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End-Of-The-Century Party: Youth, Pop and the Rise of Madchester

Author: Redhead, Steve
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Pub Date: 27/06/2019
ISBN: 9781526142757
Availability: In stock
Quick overview This is the definitive account of the shift in popular music and youth culture that took place in the 1980s. It draws on interviews with DJs, record company bosses, musicians, producers and fans to outline a transition in pop thinking from the obsession with style and packaging to content, socially conscious lyrics and a new authenticity. -- .
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Madchester may have been born at the Hacienda in the summer of 1988, but the city had been in creative ferment for almost a decade prior to the rise of acid house. The end-of-the-century party is the definitive account of a generational shift in popular music and youth culture, what it meant and what it led to. First published right after the Second Summer of Love, it tells the story of the transition from new pop to the political pop of the mid-1980s and its deviant offspring, post-political pop. Resisting contemporary proclamations about the end of youth culture and the rise of a new, right-leaning conformism, the book draws on interviews with DJs, record company bosses, musicians, producers and fans to outline a clear transition in pop thinking, a move from an obsession with style, packaging and synthetic sounds to content, socially conscious lyrics and a new authenticity.

This edition is framed by a prologue by Tara Brabazon, asking how we can reclaim the spirit, energy and authenticity of Madchester for a post-youth, post-pop generation. It is illustrated with iconic photographs by Kevin Cummins. -- .

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