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Liverpool - Wondrous Place: From the Cavern to the Capital of Culture by [Du Noyer, Paul]
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"Superb" (Stephen Bayley The Observer)

"Masterful" (GQ)

"One of the best books ever written about the city" (New Statesman)

"A thrilling virtuoso piece of pop scholarship" (Q)

"Du Noyer's erudition and lightness of touch is a reward in itself... An essential addition to the shelves of every rock fan" (MOJO)

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Du Noyer's superb fully updated musical history of the 2008 Capital of Culture

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1783 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NZMYI6
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author is Liverpudlian, and that helps. Even his relocation as a journalist in London helps the larger perspective of Liverpool.
The book makes you think about why Merseybeat floundered in the mid-60s and why it emerged in the first place. It gives a good characterization of Liverpudlian personality with well-informed anecdotes and deeper dimensions than the usual stereotypes, but acknowledges some truth in stereotypes too.
So many of the Beatles' peers who had a few quick hits didn't make it long-term, like the port itself.
"Their contemporaries had drifted back to the city in threes and fours. You would spot them, has-beens at 24, standing at bus stops or telling their war stories in pubs."
There's some fine writing in here, especially covering Merseybeat, and that's the big plus of this book. It's well researched but doesn't throw information at the reader senselessly. The prose is coloured by the author's character, the character of Liverpool, and philosophical enquiry to make sense of all these facts - - and there's a lot more than music going on here. You go on a pub crawl witrh Alexei Sayle.
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This is a biography of the city of Liverpool through the music of the last five decades. It has been one of the most important cities in the world of popular music.

There is the obvious stuff of course, but Du Noyer shows how this town has never really let up and has moved through a variety of different "scenes" right up to the present day. It has produced many of the world's best bands.

The book sets the musical output in its social and political context demonstrating how the unique circumstances of the city have given rise to this unique output.

The story is written in a convincing, entertaining and engaging manner, reflecting what is attractive about the city itself. It's a great story and one well worth reading.
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2002
Format: Hardcover
A great read! About time someone wrote this book!
Really is a lively and honest description about the City of Liverpool and the amazing wealth of talent to emerge ...its astonishing just how many musical talents have come out of the city... Paul really tells the story, in an easy read....wish there was a CD of music to go with it...now that would be something else! Pick up this book for any music fan and check out all the Liverpool music! Wonderful!
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2002
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A great read! About time someone wrote this book!
Really is a lively and honest description about the City of Liverpool and the amazing wealth of talent to emerge ...its astonishing just how many musical talents have come out of the city... Paul really tells the story, in an easy read....wish there was a CD of music to go with it...now that would be something else! Pick up this book for any music fan and check out all the Liverpool music! Wonderful!
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This was just the book I'd been searching for! I've always loved the Merseybeat sound. This book details the history of Liverpool music.
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