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Britpop! : Cool Britannia And The Spectacular Demise Of English Rock - John Harris

Britpop!

Cool Britannia And The Spectacular Demise Of English Rock

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Published: 13th October 2004
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Beginning in 1994 and closing in the first months of 1998, the UK passed through a cultural moment as distinct and as celebrated as any since the war. Founded on rock music, celebrity, boom-time economics, and fleeting political optimism, this was "Cool Britannia." Records sold in the millions, a new celebrity elite emerged, and Tony Blair's Labour Party found itself returned to government. Drawing on interviews from all the major bands including Oasis, Blur, Elastica, and Suede, and from music journalists, record executives, and those close to government, "Britpop " charts the rise and fall of the Britpop moment. In this wonderfully engaging, page-turning narrative, John Harris, currently the hottest young music journalist in the UK, argues that the high point of British music's cultural impact also signaled its effective demise. After all, if rock stars were now friends of government, how could they continue to matter?"Cool Britannia was an empty promise that was bound to end in tears. John Harris captures the moment when New Labour, desperately wanting to seem hip, invited Britpop into Downing Street. Irresistible."-Billy Bragg

Preface to the Da Capo edition
'It seemed correctly anarchistic not to want to be rich.'p. 3
'What's wrong with your mouth?'p. 25
Falling over a lotp. 39
Pathetic rebellionp. 56
For tomorrowp. 74
'I'm getting rid of grunge.'p. 87
Swab the nose and punch the liverp. 103
The Burnage Hillbilliesp. 116
Planet Stupidp. 136
Men who should know betterp. 160
All the peoplep. 174
'Do you want to be Tony Blair's mate?'p. 191
'I said half a million pounds, and no-one laughed.'p. 201
The well-oiled German war machinep. 221
'I wouldn't carry a horrible little pissed brat around.'p. 247
Is this the way they say the future's meant to feel?p. 266
'What am I doing? : this is ridiculous.'p. 281
'Is this cool or not cool?'p. 298
'Wanting to be the biggest is a weakness.'p. 315
The last partyp. 329
'We're leaving : the bar's shut.'p. 346
What happened nextp. 376
The musical tastes of Tony Blairp. 383
The musicp. 385
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780306813672
ISBN-10: 030681367X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 13th October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1