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The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Who, and numerous other groups put Britain at the center of the modern musical map. Please Please Me offers an insider's view of the British pop-music recording industry during the seminal period of 1956 to 1968, based on personal recollections, contemporary accounts, and all relevant data that situate this scene in the economic, political, and social context of postwar Britain. Author Gordon Thompson weaves issues of class, age, professional status, gender, and ethnicity into his narrative, beginning with the rise of British beat groups and the emergence of teenagers as consumers in postwar Britain, and moving into the competition between performers and the recording industry for control over the music. He interviews musicians, songwriters, music directors, and producers and engineers who worked with the best-known performers of the era. Drawing his interpretation of the processes at work during this musical revolution into a wider context, Thompson unravels the musical change and innovation of the time with an eye on understanding what traces individuals leave in the musical and recording process.
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction
1. The Velvet Glove: The Art of Production
2. A Question of Balance: Engineering Art
5. Red-Light Fever: Musicians
6. Please Please Me
Posted February 9, 2009
Please, Please Me is an interesting 'insiders' view of British rock and roll in the sixties. I loved the anecdotes from band journeymen who played with the greats during this time. This book has new, well-researched material that brings to light much detail beyond the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. There are the influences of obscure bands (in the USA) that were very influential in Britain on the more well-known groups of the time. I only wish I could have gone to a website to pick up phrases of music that are referred to frequently. Mr Thompson has great insight to the musicological influences of the era and how they contributed to the phenomenal change the sixties represent. A great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.