Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Demise of English Rock

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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, ...
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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

Kaptial Ink Summer 2005
"Writing in a snarky British tone, Harris's flowing prose makes for a great read."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306813672
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2004
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 981,363
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents

Preface to the Da Capo edition
Ch. 1 'It seemed correctly anarchistic not to want to be rich.' 3
Ch. 2 'What's wrong with your mouth?' 25
Ch. 3 Falling over a lot 39
Ch. 4 Pathetic rebellion 56
Ch. 5 For tomorrow 74
Ch. 6 'I'm getting rid of grunge.' 87
Ch. 7 Swab the nose and punch the liver 103
Ch. 8 The Burnage Hillbillies 116
Ch. 9 Planet Stupid 136
Ch. 10 Men who should know better 160
Ch. 11 All the people 174
Ch. 12 'Do you want to be Tony Blair's mate?' 191
Ch. 13 'I said half a million pounds, and no-one laughed.' 201
Ch. 14 The well-oiled German war machine 221
Ch. 15 'I wouldn't carry a horrible little pissed brat around.' 247
Ch. 16 Is this the way they say the future's meant to feel? 266
Ch. 17 'What am I doing? : this is ridiculous.' 281
Ch. 18 'Is this cool or not cool?' 298
Ch. 19 'Wanting to be the biggest is a weakness.' 315
Ch. 20 The last party 329
Ch. 21 'We're leaving : the bar's shut.' 346
App. 1 What happened next 376
App. 2 The musical tastes of Tony Blair 383
App. 3 The music 385
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