The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock
'The loveliest e" and certainly the most human e" book about pop music I've ever read e A delightful and humane soap opera, a real page-turner, full of rounded and entirely recognisable characters.'
Jon Ronson, Daily Telegraph
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In the summer of 1995 I had just graduated Dartington, was performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, and about to move to North London. Against this backdrop of hope, fear and success/excess a war was breaking out between two bands whose music I will always associate with that time. Taking the Blur vs. Oasis chart rivalry as a central theme, author and ex-NME journalist Jon Harris goes on to chronicle a period of time which saw pop stars at Westminster rubbing gin & tonics with John Prescott, and magazines proclaiming London once more being the most ‘happening’ place to be. As well as the political elements (as Blair courts various musicians in an attempt to get the ‘youth vote’), Harris plots the histories of all the bands of the time, from the great-and-good to the never-heard-of-again. For those of us with fond nostalgic memories of ‘Britpop’ it is an essential book to own. For everyone else it is at the very least a cautionary tale of why music and politics are rarely successful in the same sentence.
Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock
Limited preview - 2004