Never A Dull Moment

Never A Dull Moment

1971 The Year That Rock Exploded

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A rollicking look at 1971 - the busiest, most innovative and resonant year of the 70s, defined by the musical arrival of such stars as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni MitchellOn New Year's Eve, 1970, 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 era. The following day, which was a Friday, was 1971. You might say this was the first day of the rock era. And within the remaining 364 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," and more. David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and well regarded critic, was twenty-one in '71, 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 more than a love song to the music of 1971. 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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2016.
ISBN: 9781627794008
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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PimaLib_NormS Nov 15, 2017

According to David Hepworth, author of “Never a Dull Moment: 1971 the Year That Rock Exploded”, 1971 was the year that rock music came of age. That might be so, but as a listener of rock on the radio in those days, I can’t say I noticed. Maybe that is something that can only be realized in retrospect. I do remember some great music from that time, in fact, my favorite song and album came out in ’71. The song is “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, from my favorite album “Who’s Next” by The Who. Coincidentally, Hepworth writes that “ “Who’s Next” sits at the center of 1971’s claim to be the most perfect moment in the short history of rock and roll, and with each passing year that claim grows stronger.” Well, yes. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Actually, though, Hepworth provides a boatload of interesting info about the musicians and the music of 1971. The times they were a’changin’, as the song goes. In addition to “Who’s Next, such timeless rock standards as “Led Zeppelin IV”, “Sticky Fingers” by the Stones, “The Yes Album” and “Fragile” by Yes, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” by the Moody Blues, Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung”, “Tapestry”, by Carole King, “LA Woman” by the Doors, and Badfinger’s underrated “Straight Up”, among many others, burst on to the scene in 1971, “the year that rock exploded.” And, in “Never a Dull Moment”, we see that the effects of that explosion are still rippling throughout our culture today.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 17, 2017

Okay, maybe let's talk about something other than who wrote Badfinger's "No Matter What." I think people are confusing it with "Come and Get It," which McCartney did write. British journalist and writer David Hepworth's book takes on one single year (1971) arguing that it was not only significant because of the amazing amount of iconic albums released (A small sampling includes the Stones, multiple ex-Beatles, Bowie, the Who, Can, Joni Mitchell, and Marvin Gaye.), but because the music business realized it could milk an established artist's catalog for all its worth and bands like the Stones started to cultivate their "brand." Hepworth is an informed, opinionated, and witty guide who loves the music h's talking about, but avoids pretentiousness and abstraction (like Greil Marcus). A great read for fans of 70s rock, which, really, should be everyone.

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swingart
Aug 27, 2017

No Matter What" is a song originally recorded by Badfinger for their album No Dice in 1970, ... which was composed by Paul McCartney. Common knowledge

that's right paul did not write no matter what, a great first single, one of the best, possibly, of all time. he did, however, write, if you want it, here it is come and get it, but you'd better hurry, cuz it may not last. did he produce the track, as George did for badfinger, on day after day.? all in all, badfinger got a raw deal from apple, not john's or ringo's fault, as they had little or nothing to do with them.

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thingmaker
Aug 12, 2016

If you are already well-versed in the pop and rock music of 1971, you may learn a few new things. It needed better editing before being published. Paul McCartney did not write Badfinger's 'No Matter What'. That is a major mistake.

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