Words and Music: A History of Pop in the Shape of a City

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University of Georgia Press, 2005 - Music - 360 pages
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Has pop burnt itself out?

Paul Morley takes the reader on an epic drive through the history of music to find out. A succession of celebrities, geniuses and other protagonists led by Madonna, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Erik Satie, John Cage and Wittgenstein appear to give their points of view. Detours and sights along the way include Missy Elliot, Jarvis Cocker, Eminem, Human League, Radiohead, Lou Reed, Now! That's What I Call Music, Ornette Coleman and the ghost of Elvis Presley.

 

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One of my favourites, albeit with the caveat that it's undeniably pretentious and frequently obtuse. It still provides a new way of looking at music and offers a lot of excellent and oftentimes obscure options for further exploration. Read full review

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One of my favourites, albeit with the caveat that it's undeniably pretentious and frequently obtuse. It still provides a new way of looking at music and offers a lot of excellent and oftentimes obscure options for further exploration. Read full review

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Paul Morley is a magazine and newspaper journalist, TV critic, TV presenter, TV producer and director, record producer, and formerly a musical artist with the group The Art of Noise. His books include Nothing, the acclaimed memoir, and Ask, a collection of his writings from the British pop music weekly NME (New Musical Express).

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