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on 24 February 2018
If you are looking for material about the mid to late FIfties and the rise of the London-based pop music business, then you should buy this book.
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on 18 January 2014
Exceptionally written book from cover to cover following the life of Lionel Bart, the unrecognised father of the British Pop Industry and the British Musical. The world knows "Oliver!" but "Oliver!" is but a small part of Lionel Bart's prolific output through the 1960's. Bart had the midas touch, was mocked by the establishment, adored by artists and exploited by "hangers on". Despite a fall from grace into the worlds of drugs and alcohol, his work remained revered the world over, and he rose again to be a grand master in his own right in his later years. Uplifting, inspiring and accurate biography of a character, more interesting than any literature has managed to create.
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on 8 March 2018
great book...great insight into post war east end youth culture...and i fell in love with lionel along the way...a great biography...highly recommended...a super fun read.
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on 3 December 2017
Very good book
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on 17 May 2014
Well written. One of those books you don't forget. Packed with interesting facts from the era that launched modern British pop. Recommended.
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on 29 November 2016
Great
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on 29 March 2016
Interesting read I've been told
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on 15 January 2015
A genius
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on 23 February 2012
Lionel Bart in my opinion at his best. I bought this for a friend who used to live in the East End, though I had had the CD for many years. Listening to it again it doesn;t lose any of its magic.
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on 17 April 2012
I purchased this book on the basis of the review in one of the daily papers, and looked forward to what I thought would be a good read. However, this turned out to be on the boring side and most certainly not worth the money.
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