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Never a Dull Moment: 1971 - The Year That Rock Exploded

af David Hepworth

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"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"--Amazon.com.… (mere)
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This is a fun book, and Hepworth digs lightly into the life and times of each month of 1971, letting us know what was new on TV, how much gas cost, what the fashions were, etc.

He also talks a lot about (surprise surprise) the artists and the music of each month and makes a good case for it being a banner year for music. And, of course, it was. Bowie put out two albums. Lennon's Imagine came out. As did Carole King's Tapestry. And a ton more.

But to be honest, I think you could also make the same case for 1973, 1975-77, and likely 1979 at the very least, if not every damn year of the 70s. It was a great decade for music.

Like I said, a fun book, with lots of interesting anecdotes and mini-biographies. If I have one complaint, it's that the author, who also narrated this audio book, sounds constantly like he's pronouncing The Who's Baba O'Riley song as "Barbra O'Riley".

Which is just weird. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is a great book looking at the music in 1971. Hepworth does a wonderful job talking about the major players from the year.

The decision to structure this book by the month provides it with the scaffolding needed to discuss such diverse artists. This book discusses The Rolling Stones, T. Rex, The Who, and David Bowie among others. Standing behind everyone in the not so distant background are the various members of the Beatles, who appear at different points of the book because of how intertwined they were in the music industry. Without the month by month structure, the book would have felt very scattershot.

A book like this needs to provide some juicy, unknown details. Hepworth doesn’t just focus on the music. He also talks about their lives, like how some of the stars had to deal with crazy fans while trying to raise families at the same time. But the work dwarfs everything else, another issue Hepworth talks about when discussing the mansions these new stars were buying. The paramount concern for people like Neil Young was that the house have the ability to house a recording studio. Hepworth obviously did some deep research, because I felt like I knew the bands by the end of the book.

This is a great book for the music fan in your life. ( )
  reenum | Jun 8, 2021 |
1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year by David Hepworth is a look at the revolutionary musical year and how it changed the future of rock music. Hepworth is a music journalist, writer, and publishing industry analyst who has launched several successful British magazines, including Smash Hits, Q, Mojo and The Word, among many others.

I was eight in 1971 and although a bit young to remember most of the year I do remember bits and pieces. It was the year All in the Family aired. I thought Archie Bunker was funny but didn't understand the humor. It was the year astronauts rode the moon buggy on the surface of the moon. In music, how could anyone miss "Joy to the World", "Maggie Mae", and "Me and Bobby McGee". I remember the music because for the large part it is still around. Granted (and maybe, fortunately) the Osmonds’ "One Bad Apple" has gone away.

It was the start of the era where music stayed and although it was still around, bubblegum pop was being pushed aside. The big names came out and moved to their prime. Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, and Black Sabbath all found traction in 1971. The music industry started to change too. No longer was it waiting to play number one songs. It actively searched for them. Stations realised that it was better business to discover new music than merely follow along. I was fortunate to grow up with a very progressive radio station, WMMS, that promoted new bands. It was also the era of album rock and longer songs like "Stairway to Heaven" and the 45 you had to flip over to listen to the whole song "American Pie."

Hepworth examines the stories behind the music how the industry thought they were getting a mediocre album from Carole King. Even the photographer for the album cover arrived to find a frizzy-haired woman in jeans and a pullover sweater. She looked like she was about to go work in the garden not make an album cover. The photographer put her cat in the frame and suddenly "Tapestry" became an iconic album. Tomboy Karen Carpenter came to fame as the drummer who sang. Once she was moved from behind the drums to center stage she became self-conscious of her looks and body which eventually lead to tragedy. December 1970 was the end of the Beatles and 1971 was the year Mick Jagger worked to save the Stones from breaking up. Black Sabbath released “Sweet Leaf” showing that Keith Richards wasn’t the only one who could experiment with guitar tuning. And on the subject of experimental, Pink Floyd released “Meddle”.

1971 was a unique year. Music spread. The “Theme from Shaft” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” brought music to other media. Just a quick glance at the top albums shows how 1971 shaped music -- Led Zeppelin IV, Who’s Next, Hunky Dory, Sticky Fingers, LA Woman, Aqualung, The Yes Album, Pearl… 1971 is a playlist in a year. Even for me, the music from bands and singers I normally wouldn’t listen, Joni Mitchell or Funkadelic, to all made music that I like. Hepworth knits the year together and explains the importance of that year in music combines it with pop culture. One would be hard pressed to find another year that offers the range and quality of music.
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  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
E’ più pertinente il sottotitolo originale ‘Senza un attimo di tregua’ che si adatta alla perfezione a un anno intenso nel mondo del rock, contrassegnato dalla frenesia e dal cambiamento tipici del diciassettenne che il genere allora era (e pare incredibile). Al contempo, si tratta di un’età di passaggio verso l’età adulta: ecco l’inarrestabile scivolamento dai singoli ai 33 giri, l’inizio di una prospettiva storica (ovvero i dischi vecchi non sono più anticaglie) da parte di ascoltatori la cui età media stava crescendo.
E’ pur vero però che il sottotitolo italiano è ben presente nel libro, a partire dalla prefazione in cui l’autore mette le mani avanti: quella è la musica dei suoi vent’anni e si sa che ognuno è estremamente affezionato alla propria. Ne deriva un viaggio che percorre l’anno eponimo mese per mese, narrando la genesi e il successo degli album più significativi con relativa contestualizzazione nello spirito dei tempi: il trauma dello scioglimento dei Beatles, il tramonto del movimento hippy, il vacillare di giovanotti nati poveri e travolti da un fiume di denaro e di droga (la deboscia spunta sovente quasi per cercare di tirar giù i musicisti dal piedistallo).
Stiamo parlando di una scena musicale che aveva una rilevanza minore di ora, ma anche un assai più accentuato attrito con la società circostante: il suo concedersi lentamente all’abbraccio dello show-business ne segna il successo e la contemporanea trasformazione. Il racconto su apre con ‘Tapestry’ di Carole Kinge si chiude con Elvis a Las Vegas: in mezzo una marea di aneddoti a volte esilaranti e a volte cupi oltre a una serie di figure spesso costrette ad avere a che fare con il loro mondo impazzito all’improvviso.
Lo stile di Hepworth è intriso di un umorismo molto britannico che gli consente di raccontare i rivolgimenti in ambito musicale (e non) su entrambe le sponde dell’Atlantico - ma il disco dei dischi dell’anno e inglese, of course - con una leggerezza che rende piacevolissimo lo scorrere delle pagine e potrebbe interessare pure il non appassionato. Lo scrittore non si preoccupa di nascondere le proprie preferenze (Marvin Gaye ne esce maluccio assai) e, forte del disclaimer iniziale ripetuto nell’epilogo, innalza il 1971 dove dovrebbe probabilmente stare tutto il periodo che lo circonda: una forzatura che regala però un libro divertente eppure capace di offrire un’ingente messe di informazioni (utilissime le playlist alla fine di ogni capitolo). ( )
  catcarlo | Sep 17, 2019 |
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David Hepworth makes a bold claim, right on the front cover. Even before starting, I had my doubts about music converging in one year to breakout and release a torrent of great music and genres that would continue for decades. In reality, the music scene is small, and artists tend to listen to great music, which helps to propagate award winning, multi-platinum material. What Hepworth shows us, in amazing detail, linking people and events by strands, is a domino effect in history (like James Burke's "Connections"). Happening in a studio on the other side of the world, amid cables, amps, guitars, sheet music and people, ripples to the other side, then echoes on for months. Our ears were blessed every day with the music that came out in the early "70s, we rejoiced in it with free radio, until the decades lapsed. Hepworth reminds us to dig out the old vinyl or tapes, and listen again. ( )
  jimcripps | Jan 19, 2018 |
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"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"--Amazon.com.

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