1971 - Never a Dull Moment: The Year That Rock Exploded.pdf
On New Year's Eve in 1970, Paul McCartney initiated the proceedings that would wind up The Beatles. It was the end of the sixties, a year later than scheduled. And it would pull down the curtain on the pop era. The following day was the first day of 1971. It was to be the dawning of a new age, and in particular of a year that would become music's most significant, most creative and most innovative since the days of Flower Power. Over the course of those twelve months, rock music would truly come of age. It would see the release of more influential albums than any year before or since. It would see the launching of careers which would span the next forty years - David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell and many more. During those twelve months, in a surge of creativity, playfulness, ambition, technological breakthrough, ego and blissful ignorance, a huge proportion of the most memorable music ever made was released. How did it happen? This book explains. It's the story of 1971, the year rock was born.
David Hepworth has been writing about, broadcasting about and speaking about music since the 70s. He was involved in the launch and/or editing of magazines like Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word among many others. He was one of the presenters of the BBC rock music programme Whistle Test and one of the anchors of the Corporation's coverage of Live Aid in 1985. He has won the Editor of the Year and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. He is a director of the independent company Development Hell and divides his time between writing for a variety of magazines and newspapers, speaking at events, broadcasting work and blogging. He lives in London. 'I was born in 1950,' he says, 'which means that in terms of music I have the winning ticket in the lottery of life'.