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How the record business grows, shrinks, and then grows again

Advantages: Fascinating account of the music business from a different angle
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...It’s not difficult to find a history of popular or recorded music, written around the musical names who made it happen. Cowboys and Indies takes a different approach. While there is plenty in these pages about several of the most important stars, there is ...

JOHNV 01.03.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry - Gareth Murphy

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Never Turn Your Back on the Sawdust Ring

Advantages: Strong journalism, engaging, entertaining, informative and attractively presented
Disadvantages: A few minor factual errors

Circus Mania” is a much needed dispassionately written book on the British circus scene. In order for this institution to survive, thrive and regain mainstream respectability in the media it needs journalistic appraisal, insight and critique. The author, ...

BlackSwan 22.07.2014 · Read full review
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Review of Circus Mania - Douglas McPherson

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Mozart and Michael Jackson, the boy prodigies, and many others

Advantages: Good, concise study of the subject
Disadvantages: Inevitably a few omissions

...As an award-winning composer of choral music, film and TV scores and stage musicals, Howard Goodall is well qualified to write and present on the subject. Covering something which has flourished for over 40,000 years in every shape and form imaginable is ...

JOHNV 26.12.2013 · Read full review
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Review of The Story of Music - Howard Goodall

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Reads Like Musical Culture - a fascinating insight

Advantages: Interesting & informative
Disadvantages: Some gabbly bits

Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital Lloyd Bradley Spurred on by a favourable review on ciao! I finally purchased a copy of this fascinating book and now I can write my own review based on my reading experience: The Author: Fo ...

LiveMusicLoverLyn 04.02.2015 · Read full review
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Review of Sounds Like London 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital - Lloyd Bradley

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The original British underground music

Advantages: Very comprehensive history - as the title explains
Disadvantages: None

As Lloyd Bradley points out in the introduction to this book, if you stand long enough on any street corner in London today, you will hear music. More often than not it will be black music, whether it is dubstep, hip hop, reggae or any other genre. Once ...

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Review of Sounds Like London 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital - Lloyd Bradley

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