- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (19 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007213263
- ISBN-13: 978-0007213269
- Package Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,601,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stories We Could Tell Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Abridged
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Praise for Tony Parsons:
‘Funny, serious, tender and honest…Tony Parsons is writing about the genuine dilemmas of modern life’ Sunday Express
‘He takes as his specialist subject contemporary emotional issues which almost every other male writer has ignored’ Guardian
‘Memorable and poignant – nobody squeezes more genuine emotion from a scene than Tony Parsons’ Spectator
Tony Parsons writes for the first time about his rock and roll years in a touching novel about friendship and growing up. This is the UK of the summer of 1977 - in the midst of the Silver Jubilee celebrations, a generation are trying to grow up and discovering the limits of freedom. It is 16th August 1977 - the night Elvis died - and for the heroes of STORIES WE COULD TELL, this night is where their adult lives begin. Terry has returned from Berlin glowing in the light of his friendship with ageing rock star Dag Wood, the only man to be booed off stage at Woodstock. But when Dag turns up in London, he sets his sights on a photographer called Misty, the young woman who Terry plans to have children with. Will Terry's relationship survive the night? Ray is the only writer on The Paper who refuses to cut his hair and stop wearing flares. He still believes in peace, love and the Beatles. But John Lennon is in town for one night, en route to Yoko and Japan, and Ray believes that if he can interview the reclusive Beatle, he can save his job. Can John Lennon really change a young man's life?And Leon has annoyed the group of fans you do not want to annoy - the Dagenham Dogs, a bunch of hooligans who follow a group called the Sewer rats, who have just been given a right royal slagging by young Leon. Hiding out in a disco called the Goldmine, Leon meets the girl of his dreams. Will true love find Leon before the Dagenham Dogs? See all Product description
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I read it and passed it on to my sister who also loved it.
We both agree that we now miss Ray, Leon and Terry.
Author, Tony Parson's writes effortlessly and for that it makes reading it a simple enjoyable experience.
All three are 20 years old and work in the same music newspaper as writers/critics.
It is a fast paced story of, essentially, one night. The night Elvis died in August 1977.
It follows the lads through a fast paced, drug fuelled, anarchic, punked up couple days in london.
There are fights, drugs, booze & music all the way through. It works quite well.
The author weaves nostalgia into the action, with London landmarks & political landmarks that I remember.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this book was the nostalgia. i was there and can remember most of it, especially when my memory
was nudged by the author.
The other reason is his excellent descriptive & emotional writing.
The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is I found it difficult to seperate the 3 characters sometimes, maybe it is me getting old,
maybe the characterisation was a bit close.
I must quote a paragraph i found particularly apt
"A regular girl bored you, but a wild one made you miserable. One made you feel like a prisoner, and the other made you feel like nothing".
P.s buy books secondhand from Amazon. they are a good deal.
Stories is a rites of passage for three young music journalists working for a weekly music paper. It is set in 1977 amidst the exciting rise of "the new music" with most of the action taking place around the watershed night of Elvis Presley's death and is clearly influenced by the teenage Parsons' own experiences at the NME.
The novel mentions real players in the punk movement though some of the lead characters in the story are given fictional names. I've got a good idea who the "Godfather of Punk" Dag Wood and wild super-journalist Skip Jones are largely based on and anyone who's' seen any documentaries from the period should be able to guess the real identity of deranged fan Brainiac.
The prose in SWCT is arguably not as free-flowing as in Tony Parsons' previous novels though this is countered by a more interesting, less sentimental period piece story. A thought-provoking and sensitive though not overtly nostalgic novel about the punk years by an author who was really there. Well worth reading.
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