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1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock's Golden Year

Reatness 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 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. David Hepworth s Never A Dull Moment 1971 claims that 1971 was the most important year in rock history While many fans are sentimental about specific years or time spans Hepworth makes the case that no other year has produced so much influential memorable music or generated so many currents that rippled through what came afterLet s begin with a list of some of the albums released in 1971Carole King TapestryThe Allman Brothers Band At Fill EastMarvin Gaye What s Going OnThe Rolling Stones Sticky FingersLed Zeppelin IVJethro Tull AualungCarly Simon Carly Simon and AnticipationThe Who Who s NextJohn Prine John PrineThe Beach Boys Surf s UpNitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be UnbrokenBlack Sabbath Masters of RealityNilsson Nilsson SchmilsonThe Doors L A WomanIsaac Hayes ShaftVan Morrison Tupelo HoneyOn that list are some of the best selling albums of all time including work that influenced what would become blues rock heavy metal country rock and folk rock Some of these albums are from established bands others are by newcomers And it s just the beginningHere are some songs released in 1971 that have stood the test of time although they were not on albums as distinguished as those above Get ready to humNeil Diamond I Am I Said Elton John Tiny Dancer Jackson Browne Doctor My EyesAmerica Ventura HighwayJohn LennonPlastic Ono Band Power to the PeopleJohn Lennon ImagineDon McLean American PieYes RoundaboutBadfinger Baby Blue and Day After DayRod Stewart Maggie MayAl Green Tired of Being AloneJanis Joplin Me and Bobby McGeeRingo Starr It Don t Come EasyPaul and Linda McCartney Uncle AlbertAdmiral HalseyJames Taylor You ve Got a FriendBill Withers Ain t No SunshineThe Jackson 5 Never Can Say GoodbyeSly and The Family Stone Family AffairStevie Wonder If You Really Love MeWhew Those albums and those songs seem like they should be a decade s worth of music but they all arrived in 1971Never A Dull Moment 1971 isn t a book of lists It s a book of stories The stories and personalities blend to create a vivid picture of that year in music Hepworth takes us through 1971 month by month telling about the most important recordings and happenings from each flip of the calendar By examining in detail some of what was going on we see the recordings in a context as rich as the individual records For example Motown was changed forever by the 1971 work of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye Then the first big rock concert staged for a cause was George Harrison s Concert for Bangladesh with Bob Dylan Ringo Starr Eric Clapton Badfinger and Leon Russell Rock journalism also took a big step forward as something separate from entertainment journalism with Rolling Stone s The Beach Boys A California Saga cover story about the darker side of the band Mick Jagger got married in a frenzy and Stevie Wonder was introduced to new musical technology All of these events wrap around the music to provide insights into the culture on both sides of the Atlantic Any discussion of rock music in 1971 reuires a balanced view of the British and American scenes and Hepworth handles that masterfully without any obvious bias toward one side of the Atlantic or the otherSome of the smaller moments are the most memorable including juicy bits such as Cat Stevens introducing his then girlfriend Carly Simon to her future husband James Taylor and John Prine s first record deal growing out of a serendipitous late night prowl with Paul Anka1971 was also the beginning of what Hepworth calls heritage rock as the first generation of rock stars attempted to figure out how to look forward and backward at the same time 1971 was the first post Beatles year George and Ringo did the Bangladesh concert while John and Yoko did their thing and Paul and Linda did theirs The Rolling Stones were re tooling but created Sticky Fingers their first record conceived as an album rather than as a song collection The Beach Boys had their distinctive sound but wanted to move beyond songs about girls cars and surfing with Brian Wilson largely sidelined by mental problems Bob Dylan reunited with The Band And Elvis Presley went on tour for the first time in almost fourteen yearsIn addition to the rock veterans some newcomers were making impressive stirrings Kraftwerk The Eagles Roxy Music 1971 also saw the emergence of Alice Cooper Cat Stevens David Bowie and Rod Stewart Think about it That s an amazingly diverse group of artists to be surfacing at the same timeNever A Dull Moment 1971 is an absorbing fascinating thoroughly satisfying romp through twelve months of glorious music dynamic personalities and raucous goings onI can recommend the audiobook version of Never A Dull Moment 1971 narrated by Hepworth himself His British accent with a touch of the Liverpudlian is charming and energetic Hepworth never seems to be reading as he enthusiastically tells the tales of this remarkable yearCross posted in slightly different form on What s Not Wrong

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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 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 g. I will admit to having some preconceived biases when it comes to the music of 1971 but David Hepworth does a fabulous job of supporting those biases Hepworth makes the case that this was the year that changed the direction of rock music forever His claims are supported with significant research facts and analysis He also adds information about cultural and political events which enhances his scrutiny I enjoyed the pieces of trivia as well An added bonus was the list of singles andor albums at the end of each month written about At the end of the book Hepworth provides a list entitled 1971 in 100 Albums Since Hepworth is British he included several English fringe bands in his analysis These sections did not really appeal to me However I could overlook these inclusions because he devoted almost an entire chapter to Carole King s Tapestry album Overall this book provides much food for thought and ample topics for discussions between those of us who were fortunate enough to have experienced all of the joy this music brought I highlighted too much of this book to include all of the passages that I enjoyed but here is a sampling All the extra cash that came my way was instantly converted into albums There was simple nothing else that I wanted to spend money on Up to that point most of the people who bought albums had been men Tapestry changed all that and pointed to a future where in order to sell huge numbers of long playing records you had to sell them to women A great deal of the music recorded in 1971 has had an afterlife that none of the people who played it could have predicted Many of the musicians who made those 1971 records are still playing today in bigger venues than ever These records are not just remarkably good and uniuely fresh they have also enjoyed the benefit of being listened to times than any recorded music in human history

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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 eraThe 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. Having enjoyed Uncommon People by David Hepworth I decided to go back to his earlier book 1971 Never a Dull moment Rock s Golden Year In 1971 I was five so unlike Mr Hepworth most of the music of that year passed me by However my musical tastes are very much stuck in the Sixties and Seventies and I enjoyed this volume in which David Hepworth takes a month by month tour through the year and examines the musical soundtrack while also giving us a social background films books the advent of decimal currency of the timeThe author suggests 1971 as both the end of the Sixties and the start of the Seventies triggered by Paul McCartney s writ to wind up the Beatles All four of the Beatles feature in this book as they embarked on solo careers The various other names featured either having huge success or just starting out include Bruce Springsteen Pink Floyd the Rolling Stones the Who Carole King Joni Mitchell David Bowie Led Zeppelin Rod Stewart the Beach Boys Bob Dylan the Eagles Neil Young Harry Nilsson Stevie Wonder and Frank Zappa One of the interesting points made in this book is that these acts are still revered and many are still touring and selling the albums they made all those years ago This was not just great music at the time it has lastedI listened to this on Audible and enjoyed the author reading his own work occasionally giving a wry chuckle as he meandered through an incredible musical year During the book he covers touring the musical press the Concert for Bangladesh live albums the changing music business and much To be honest I am not completely sure I was convinced that 1971 was THE greatest year in music but it was one of them and I greatly enjoyed hearing the author s thoughts on why this was and look forward to reading of his work

  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • 1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock's Golden Year
  • David Hepworth
  • English
  • 06 January 2018
  • 9781627793995

About the Author: David Hepworth

David Hepworth is a music journalist writer and publishing industry analyst who has launched several successful British magazines including Smash Hits Mojo and The Word among many others He presented the definitive BBC rock music program Whistle Test and anchored the BBC's coverage of Live Aid in 1985 He has won the Editor of the Year and Writer of the Year awards from the Professional P



10 thoughts on “1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock's Golden Year

  1. says:

    Hepworth has a good line on when everything happened but he has no idea why it happened No insight into the artists the politics or the era but each chapter ends with a list of really great tunes to download Oh and the cheap shots ab

  2. says:

    It's maddening to attempt to review a nonfiction musical history when both anecdotes and writing style are top no

  3. says:

    Having enjoyed “Uncommon People” by David Hepworth I decided to go back to his earlier book “1971 – Never a Dull moment Rock’s Golden Year” In 1971 I was five so unlike Mr Hepworth most of the music of that year passed me by However my musical tastes are very much stuck in the Sixties and Seventies and I enjoyed this volume in which David Hepworth takes a month by month tour through the year and examines the musical soundtrack

  4. says:

    When I saw the year this covered I knew I had to read it I was born in 1971 and so I have grown up listening to m

  5. says:

    I will admit to having some preconceived biases when it comes to the music of 1971 but David Hepworth does a fabulous job of supporting those biases Hepworth makes the case that this was the year that changed the direction of rock music fore

  6. says:

    1971 Never a Dull Moment Rock's Golden Year is a supremely enjoyable trawl through the popular music of the year 1971David Hepworth makes a compelling case that 1971 was the high water mark for popular music I was

  7. says:

    In all honesty I was a toddler in 1971 but I have a Masters in Rock n’ RollI enjoyed this book if for no other reason than it’s written from the perspective of someone who was coming of age in the UK that year Some might argue that 1971 had many DULL moments —mostly involving the continued mass mourning of The Beatles’ break up—but the author was clearly optimistic and excited about what was going o

  8. says:

    I love all things classic rock and when the Hepcat scribbler here boldly makes claim that 1971 was most significant year for music ever well he had my attention Unfortunately Hepworth fails to address the argument with data or exercise a compelling analysis to prove his point Such leg work could be done; comparing an ar

  9. says:

    David Hepworth's Never A Dull Moment 1971 claims that 1971 was the most important year in rock history While ma

  10. says:

    Was 1971 the greatest year of rock music?it certainly was one of the best but I would argue that the great era stretched a

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