Please Please Me: Sixties British Pop, Inside Out

Please Please Me: Sixties British Pop, Inside Out

by Gordon Thompson
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Oxford University Press, USA


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Please Please Me: Sixties British Pop, Inside Out

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780195333183
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/10/2008
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gordon Thompson is Professor of Music at Skidmore College.

Table of Contents

Credits     xi
Introduction: Approaches and Material     3
The Velvet Glove: The Art of Production     47
A Question of Balance: Engineering Art     105
Mediating Change: Setting Musical Directions     131
The Write Stuff: Songwriting and the Articulation of Change     167
Red-Light Fever: The Musician's Life     233
Please Please Me     269
Sixties London Recording Studios     279
Selected Discography     281
Bibliography     307
Song Index     315
General Index     319

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