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Published: 10 September 2008

360 Pages | 12 halftones; 1 line illus.

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195333251

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Please Please Me

Sixties British Pop, Inside Out

Gordon Thompson

Please Please Me offers an insider's view of the British pop-music recording industry from 1956 to 1968, based on personal recollections, contemporary accounts, and data that situate this scene in the economic, political, and social context of postwar Britain. Thompson weaves issues of class, age, gender, and ethnicity into his narrative, beginning with the rise of British beat groups and the emergence of teenagers as consumers, and moving into the competition between performers and the recording industry for control over the music. He interviews musicians, songwriters, music directors, and producers and engineers who worked with the best-known performers.

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