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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 Mitchell.

On 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 a well-regarded critic, was 21 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.

©2016 David Hepworth (P)2016 Recorded Books

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A blast from the past

Very enjoyable for someone like me who was there in 1971. I especially like all the political and cultural context filled in. The author is a bit cynical, but then I suppose some of it is justified. But very enjoyable and interesting, and well read by the author.

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  • Ronald
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 08-02-17

A great idea, and well executed.

What a wonderful reminder of the incredible music that was produced at this time in history! David Hepworth put together a great mixture of context, anecdotes, analysis and enthusiasm for this book. The framework is a month-by-month walk through of the album releases and other events taking place in- and outside the music world. But it is much more than just a timeline or cataloging of what happened. Hepworth also makes it clear that this was a very special time in music history. All of the stars were in their 20's. The music the produced is still played regularly today.

Hepworth does a great job at narration. I think non-fiction is usually best narrated by the author, and this is no exception. No one else can give it the feel that is sometimes necessary to keep your attention where there is no plot. Hepworth does so with enthusiasm.

My only small criticism is that he seems to have favorites. David Bowie nearly walks on water, whereas Neil Young sinks on feet of clay. Maybe he knows what he's talking about, but it comes off as a little uneven.

Definitely a worthwhile book, especially if you were around at the time and want a reminder of how wonderful it really, really was.

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  • Tom
  • Warm Springs, Georgia
  • 08-22-18

A Special Time in the History of Pop Music

This book is much more than a trip down Memory Lane. Hepworth does a really good job of evoking a very important year for Pop Music in general and Rock in particular. He traces the background and development of an incredible number of memorable songs and albums released in 1971.

He makes a good argument for 1971 as a Golden Age of Rock and the anecdotes and profiles he shares of the musicians and producers behind the music support his thesis. For Baby Boomers like me Rock was the soundtrack of our lives. All the tumultuous events of the late 60’s and early 70’s were accompanied by these sounds.

The author uses these stories to evoke an Era that impacted the world we live in today. He paints pictures of the players and traces the trends they created or rode. But this is more than a music list, though that list is there. It’s a documentary of an Age.

My only complaint is that each chapter devotes a few pages to accounts of happenings on the British Music scene. This is to be expected. It’s a British Book after all, but many of the referenced artists and their work are totally unknown to me. My problem, not the book’s, but I mention it as a caveat to future readers.

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Too much Info

To much info crammed into this book. The authors voice was annoying. Hard to follow

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1971 Great year in Rock History!

He presents a compelling case for 1971 being the most substantive year in the rock era. A lot of interesting information and behind the scenes intrigue of many rock ledgands. If you love classic rock and roll, I highly recommend this one!

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a baby boomer walk down memory lane!

this terrific book, it brought back so many memories of my youth and the story and facts are well put together. I highly recommend this book if you are over 50 years old and loved music in that time period

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Fucking Spectacular!

David Hepworrh is my new rock guru: he knows his shit inside-out and backwards and his text (and deft delivery thereof) is rye and subtly hilarious in a way only an English elder statesman can be. I'm reading it again--this time, I'm getting drunk!

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I was born in 1971

So this is like a backstage pass to the soundtrack to my life. Thanks David.

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  • Aztex
  • Desert Southwest
  • 06-20-17

Ugghhhh!!!!!!!

British douche bag fawning over Bruce Springsteen for the first 20 minutes.....

Another one of those books that goes over and over the premise instead of getting right to it.

The idea is great! I agree 1971 was a watershed year and perhaps the author gets off his high horse and starts in perhaps this book would have some promise.

But in my experience if books start off this way they continue on.

All this coupled with a haughty british accent makes it wholly unbearable!

Returned!

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Narrow minded

A few additional entertaining tidbits for this year but a very narrow look at a PERIOD of musical genius and productivity and ended in 1971.

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