Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock

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Da Capo Press, 2004 - Music - 426 pages
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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
  

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Review: Britpop!: Cool Britannia And The Spectacular Demise Of English Rock

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

Blur or Oasis? How about Elastica, Pulp and Suede? This is a very compelling read that deftly dissects an interesting mid-nineties music scene that quickly became overhyped and hostile. If you ... Read full review

Review: Britpop!: Cool Britannia And The Spectacular Demise Of English Rock

User Review  - Kimba - Goodreads

My edition is "The Last Party". Great book about Brit culture in the 90s. Being a massive Oasis fan I couldn't resist the juicy Britpop rivalry with Blur. Read full review

Contents

lt seemed correctly anarchistic riot to want to be rich
3
Whats wrong with your mouth?
25
Falling over a lot
39
Pathetic rebellion
56
For Tomorrow
74
CHAPTERS Im getting rid of grunge
87
Swab the nose and punch the liver
103
The Burnage Hillbillies
116
The welloiled German war machine
221
I wouldnt carry a horrible little
247
Is this the way they say the futures
266
CHAPTER 1? What am 1 doing? This is ridiculous
281
Is this cool or not cool?
298
Wanting to be the biggest is
315
The last party
329
Were leaving The bars shut
346

Planet Stupid
136
Men who should know better
160
All the people
174
Do you want to be Tony Blairs mate?
191
I said half a million pounds and noone laughed
201
ENDPIECE
367
What happened next
376
The musical tastes of Tony ilair
383
Select Bibliography
406
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About the author (2004)

John Harris is the author of Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, the Guardian, NME, Select, and New Statesman. He lives in Hay-on-Wye, England.

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