The People's Music

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Pimlico, 2003 - Music and youth - 262 pages
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In his first book since the acclaimed Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald takes us on a journey through the music of the sixties and seventies. Starting with one of the most important assessments of Bob Dylan to appear in print for many years, these essays range from the psychedelia of the Beatles and the rebellion of the Rolling Stones to the political activism of John Lennon, the 'dark doings' of David Bowie and the spiritual quest of Nick Drake. In the central essay of this collection, 'The People's Music', MacDonald argues that the emergence of the Beatles in the early sixties changed the world of music for ever, as the power in the industry shifted to the audience. Combining a close reading of the music with a detailed understanding of the times, this collection confirms Ian MacDonald's reputation as one of Britain's most important music journalists. Enlightening and entertaining, The People's Music is music writing as its best. Praise for Revolution in the Head:'A triumph - compelling, seductive, delightful- After finishing it, I went out and bought a pile of Beatles CDs and listened to the songs properly for the first time in my life- Quite brilliant.' Nick Hornby'An unprecedented critical feat- The post powerful and enlightening work on British pop since Jon Savage's England's Dreaming.' Time Out'No book has ever taken us closer to the actual music of The Beatles- A brilliant piece of work.' Tony Parsons

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User Review  - Chris Lilly - Goodreads

Excellent, insightful, brilliant on the Beatles and the Stones, then I got to the analysis of transcendent mysticism in the songs of Nick Drake, and... Sheesh. Really really good then really really really really bad. Sorry Ian... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Worth reading if only for the essay "Minimalism and the Corporate Age" Steely Dan and Dylan. What a serious and sad loss when Ian MacDonald took his own life. One of the great music critic originals. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Ian MacDonald was born in 1948. A writer with many interests, he was Assistant Editor of the New Musical Express during 1972-5. He has also worked as a songwriter and record producer, and is the author of The New Shostakovich, The People's Music and The Beatles at No. 1.He died in 2003.

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