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Liverpool-Wondrous Place: Music from Cavern to Cream Hardcover – October, 2002
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From Library Journal
There are few musical meccas in this world more holy than Liverpool, the rough-and-tumble northern English seaport that spawned the Beatles and the other progenitors of the Merseybeat sound. A British music writer and Liverpuddlian, Du Noyer argues that it was no mere accident that the 20th century's most important pop group came from Liverpool. He convincingly demonstrates that the Beatles' charm and cheek are not unique but traits that define their native city's culture. Most readers will be interested in the first 100 pages or so, with its studies of 1960s Liverpool acts such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Searchers, and, of course, the Beatles. After 1970, the links between the city and the pop stars it birthed become more tenuous. Only diehard fans of 1980s pop music will be drawn to the sections on Echo and the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark. Most of the post-Fab Four Liverpool acts that Du Noyer profiles (such as Wah! Heat, Deaf School, and Half Man Half Biscuit) are virtually unknown in America. Though witty and entertaining, Du Noyer's book is ultimately of very limited appeal. For a richly illustrated alternative, see P. Willis-Pitts's Liverpool: The Fifth Beatle. Recommended for large pop music collections where there is demand for works on British pop or anything Beatle.
Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"The story of Liverpool music is incredibly rich. As you're about to discover" -- Sir Paul McCartney
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