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Bringing It All Back Home by [Clayton, Ian]
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One of the best books about popular music ever written. --Record Collector (5 Stars)

Highly entertainingfull of wisdom and humanity. --Mojo

Clayton's writing makes music his. His book is chiefly concerned to what music does to you, not how music is made or what it says about its creators or what it stands for. It s a good book, if not a flawless one; a book about the difference between sentiment and deep feeling; about escape and facing up; about how the function of music to a certain kind of listener is to map his world, both inside and out. It s in the economic, social and cultural shift that took place during the course of Clayton s post-post-war lifetime from the life of the mines to Jimi Hendrix in a giant step that you get to see the real value and, ultimately, the point of popular music as it was constituted during that period. You begin to get a sense from his story of how taste during that period was more than a fetish of bourgeois individualism; that it was an important tool in the remaking of English society for the better. And no, I m not joking. --Independent On Sunday

About the Author

Ian Clayton is a jobbing writer, story teller and broadcaster. He loves books, films and music. He is a traveller, a collector, a gatherer and is passionate about finding the voice of the common people. He still lives in the town where he was born and lists his hobbies as tap-room conversation and gentle subversion. Amongst other things he is a recognised authority on the life and works of Billie Holiday, has a fondness for the comedy songs of George Formby and aspires to play blues harmonica like Jimmy Reed. His partner of twenty-eight years Heather is a social worker and their son Edward is a budding pianist.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Route (23 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ACK9I1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ian Clayton has written not just a masterpiece about music but a beautiful and important work of social history. He writes wonderfully, easily and conversationally about music's capacity to electrify, liberate and expand one's imagination, curiosity and sense of possibility. And no other book I have read captures the companionship of shared musical tastes as this does. Again and again, Bringing It All Back Home made me rush to the record shelves. But almost regardless of subject matter, this is a literary triumph of irrepressible humour, touching humility and downright humanity. At the end of this book, you'll believe Ian Clayton is your best mate. Or you'll really wish he were. Ian Clayton understands!
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Ian writes in a way that is instantly familiar, within a few pages you'll feel like he's an old friend, and empathise with him through the stories he tells, both happy and sad. This is a book anyone can enjoy, I've bought 3 copies of it as presents so far, one for a Blues obsessed relative, one for my Mum who'll enjoy the stories of Yorkshire life and one for a friend who I just get the feeling will love the writing.

It's rare for a book to appeal on so many levels, music is why the book exists in the first place, but even if you don't like blues, or music in general, you'll find much enjoyment in the other aspects of the book, Yorkshire life, or indeed life in general, friendships, relationships, joy and loss are all dealt with in Ians inimitable style.

I could go on, but suffice to say, buy the book, enjoy it and tell your friends about it.
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As I cycle into work from the sunny Hawaiian splendiferousness of Walthamstow in East London to the glamour-fest of wee-wee in doorways that is Berwick Street in Central London, I'm constantly reminiscing - and I mean almost all of the time. I don't seem to be able to help it. In September 2008 I turned 50 - so it's probably the age.

Moments just keep coming back to me - and bits of music too. Like "Diamonds Are Forever" by John Barry, a film I mitched school 5 times to see. Walking proudly across the schoolyard with a copy of Rory Gallagher's "Live In Europe" under my arms knowing it to be an object of unbridled lust for other kids in my class. Meeting August Darnell of Kid Creole & The Coconuts at Dublin Airport the day after their National Stadium gig where the crowd went absolutely bananas and invaded the stage in a salsa train ("You guys can party!"). The Celtic folk-rock of Horslips on the back of a truck at a Sunday Fair in 1971, Phil Lynott busking at the bottom of Grafton Street again in 1971 with his fantastically wild hair and other-worldly exoticness, The Specials supporting the John 'Gypie' Mayo line-up of Dr. Feelgood in 1978 (one of the best gigs I've ever seen), the awesome Bon Scott line-up of AC/DC on a cold Monday night in the Camden Ballroom in Dublin on the "Highway To Hell" tour - all of it mind-blowing...

Why mention all of these precious memories - because this book is full of that - moments in time - and most of them related to music. Ian Clayton's "Bringing It All Back Home" is chapter after chapter of great musical remembrances that will tickle pink anyone of my generation - and even though most are British-based anecdotes - their appeal is Universal.
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I was not quite sure what to expect from Ian Clayton the author as opposed to the tv presenter. For a few minutes on screen, i'd always found him engaging and interesting, but for a whole book, that's quite a different matter.
What i found was a book of great warmth, a deeply personal book that gets under your skin, sparks off memories and has a direct emotional impact.
It's an autobiographical book about Ian, a book about music, a book about infatuations, growing and changing, about northern working class life. And whilst its about all of those things, its also much more universal then that. Many of the stories in the book resonated strongly, often the
context was different but the underlying experience very similiar.
This is a brilliant book, its got me reading again, and listening to music again, and its got me thinking a lot about my upbringing, my family,my kids and what really matters.
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Everything reminds me of something. I have filled my
house and my head with things; books, records,
paintings, stories; souvenirs that have no meaning
except to me. Sometimes I think my house is my head
and my head has become my house.

Ian Clayton 'Bringing it all back home'

I am not normally a person who trots out superlatives
but I can honestly say Ian Clayton's book is one of
the best ever written about music. And 'Bringing it
all back home' will make sense to anyone who
understands the intrinsic value of collecting music
and savouring memories. We live in an age, where we
are constantly advised to get rid and de-junk our
homes (minds?) and Ian's book is a vindication that
holding on to things does matter and to treasure old
LP's is a perfectly normal and justifiable thing to

It is always hard when you review a book not to give
to much away. I think ultimately you want people to
get hold of it and read it for themselves. Ian's book
is a very special thing indeed. Some books about music
are very cold and academic and leave the reader very
much on the outside. But Ian's book is funny, moving,
wise........all the things that we would expect really
from a Yorkshireman. The last chapter about the
tragic death of his daughter, Billie Holiday Clayton
is one of the moving passages I've ever read. I hope
I've said enough to make you want to get hold of this
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