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  • How the LP Saved Our Lives
  • By: David Hepworth
  • Narrated by: David Hepworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Fabulous Creation, written and read by David Hepworth. 

The era of the LP began in 1967, with Sgt Pepper; The Beatles didn’t just collect together a bunch of songs, they Made an Album. Henceforth, everybody else wanted to Make an Album. 

The end came only 15 years later, coinciding with the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. By then the Walkman had taken music out of the home and into the streets, and the record business had begun trying to reverse engineer the creative process in order to make big money. Nobody would play music or listen to it in quite the same way ever again.

It was a short but transformative time. Musicians became ‘artists’ and we, the people, patrons of the arts. The LP itself had been a mark of sophistication, a measure of wealth, an instrument of education, a poster saying things you dare not say yourself, a means of attracting the opposite sex and, for many, the single most desirable object in their lives.

This is the story of that time; it takes us from recording studios where musicians were doing things that had never been done before to the sparsely furnished apartments where their efforts would be received like visitations from a higher power. This is the story of how LPs saved our lives.

©2019 David Hepworth (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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A Fabulous Author

This is the 3rd book I have listened to from David Hepworth, after "Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994" & "Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There: How a Few Skinny Brits with Bad Teeth Rocked America". This book was not as good in terms of narrative content & story but I'm finding it really does not matter what David is talking about, as long as it's David doing the talking you are bound to get a good story & opinion on the artistic merits of rock n roll, it's stars, the industry & it's history. And thankfully it's narrated by the author so you get all the intonation & sarcasm of his voice & cursive wit. Do your ears a favour, if you love stories about the music you may have grown up with, that of the 60's & 70's then pick up any of David's books (I'm about to do my 4th) & just sit back & listen.

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Another great piece of work by Hepworth, enjoyed as with the others, a pleasure to listen to.

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