• Between 1965 and 1972, political activists around the globe prepared to mount a revolution, from the Black Panthers to the Gay Liberation Front, from the Yippies to the IRA. Rock and soul music supplied the revolutionary tide with anthems and iconic imagery; and renowned musicians such as John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan were particularly influential in the movement. This is the definitive account of this unique period in modern history; a compelling portrait of an era when revolutionaries turned into rock stars, and rock stars dressed up as revolutionaries.

  • When Paul McCartney told the world in 1970 that he had no plans to work with the Beatles again, it was widely viewed as a cultural tragedy by the media and public alike. But one of the most fascinating phases of the Beatles' story was just about to begin.
    Now, for the first time, You Never Give Me Your Money tells the dramatic story of the Fab Four post 1969. It charts the almost Shakespearean rivalry of the Lennon and McCartney families, the conflict in George Harrison's life between spirituality and fame, and Richard Starkey's efforts to escape the alcoholism that threatened to kill him. It also chronicles the transformation of their multi-media company, Apple Corps, from a bastion of 1960s counter-culture into a corporate behemoth.
    The best of rock'n'roll writers, Peter Doggett gives us a compelling human drama, spanning from tragedy to triumphant reunion, and court battles to chart success, tracing the untold story of a group and a legacy that will never be forgotten.

  • Ambitious and groundbreaking, Electric Shock tells the story of popular music, from the birth of recording in the 1890s to the digital age, from the first pop superstars of the twentieth century to the omnipresence of music in our lives, in hit singles, ringtones and on Spotify. Over that time, popular music has transformed the world in which we live. Its rhythms have influenced how we walk down the street, how we face ourselves in the mirror, and how we handle the outside world in our daily conversations and encounters. It has influenced our morals and social mores; it has transformed our attitudes towards race and gender, religion and politics. From the beginning of recording, when a musical performance could be preserved for the first time, to the digital age, when all of recorded music is only a mouse-click away; from the straitlaced ballads of the Victorian era and the 'coon songs' that shocked America in the early twentieth century to gangsta rap, death metal and the multiple strands of modern dance music: Peter Doggett takes us on a rollercoaster ride through the history of music. Within a narrative full of anecdotes and characters, Electric Shock mixes musical critique with wider social and cultural history and shows how revolutionary changes in technology have turned popular music into the lifeblood of the modern world.

  • Avril 1970. Par un simple communiqué de presse, Paul McCartney annonce la séparation des Beatles. Tragédie pour des millions de fans, c´est aussi un geste symbolique, qui marque la fin d´une époque bénie. Et, paradoxalement, le début d´une des périodes les plus passionnantes et les plus mal connues de l´histoire du groupe. Les Beatles, leurs familles, leurs entourages vont en effet vivre à partir de cette date une cohabitation forcée, riche en conflits et en tragédies de toutes natures. C´est à ces quatre décennies, négligées par la plupart des biographies des Beatles, que Peter Doggett a choisi de consacrer la sienne.
    À partir de centaines d´heures d´entretiens avec les principaux protagonistes de cette histoire édifiante, il nous livre des révélations surprenantes, de multiples anecdotes inédites, et nous entraîne dans les coulisses d´une aventure humaine unique et déchirante, celle de quatre garçons réunis par l´amour de la musique, séparés par un succès sans précédent.

    Depuis la rivalité shakespearienne qui oppose les clans Lennon et McCartney, jusqu´aux difficultés de Georges Harrison et de Ringo Starr à se forger une identité hors du groupe, en passant par les impitoyables luttes de pouvoir au sein d´Apple Corps, symbole de la contre-culture dans les années soixante, devenue depuis un véritable empire financier, c´est à une véritable épopée qu´il nous convie ici.



    Peter Doggett est journaliste musical. Il collabore fréquemment à Q et à CQ.


    « Un document captivant qui nous donne une vision des Beatles bien plus intéressante que les habituelles icônes, celle de quatre hommes écorchés, agressifs, sonnés par le succès du groupe. »The Guardian « On savait que de nombreux éléments avaient provoqué des querelles entre les Beatles et entraîné une longue brouille, mais jamais encore on en avait lu une analyse aussi pertinente et fouillée. »Mojo

  • * No artist offered a more incisive and accurate portrait of the troubled landscape of the 1970s than David Bowie. Through his multi-faceted and inventive work, he encapsulated many of the social, political and cultural themes that ran through this most fascinating of decades, from the elusive promise of scientific progress to the persistent fear of apocalypse that stalked the globe.

    * In The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie and the 1970s, cultural historian Peter Doggett explores the rich heritage of the artist's most productive and inspired decade, and traces the way in which his music reflected and influenced the world around him.

    * The book follows his career from 'Space Oddity', his dark vision of mankind's voyage into the unknown terrain of space, to the Scary Monsters album. It examines in detail his audacious creation of an 'alien' rock star, Ziggy Stardust, and his own increasingly perilous explorations of the nature of identity and the meaning of fame, against the backdrop of his family heritage of mental instability.

    * Among the book's wider themes are the West's growing sense of insecurity in the age of oil shortages and terrorism; the changing nature of sexual roles, as represented by Bowie's pioneering adoption of a bisexual persona; the emergence of a new experimental form of rock music that would leave an indelible mark on the decades to come; and the changing naure of many of the world's great cities, including London, New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, each of which played host to Bowie during particularly creative periods of his career.

    * Mixing brilliant musical critique with biographical insight and acute cultural analysis, The Man Who Sold The World is a unique study of a major artist and his times.

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