Pop musics a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer? But whats fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. Hes interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this collection of essays written throughout his career, Hepworth shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it. From the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record shop via the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres; with characteristic insight and humour Hepworth asks some essential questions about music and, indeed, life: is it all about the drummer; are band managers misunderstood; and is it appropriate to play Angels at funerals? As Pope John Paul II said of all the unimportant things, football is the most important. David Hepworth believes the same to be true of music and this selection of his best writing, covering the music of last fifty years, shows you precisely why.

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