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Hit Factories: A Journey Through the Industrial Cities of British Pop Hardcover – Illustrated, October 8, 2019

4.0 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

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The book's a joy. I wanted to move to Hull while reading that chapter and - almost - wanted to listen to Black Sabbath for the first time since 1974 . . . I love the way Whitney makes such creative use of a good walk and I admire the way he makes the people who created the music we love seem like such nice, bright men and women―Roddy Doyle

[Whitney's] curious compass leads this book on numerous worthwhile diversions. A trip.―Q

There are sounds here for everyone―MOJO

Insightful and provocative―What Hi-Fi? Magazine

Book of the Week―Guardian

An interesting, sharp, swift overview of the UK's pop music history―Times Literary Supplement

An extremely important addition to modern music writing―The Irish Times

A fine document of a golden era for music in the UK's regions―Financial Times

About the Author

Karl Whitney is a writer from Dublin. He has written about music, cities and literature for the Guardian, the Irish Times and the London Review of Books. In 2013 he received the John Heygate Award for travel writing. His first book, Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin, was a Guardian book of the week.

Twitter: @karlwhitney

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
  • Hardcover : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1474607403
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1474607407
  • Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
  • Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson; Illustrated Edition (October 8, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 11 ratings