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Hepworth has a good line on when everything happened, but he has no idea why it happened No insight into the artists, the politics, or the era, but each chapter ends with a list of really great tunes to download Oh, and the cheap shots about rock stars making too much money and having too much sex become tiresome after a while It s all veddy veddy British When I saw the year this covered, I knew I had to read it I was born in 1971 and so I have grown up listening to many of the bands discussed in the book Hepworth takes the year month by month so that we can understand how the creativity unfolded This is a pivotal moment in the careers of many bands and artists that still are known today and revered The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rod Stewart, Cat Stevens, David Bowie, Carole King, Carly Simon We come to understand the terrain in which many albums were created Some artists spent merely hours to create masterpieces It seems the creative terrain was simply verdant It is amazing to me that so many people were creating music at the same time Hepworth gives a small list of songs released for the month at the end of each chapter At the back of the book, we get a list of albums released in 1971 a testament to the greatness of this moment in music. It s maddening to attempt to review a nonfiction musical history when both anecdotes and writing style are top notch, yet the premise on which the book is crafted is totally misdirected One can average it out by awarding three stars as I did, though it would be tempting to scrawl a big red I for Incomplete across the title page.I ve made it known several times in the past that titling a book with a particular year is preposterous, because few trends can be summarized in a single year, and the attempt to do so leads the author to artificially stuff things into misshapen categories It s certainly wrong with 1170 BC or 1493, and it is wrong in rock music for the year 1971 I also am annoyed when an author uses the phrase golden era to describe any genre of music or art It s all flow, and it s all good Hepworth seemed bound and determined to break all my personal taboos in one fell swoop.I know it s not just me David Byrne and Elvis Costello, in two excellent recent music memoirs analyses, have taken a defensible path In How Music Works, Byrne describes an unbroken continuum in music evolution since recorded music began early in the 20th century He adds the important caveat that we should attach particular negative handicaps to music that was released during our adolescent years, because the interplay between our adolescent hormones, developing neural networks, and the music we hear, leads us to the incorrect conclusion that the music we heard in teen years was the best ever made It ain t necessarily so Costello, in his recent memoir, describes how much he appreciates music of all genres, and says quite bluntly that there never was a golden age of anything.It s fine that Hepworth wants to choose a year or period that is often neglected, as these are the areas that are richest to mine Pop critics, for example, agree that 1966 was a far stronger year for rock than the Summer of Love that followed, and Hepworth can make a decent case for the importance of 1971 But the most important year of the arena rock era Why not say 1970 or 1972 Hepworth would rank the importance popularity or critical of certain albums and the seminal years for certain artists, but his statistics are fudged.He s on solid ground when talking about the breakthroughs of Slade, Carole King, Neil Young, or Marvin Gaye I might even grant him the point that David Bowie s real breakthrough was not 1972 s Ziggy Stardust, but 1971 s Hunky Dory After that, the math gets fuzzy Pink Floyd sMeddle was in no way the band s turning point insiders discovered the band at Ummagumma or before, while the great unwashed didn t jump aboard until Dark Side of the Moon Roxy Music gets deserved mention in the book, but the first album by the band did not arrive until 1972 And Led Zeppelin did not have a critical year in 1971 at all it was a transitional year between III and IV, and did not signify much in particular for the band.The insider anecdotes are delightful in this book, and Hepworth adds some great social commentary on the difference between British and US rock audiences, the rise of the album format for listeners over 18, and how society had reached certain points of no return after the 1960s Hepworth manages to skewer sacred cows, as one would expect from a music critic with his extensive background He tells us that Nick Drake did not even have much of a literati audience while he was alive, partially because of his own lack of desire to be a star Hepworth avoids genuflecting at the feet of John Peel, while at the same time acknowledging when Peel made a call that was basically correct despite being unpopular such as saying that Marc Bolan made a big mistake when moving from a hippie dippie to a protopunk T Rex, and that Bolan did not have the requisite talent to live up to the star reputation he briefly had.At the same time, however, readers will find several areas where they will vehemently disagree with Hepworth s conclusions, which are presented as matters of fact My own exasperated moment stems from my belief as a teenager that Lee Abrams, trend spotter and analyst, was one of the most evil commercializing influences in the history of rock music Hepworth is one of the few writers to understand the role of Abrams at all, but he credits Abrams with making pop music better with the semi standardization of Album Oriented Rock AOR formats Now, I d be the first to say there were too many spaced out hippie DJs in college radio who exploited free form music selection methods, but Abrams efforts to standardize music simply cannot be seen as a positive influence by anyone who cares about music as art form.We get plenty of hints at what is to come in the remaining years of the 70s when Hepworth adds stories of the 1971 recording sessions for The Modern Lovers black heart eponymous album, or talks of the pre history of The New York Dolls under the name Actress But again, this shows the artificiality of using 1971 as a signpost Creative beginnings may have happened in that year, but glam rock was still in its infancy, and punk rock had yet to be born.Hepworth could have retained the interesting format of this book and dispensed with the static presentation by expanding its period from, say, 1969 to 1975, calling the book Tweenies Rock Between the Psychedelic and Punk Eras That would have ruined his theory that 1971 held some special place in the pantheon of the arena rock era, but frankly, that theory is baseless in the first place To borrow an image from Heraclitus, Hepworth needs to abandon the static mile markers and just go with the flow. Having enjoyed, Uncommon People, by David Hepworth, I decided to go back to his earlier book, 1971 Never a Dull moment Rock s Golden Year In 1971 I was five, so, unlike Mr Hepworth, most of the music of that year passed me by However, my musical tastes are very much stuck in the Sixties and Seventies and I enjoyed this volume, in which David Hepworth takes a month by month tour through the year and examines the musical soundtrack, while also giving us a social background films, books, the advent of decimal currency of the time.The author suggests 1971 as both the end of the Sixties, and the start of the Seventies triggered by Paul McCartney s writ to wind up the Beatles All four of the Beatles feature in this book, as they embarked on solo careers The various other names featured either having huge success, or just starting out include Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Stevie Wonder and Frank Zappa One of the interesting points made in this book is that these acts are still revered and many are still touring, and selling the albums they made all those years ago This was not just great music, at the time, it has lasted.I listened to this on Audible and enjoyed the author reading his own work occasionally giving a wry chuckle, as he meandered through an incredible musical year During the book, he covers touring, the musical press, the Concert for Bangladesh, live albums, the changing music business, and much To be honest, I am not completely sure I was convinced that 1971 was THE greatest year in music, but it was one of them, and I greatly enjoyed hearing the author s thoughts on why this was and look forward to reading of his work. In all honesty, I was a toddler in 1971, but I have a Masters in Rock n Roll I enjoyed this book, if for no other reason than it s written from the perspective of someone who was coming of age in the UK that year Some might argue that 1971 had many DULL moments mostly involving the continued mass mourning of The Beatles break up but the author was clearly optimistic, and excited about what was going on, and what was coming next As he wrote in the epilogue Anyone can make a case for the popular music of their youth.If you re not British you will find that he devotes only a little over one third of the book to bands and artists in the US He mentions most of them briefly, just not at any length A big exception would be Carol King and Tapestry of which he is obviously a huge fan, but hey, she sold 150 million copies of Tapestry So yes, she was a very big part of 1971 UK bands and artists covered at length The Rolling Stones and accompanying rock royalty, Beatles solo work, The Who, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, T Rex, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart and othersUS bands covered at some length Neil Young, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Sly the Family Stone, and others He talks about the festivals especially The Concert For Bangladesh He also wrote about one disastrous festival I ve never read about The Celebration of Life in Louisiana It s a bizarre story all by itself I wonder if there s a book on that Some other surprises Roxy Music, Jonathan Richman and The Modern LoversAnd Big Star What Ironically I have A Man Called Destruction The Life and Music of Alex Chilton sitting on the nightstand and I intend to read it very soon. I will admit to having some preconceived biases when it comes to the music of 1971, but David Hepworth does a fabulous job of supporting those biases Hepworth makes the case that this was the year that changed the direction of rock music forever His claims are supported with significant research, facts, and analysis He also adds information about cultural and political events which enhances his scrutiny I enjoyed the pieces of trivia as well An added bonus was the list of singles and or albums at the end of each month written about At the end of the book, Hepworth provides a list entitled 1971 in 100 Albums Since Hepworth is British, he included several English fringe bands in his analysis These sections did not really appeal to me However, I could overlook these inclusions because he devoted almost an entire chapter to Carole King s Tapestry album Overall, this book provides much food for thought, and ample topics for discussions between those of us who were fortunate enough to have experienced all of the joy this music brought I highlighted too much of this book to include all of the passages that I enjoyed, but here is a samplingAll the extra cash that came my way was instantly converted into albums There was simple nothing else that I wanted to spend money on Up to that point most of the people who bought albums had been men Tapestry changed all that and pointed to a future where in order to sell huge numbers of long playing records, you had to sell them to women A great deal of the music recorded in 1971 has had an afterlife that none of the people who played it could have predicted Many of the musicians who made those 1971 records are still playing today, in bigger venues than ever These records are not just remarkably good and uniquely fresh they have also enjoyed the benefit of being listened to times than any recorded music in human history 1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock s Golden Year is a supremely enjoyable trawl through the popular music of the year 1971.David Hepworth makes a compelling case that 1971 was the high water mark for popular music I was initially sceptical about this claim As David states, every generation thinks that the music they encounter in adolescence and early adulthood is the most vital and important ever made Having just finished the book, I think David Hepworth may well be correct By any measure 1971 was an extraordinary musical year when many artists made their best work, a year chock full of classic releases, and a period when the seeds of many future genres and trends were sown.What also makes 1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock s Golden Year so enjoyable is that David discusses other things that were happening in his month by month dissection of the year, and which embraces politics, television, social trends, sexism and equality, cinema, social attitudes, and so on It s wide ranging, very well written, and pleasingly contextualises 1971 s plethora of wonderful key artists and their music 5 5 *Download Book ☋ 1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year ↿ A Rollicking Look At The Busiest, Most Innovative And Resonant Year Of The S, Defined By The Musical Arrival Of Such Stars As David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, And Joni MitchellOn New Year S Eve 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 EraThe Following Day, Which Was A Friday, Was You Might Say This Was The First Day Of The Rock Era And Within The Remaining 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, AndDavid Hepworth, An Ardent Music Fan And Well Regarded Critic, Was Twenty One In , 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 Than A Love Song To The Music Of 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 I love all things classic rock, and when the Hepcat scribbler here boldly makes claim that 1971 was most significant year for music ever, well, he had my attention Unfortunately Hepworth fails to address the argument with data or exercise a compelling analysis to prove his point Such leg work could be done comparing an artists popularity over a time, influence over later generations, effect on culture, year by year act by act, hit by hit, etc Or you could just assume it s whatever you listened to when you were 21 He provides appreciatively brief sketches of lesser known artists like Cat Stevens, T Rex, Carole King, and Nick Drake nicely detailing all anyone really needs to know Suspect accounting is littered thruout, as all the action seems to hinge on 1971, even for bands that might have only started and were in fact only popular years later Likewise bands brewing up material in the late 60 s and finding overnight success in 1971, get logged in as part of club 71 It kinda scary to think Hepworth worked in the music magazine writing industry, as I get the impression he stopped discovering new music in the mid 70 s.Perhaps a engaging question to ask is When did Rock die David Hepworth s Never A Dull Moment 1971 claims that 1971 was the most important year in rock history While many fans are sentimental about specific years or time spans, Hepworth makes the case that no other year has produced so much influential, memorable music or generated so many currents that rippled through what came after.Let s begin with a list of some of the albums released in 1971 Carole King TapestryThe Allman Brothers Band At Fill EastMarvin Gaye What s Going OnThe Rolling Stones Sticky FingersLed Zeppelin IVJethro Tull AqualungCarly Simon Carly Simon and AnticipationThe Who Who s NextJohn Prine John PrineThe Beach Boys Surf s UpNitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be UnbrokenBlack Sabbath Masters of RealityNilsson Nilsson SchmilsonThe Doors L A WomanIsaac Hayes ShaftVan Morrison Tupelo HoneyOn that list are some of the best selling albums of all time, including work that influenced what would become blues rock, heavy metal, country rock, and folk rock Some of these albums are from established bands others are by newcomers And it s just the beginning.Here are some songs released in 1971 that have stood the test of time, although they were not on albums as distinguished as those above Get ready to hum Neil Diamond I Am I Said Elton John Tiny Dancer Jackson Browne Doctor My Eyes America Ventura Highway John Lennon Plastic Ono Band Power to the People John Lennon Imagine Don McLean American Pie Yes Roundabout Badfinger Baby Blue and Day After Day Rod Stewart Maggie May Al Green Tired of Being Alone Janis Joplin Me and Bobby McGee Ringo Starr It Don t Come Easy Paul and Linda McCartney Uncle Albert Admiral Halsey James Taylor You ve Got a Friend Bill Withers Ain t No Sunshine The Jackson 5 Never Can Say Goodbye Sly and The Family Stone Family Affair Stevie Wonder If You Really Love Me Whew Those albums and those songs seem like they should be a decade s worth of music, but they all arrived in 1971.Never A Dull Moment 1971 isn t a book of lists It s a book of stories The stories and personalities blend to create a vivid picture of that year in music Hepworth takes us through 1971 month by month, telling about the most important recordings and happenings from each flip of the calendar By examining in detail some of what was going on, we see the recordings in a context as rich as the individual records For example, Motown was changed forever by the 1971 work of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye Then the first big rock concert staged for a cause was George Harrison s Concert for Bangladesh with Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Badfinger, and Leon Russell Rock journalism also took a big step forward as something separate from entertainment journalism with Rolling Stone s The Beach Boys A California Saga cover story about the darker side of the band Mick Jagger got married in a frenzy, and Stevie Wonder was introduced to new musical technology All of these events wrap around the music to provide insights into the culture on both sides of the Atlantic Any discussion of rock music in 1971 requires a balanced view of the British and American scenes, and Hepworth handles that masterfully without any obvious bias toward one side of the Atlantic or the other.Some of the smaller moments are the most memorable, including juicy bits such as Cat Stevens introducing his then girlfriend Carly Simon to her future husband James Taylor, and John Prine s first record deal growing out of a serendipitous late night prowl with Paul Anka.1971 was also the beginning of what Hepworth calls heritage rock as the first generation of rock stars attempted to figure out how to look forward and backward at the same time 1971 was the first post Beatles year George and Ringo did the Bangladesh concert while John and Yoko did their thing, and Paul and Linda did theirs The Rolling Stones were re tooling but created Sticky Fingers, their first record conceived as an album rather than as a song collection The Beach Boys had their distinctive sound but wanted to move beyond songs about girls, cars, and surfing with Brian Wilson largely sidelined by mental problems Bob Dylan reunited with The Band And Elvis Presley went on tour for the first time in almost fourteen years.In addition to the rock veterans, some newcomers were making impressive stirrings Kraftwerk, The Eagles, Roxy Music 1971 also saw the emergence of Alice Cooper, Cat Stevens, David Bowie, and Rod Stewart Think about it That s an amazingly diverse group of artists to be surfacing at the same time.Never A Dull Moment 1971 is an absorbing, fascinating, thoroughly satisfying romp through twelve months of glorious music, dynamic personalities, and raucous goings on.I can recommend the audiobook version of Never A Dull Moment 1971 narrated by Hepworth himself His British accent with a touch of the Liverpudlian is charming and energetic Hepworth never seems to be reading as he enthusiastically tells the tales of this remarkable year.Cross posted in slightly different form on What s Not Wrong