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This Day in Music Hardcover – 21 Jun 2010
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[P]riceless for those with a hunger for facts, Cossar's certainly come up with the goods. --Record Collector
About the Author
Neil Cossar a former musician was the guitarist in the late 70 s - 80 s group The Cheaters, (who signed to Parlophone Records, but never troubled the charts). Continually giging in 1982, were awarded Hardest working band of the year by BBC Radio 1 after playing 321 gigs and recording an album!
During the 90 s Neil worked as a radio DJ in Manchester, England presenting a late night show which featured countless new acts in session including Radiohead, Blur, The Charlatans, Lenny Kravitz, PJ Harvey, The Cranberries and Tori Amos.
He also runs a PR company with his partner Liz Sanchez their clients have included - Def Leppard, INXS, Joan Baez, Glen Campbell, Jean Michel Jarre, Natalie Imbruglia, The Hollies, Feist, The Stranglers, Barenaked Ladies and UB40.
He first started to collect music facts and trivia while working on the radio, in the early 90 s, this turned into an obsession over the years and evolved into the web site This Day in Music.com which was launched in 1999.
The first edition of This Day in Music was published in 2005 and is now available in this vastly improved and expanded edition.
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From the first comprehensive Billboard Chart in 1940 to the awarding of OBE's to Status Quo on New Year's Eve 2009, this book covers the lot including recent events like the death of Michael Jackson and Rage Against The Machines' Christmas no. 1 last December.
Each of the 366 days is jam packed with trivia, from gig performances to deaths, to the sale of music memorabilia; it's all here, presented in chronological order that makes it so easy to reference. As well as each date covered, this edition goes a step further and has some interesting trivia at the back of the book in the `Access All Areas' section.
The `Did You Know' section will tell you how many Grammy nominations Quincy Jones received, how much Elton John spent on flowers in a 20-month period, or what no. 1 artist carried the Queen Mother's coffin.
`My First Record' will inform you of the first record Lily Allen bought, who's first purchase was `Be Bop A Lula', and that Natalie Imbruglia and Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol) have similar tastes in music.
`My Name Is' will tell you Lady Gaga's real name, or who Saul Hudson or Louis Firbank are better known as, while `Working 9 to 5' will tell you what 80s icon once appeared in a Persil advertisement.
`My First Gig' will inform you that Holly Johnson and Ian McCulloch both possibly attended their first gig in the same venue, on the same night in 1973 while `Chart Facts' will tell you what one-word song titles will give you the best chance of making the charts.
Mixed within all the data in this book are loads of photographs, from a nude John & Yoko to a smiling Gary Glitter, and Bowie celebrating his 50th Birthday, there'll all here, most of which I've never seen before.
This book will baffle and amaze you, and your friends. An essential present for anyone with even a vague interest in music. Even the anoraks will have to look hard to find a mistake (14th July 2009 the only one I found) as Michael Jackson fans congregated a day earlier outside the o2 Arena (I know, I Was there), but author Neil Cossar has to be complimented on a labour of love that will provide endless entertainment on a daily basis.
It is a must have for every music lovers book shelf, an easy, fun, light-hearted read which you wont want to put down!
When we have dinner parities out it comes and my guests are always impressed when i tell
them who on this day some time in history was creating a storm in the music industry.
A must have for your coffee table!