly toe the "Year Zero" line that so many of his contemporaries have made a lazy living from since the mid-Seventies.
Good stuff, then. Not his best book, but it should recapture a scent of whatever era defined your formative years.