The Peopleís Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records |
These are the songs that we have listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to. Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have sound tracked our changing times, and Ė just sometimes Ė changed the way we feel. Beginning with Vera Lynnís ĎWeíll Meet Againí, a song that reassured a nation parted from their loved ones by the turmoil of war, and culminating with the manic energy of ĎBonkersí, Dizzee Rascalís anthem for the push and rush of the 21st century inner city, The Peopleís Songs takes a tour of our islandís pop music, and asks what it means to us. This is not a rock critique about the 50 greatest tracks ever recorded. Rather, it is a celebration of songs that tell us something about a changing Britain during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War to the present day. Here are songs about work, war, class, leisure, race, family, drugs, sex, patriotism and more, recorded in times of prosperity or poverty. This is the music that inspired haircuts and dance crazes, but also protest and social change. The companion to Stuart Maconieís landmark Radio 2 series, The Peopleís Songs shows us the power of Ďcheapí pop music, one of Britainís greatest exports. These are the songs we worked to and partied to, and grown up and grown old to Ė from ĎA Whiter Shade of Paleí to ĎRehab', ĎShe Loves Youí to ĎStar Maní, ĎDedicated Follower of Fashioní to ĎRadio Ga Gaí.