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Never a Dull Moment: 1971--The Year That Rock Exploded
Never a Dull Moment: 1971--The Year That Rock Exploded | David Hepworth
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A rollicking look at 1971 - the busiest, most innovative and resonant year of the 70s, defined by the musical arrival of such stars as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni MitchellOn New Year's Eve, 1970, Paul McCartney told his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court in London, effectively ending The Beatles. You might say this was the last day of the pop era. The following day, which was a Friday, was 1971. You might say this was the first day of the rock era. And within the remaining 364 days of this monumental year, the world would hear Don McLean's "American Pie," The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," The Who's "Baba O'Riley," Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Rod Stewart's "Maggie May," Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," and more. David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and well regarded critic, was twenty-one in '71, the same age as many of the legendary artists who arrived on the scene. Taking us on a tour of the major moments, the events and songs of this remarkable year, he shows how musicians came together to form the perfect storm of rock and roll greatness, starting a musical era that would last longer than anyone predicted. Those who joined bands to escape things that lasted found themselves in a new age, its colossal start being part of the genre's staying power. "Never a Dull Moment" is more than a love song to the music of 1971. It's also an homage to the things that inspired art and artists alike. From "Soul Train "to "The Godfather," hot pants to table tennis, Hepworth explores both the music and its landscapes, culminating in an epic story of rock and roll's best year.
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Rapt-or
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A little biased but still awesome

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Lizpixie
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#HeatOfJuly #day7 #PartyRockAnthem There‘s quite a few party anthems represented in this stack. From Iggy Pops ‘Lust For Life‘, to Foo Fighters ‘Everlong‘ and everything inbetween, there‘s a whole jukebox of rock anthems in these pages.

BarbaraBB Great collection! Jealous 😍😍 1y
TiredLibrarian I love music books! I've read I'm With the Band & Laurel Canyon; must check out the others! 🎵🎶💜 1y
Cathythoughts 👍🏻😃 1y
jillannjohn What a great stack! 1y
ephemeralwaltz Nice!! 🎶🎶 1y
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TrishB
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#livinginthe70s #marchintooz
Mentioned this was a prompt today to hubby on bus this morning. He suggested this one - a good read apparently 😁

AceOnRoam More sex and drugs than rocknroll going on there I suspect 🙃 1y
Peterfox123 Did you know people had hair back then? Er, well I did anyway. Times change, eh? 1y
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GatheringBooks nicely played! :) 1y
Jinjer Sounds good! Stacked! 1y
mrozzz This one has been waiting on my shelf for months! 1y
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Lizpixie
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#MarchIntoOz #day21 #LivingInThe70s To celebrate my birthday I‘m taking us back to the year I was born & to a song that was all over the radio in the 70s. Skyhooks were a glam/camp rock band that were quintessentially Aussie.The tagged book is about the year I was born when all the best rock was released,songs like American Pie, Baba O‘Riley, Brown Sugar & Stairway To Heaven.The photo is my family in our front yard in 1976, that‘s me, front right!

4thhouseontheleft Happy Birthday!! 🎁🎂🎉🎈 1y
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 I did this book too at hubbys suggestion 😁 1y
JessClark78 Happy Birthday!! 🎊🎂🎉🎊 1y
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Bookishthoughts Happy birthday 🎂 1y
TheBookHippie Best music !!! Happiest of birthdays !!!! Love the pic it's fantastic !!! 1y
Dragon 🎉🎂❤️🐉 1y
Kalalalatja Happy birthday sweet Liz! Hope you have a wonderful day 👏 1y
CarolynM Happy birthday 🎉🎂🎈Hope your celebrating with a few Skyhooks songs! 1y
Mdargusch Great family photo! Happy Birthday! 🎂 (edited) 1y
Bookgirl Happy birthday!! 1y
emilyhaldi Wooohoo happy birthday!!! 🎉🎁🎈🍾🎂 1y
Purrfectpages Happy birthday!🎉 1y
RachelO 🎉 Happy Birthday! 🎉 1y
ValerieAndBooks Happy birthday @Lizpixie 📚🎊📚🎂🎉📚🍰📚!!! 1y
Lizpixie @RachelO @ValerieAndBooks thank you!😘💝😘💝 1y
Blaire Happy birthday!!! 1y
Jeg Happy birthday 1971 was a good year. My daughter was born then too. 😊🎂🎂🎂🎂 1y
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Lizpixie
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#NuYear #day16 #Tracks The tracks referenced in this non-fiction book about 1971‘s year of music, are some of the most famous tracks of all time. Songs like American Pie by Don McLean, Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones, Baba O‘Riley by The Who & biggest of all, Stairway To Heaven by LED Zeppelin. It also happens to be the year I was born, which makes me a legend too. Rock on dudes!🤟

Cinfhen Love this!!! Book sounds fabulous just like you😎😎😎😎😎 2y
TrishB Great pick 👍🏻 I‘ve seen this on hubby‘s shelves! 2y
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Lizpixie
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#NovemberByTheNumbers #day9 Finding books that fit is getting harder & harder to do, but after much searching for a book with just 9 in the title, I‘ve had to go with a book with nine as part of a number instead. Oh well, it‘s at least in the title. I love this book, not just because I love the music, but also because 1971 was the year I was born. Never a dull moment indeed.

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Lizpixie
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#EmojiNov #day8 #🎼 #Music These are a few of my books about music & musicians. As you could probably tell by these, I have a huge obsession with the golden age of rock, late 60s-70s and the grunge/punk 90s music scene too. As well as these I also have biographies of Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin & Bon Scott from AC/DC.

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tracyramone
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I'm a 70's baby so if course I'm obsessed with everything 70's. Especially the rock n roll!

Suzze I was 18 in 1971. I think I spent that year going to a concert every weekend. I have to read this book! 2y
tracyramone @suzze that's awesome! I would kill for a time machine to be able to do what you lived! For real, jealous! 2y
Suzze @tracyramone I did that 10 concerts I attended, 1 is a lie thing and everyone was jealous. LOL 2y
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CocoReads This looks to be a must read! 2y
tracyramone @suzze I bet! I am and I didn't even see it! @CocoReads if you like 70s Rock n roll it is! 2y
CocoReads @tracyramone i ❤️all kinds of rock. I grew up 70s as well. 2y
Suzze @tracyramone So here are 10....one is a lie. Which one?

Jefferson Airplane
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Tim Buckley
Canned Heat
Led Zeppelin
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
The Monkees
The Dave Clark 5
Alice Cooper
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tracyramone Oh goodness @Suzze ! That's a helluva list! Who didn't you see? 2y
Suzze @tracyramone I regret having never seen Led Zeppelin. 2y
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The writer's thesis is that 1971 was Rock's Golden Year, not merely for the astounding number of great records that came out, but also for how it laid the way for everything that followed. As much social history as rock book this is a witty and engaging read that sent me back to those old albums and had me investigating stuff that had passed me by.

Cinfhen Sounds really fun & fascinating! 2y
LitHousewife I loved this book and not just because I was born in 1971. 😂 2y
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Minervasbutler
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Such a fun book!

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Angelala007
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Had to buy this. I love 70's music and it's the year I was born :) aaaand it's 2.99 today .

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MLRio
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Hepworth's hypothesis that 1971 was the most important year in rock and roll is hard to argue with--it was a year of groundbreaking albums (Who's Next, Sticky Fingers, Led Zeppelin IV) and the tipping point between the old world of the pop single and the meteoric rise of the album. Hepworth corrals the whole cast of outrageous characters and tells the story with such painstaking detail that there's no doubt it's a labor of love. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MLRio
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Loving this book. #music #history #nonfiction #1972

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MLRio
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Bought myself an early Christmas present at the V&A's Records and Rebels exhibit. 👌🏻 #bookstagram #history #music #nonfiction #popculture

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LitHousewife
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I really enjoyed this book. It was great to read it a chapter at a time. It has really made me put some thought into my musical choices. I've discovered some great albums. I'm sure many would argue with 1971 being the pivotal year of rock music, but I loved discovering the year of my birth this way.

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Lizpixie
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Course 1971 rocked, it's the year I was born! Harry Potter approves of my choices. ⚡️

Texreader He's so cute! Do tell where did you get him? Is he a mini-pop? 3y
Lizpixie @Texreader I picked him up at Abbeys Bookshop in Sydney Australia. It's a micro pop pen. He's adorable isn't he! 3y
Texreader Yes! @Lizpixie hope I can find him in the states! 3y
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LitHousewife
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Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend doesn't have anything to do with Never a Dull Moment or 1971, but this book has me exploring albums again. I've really become a consumer of singles, but there's something wonderful about listening to a full album. This is another I missed along the way and it's beautiful.

[DELETED] 3216391035 One of my very favorite albums ever! 3y
LitHousewife @Basia That's exactly what my husband said last night. It is fantastic. Now I need to find my next album to explore (not that I won't be listening to this over and over). 3y
Eastbriar I have not listened to that album in years! It's great, I need to pull it out and give it a listen. 3y
LitHousewife @Eastbriar I'm now on my second listen of the day. So good! 3y
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BethFishReads
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A blast to the past. Love the memories (yes, I remember 1971). Rather than dig out my vinyl, I'm streaming *my* music--what a long way we've come since those heady days. Did I know rock was exploding? I haven't a clue but I still have my albums from those years. I'm reading this chapter by chapter

LitHousewife It's a good book to read chapter by chapter. I'm curious to see which album I pick up next. Tapestry is so darn good. 3y
Well-ReadNeck I'm soooo intrigued. Need to grab this one. I think my favorite Van Morrision song, Tupelo Honey, was released that year. 3y
BethFishReads @Well-Read Neck I LOVE that song. 3y
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LitHousewife
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Apparently rock exploded the year I was born. No coincidence there. It should be interesting to read about that year month by month through music.

Angelala007 That's my year of birth too! We ROCK @LitHousewife ! 😎✊🏻🤘🏻 3y
JodyS Mine too! 3y
LitHousewife @Angelala007 @JodyS Our collective conceptions and births rocked the world. Very soon I will tell you all about it. 🤗 3y
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BethFishReads I won't tell you where I was in life that year. But I got a copy too 3y
Angelala007 @BethFishReads - everyone's a '71er in this thread 🙃 3y
BethFishReads @Angelala007 let's just say I remember 71 3y
LitHousewife @BethFishReads You are an honorary '71er in my book. 😊I've already read 40 pages of the book and have downloaded Tapestry. I'm really enjoying it. @Angelala007 3y
Sue Man, I was 2 years too late. 3y
Angelala007 Stop showing off, @Sue 3y
Sue @Angelala007 hee hee 😊 3y
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MatDavies
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Music book of the year ? Very probably