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The Peoples Songs
The Peoples Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records | Stuart Maconie
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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 just sometimes changed the way we feel. Beginning with Vera Lynns Well Meet Again, a song that reassured a nation parted from their loved ones by the turmoil of war, and culminating with the manic energy of Bonkers, Dizzee Rascals anthem for the push and rush of the 21st century inner city, The Peoples Songs takes a tour of our islands 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 Maconies landmark Radio 2 series, The Peoples Songs shows us the power of cheap pop music, one of Britains greatest exports. These are the songs we worked to and partied to, and grown up and grown old to from A Whiter Shade of Pale to Rehab', She Loves You to Star Man, Dedicated Follower of Fashion to Radio Ga Ga.
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Cinfhen Oh, this sounds wonderful 🎶👍🏽 @TrishB I‘m sure hubby has, but just in case..... 1mo
arlenefinnigan The accompanying radio series was fantastic. Delighted to find that it's on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/695e6WslJiF4fE2mmeEQEG?si=LUatNxXXRYCTrmGYXkzxeQ 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen we have a couple of his 👍🏻 he‘s a bit of a northern institution! 1mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB he's one of my favourite writers and broadcasters. He's alright for a Wiganer (although, as he points out in Pies And Prejudice, he was born in Whiston, same as me). 1mo
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Cinfhen Love my monthly #MoominsFix ❤️😘 13mo
CarolynM This looks like a good one 13mo
emilyhaldi Is "common people" listed in this book I wonder??? @AnnieD was telling us yesterday that the British regiments love playing that ironic song at all of their parties ?? 13mo
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Reviewsbylola Cool book! Thanks for playing along! 13mo
Mdargusch Great idea for a book! Thanks for playing this month! 💥 13mo
Meredith3 Thank you!! 🙏🏻🖤 12mo
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#SheLovesYou #GetMovin
Can't recommend this book highly enough.
@Cinfhen @GypsyKat

Cinfhen Sounds like a great read 😊 1y
TrishB Hubby loves this one... 1y
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Cinfhen This looks like a fun read! Interesting so far we‘ve all focused on a different form of “tracks” @TrishB 2y
TrishB This looks like a good one! 2y
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geodynamical Sweet and festive! 3y
arlenefinnigan @geodynamical merry Celtmas 🍀 3y
DeborahSmall I see henrik Larson ⚽️🍀 3y
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DeborahSmall Hail hail 🍀💚 3y
tpixie 🎄❤️🎄❤️🎄❤️🎄 3y
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#photoadaynov16 #BookPyramid
more of a pile than a pyramid. I'm not good at this.