Britpop: it’s the only term that can accurately encompass the bright, bold sound and attitude that burst from the United Kingdom in the ’90s. Beginning with the release of Blur’s single ‘Popscene’ in 1992, peaking with Oasis’ triumphant outdoor live shows at Knebworth in 1996 and closing with Pulp’s come-down album This is Hardcore in 1998, this alternative rock subgenre grew to be one of Britain’s most impactful musical movements of the modern era.
Here, in more than 500 light-hearted but meticulously researched entries, musicians and fans Jenny Natasha and Tom Boniface-Webb pay tribute to a brief but pivotal moment in musical history; turning the spotlight on key players like Liam Gallagher, Brett Anderson, Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn as well as unsung heroes who fought under the red, white and blue banner in the Britpop revolution.
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Reviews of the first edition, from Amazon.co.uk:
‘Nostalgic throwbacks throughout… hasn’t left my coffee table.’
‘A must for any Britpop fans.’
‘Written with real enthusiasm… a fantastic handbook.’
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"If your two main passions are the classic UK guitar-band resurgence of 1992-1998, along with well-researched facts and figures, then this compendium should definitely float your good ship Britpop. Being a small, privileged part of the subject matter I could be accused of bias but I really enjoyed this meticulous analysis of the UK’s last great musical movement. But then my name is an anagram of Anal." Alan Leach (Shed Seven)
Tom was Britpopped in late '95 when trying to impress a girl he asked her who she preferred - Oasis or Blur. The tape of (What's the Story) Morning Glory? soon followed and the rest was history.
"The book is not intended to be read as one continuous piece, but rather dipped in and out of as a reference book. Included are stories from the time, published in the music press or captured in documentaries, as well as our own opinions. This was a scene and movement that we were part of and which means something important to us, and can now finally be told due to the twenty years of retrospect that it has achieved. Even if you weren’t there, this book will help you to get a full understanding of what made Britpop the UK’s last great musical movement."
Jen was Britpopped during the Summer of ’95 in GCSE Art class, listening to Oasis’ Live Forever on her friend’s CD Walkman.
“It was such an exciting time for British music, with new music out every week. Whereas previously I had been listening to The Beatles and most of the 60s guitar bands, Britpop came along and changed everything. Suddenly there were bands I could actually go and see. Bands of my generation. I wanted a souvenir that really captured the whole era, but couldn’t find one. So, an idea was born and I started writing with my good friend Tom. I just imagined this finished A-Z of Britpop lying on my coffee table. When I speak to people about it, they ask if they can have a copy too, once we’d finished... so here we are.”
Edition: Second, revised
Date Published: 2017-11-02
Catalogue Number: VP109
Number of Pages: 348
Cover design by JP Cuison
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