In the City: A Celebration of London Music

In the City: A Celebration of London Music

by Paul Du Noyer


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The definitive history of the city's rich musical heritage draws upon extensive original research, including interviews with David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Joe Strummer, Dusty Springfield, and Amy Winehouse


The West End musicals, Ronnie Scott's jazz club, Abbey Road, mod culture, the Kinks, the Who, and the Rolling Stones are just as much a part of London as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the Routemaster, and in this fascinating history of the city's popular music, London's native talent is explored, from Noël Coward and David Bowie to the Sex Pistols and Amy Winehouse. The London visits of artists such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, who also felt the city's influence, are also noted. From Elizabethan traders and public execution songs, to The Beggar's Opera and East End music halls, right up to modern-day troubadours such as Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen, the guide charts the rich musical heritage and the many styles and characters that have helped define the city's music over the years. Above all, it is a celebration of the city—packed with stories of the people and places that have made London one of the most exciting and innovative musical cities on earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753515747
Publisher: Virgin Books
Publication date: 07/23/2010
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paul Du Noyer is the founder of Mojo magazine and a former editor for NME and Q magazine. His previous titles include The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music, John Lennon: Whatever Gets You Through the Night, Liverpool: Wondrous Place: Music from Cavern to Cream, and The Clash: Modern Icons. He has worked on numerous projects with Paul McCartney, including all of his tour programs.

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