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Britpop: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock
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Britpop: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock
by Harris, John

Beginning in 1994 and closing in the first months of 1998, the UK passed through a cultural moment as distinct and as celebrated as any since the war. Founded on rock music, celebrity, boom-time economics, and fleeting political optimism, this was "Cool Britannia." Records sold in the millions, a new celebrity elite emerged, and Tony Blair's Labour Party found itself returned to government. Drawing on interviews from all the major bands including Oasis, Blur, Elastica, and Suede, and from music journalists, record executives, and those close to government, "Britpop!" charts the rise and fall of the Britpop moment. In this wonderfully engaging, page-turning narrative, John Harris, currently the hottest young music journalist in the UK, argues that the high point of British music's cultural impact also signaled its effective demise.

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Publication date: 22 Sep 2004

ISBN: URN:ISBN:9780306813672

OPAC reference: KOHA-OAI-BCP:5016

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