My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock

In an effort to expand our horizons and turn you on to some really cool new books concerning music, this is the first in a series of book blurbs from our latest contributor Christopher Ambrose.

Text: Christopher Ambrose
Photo: Harry Goodwin

My Generation tells the story of legendary British TV show Top of the Pops from the show’s premiere in 1964 through the remaining glory days of 60s and 70s British rock in amazing portrait and behind-the-scenes style photos by the shows official photographer Harry Goodwin and the words of Alwyin Turner. Mixed in are plenty of photos of The Beatles and The Stones, who have got to be the most documented bands in history, but the books allure and strength are the photos of other stars-to-be and the one-hit-wonders with the stars still in their eyes. Covering beat, Motown, psychadelia, glam and heavy metal the Rock images range from Roy Orbison, The Ronettes, Dusty Springfield and Sandie Shaw to Otis Redding, Pink Floyd, The Bee Gees and Marc Bolan to name just a few and include the odd photos of persons from cool pop-parent party days like Neal Sedaka, Engelbert Humperdinck and Glen Campbell… So many! An essential reference and walk down history lane for anyone interested in where (some of) it all started. It’s worth noting that Alwyn Turner’s other books – Halfway To Paradise: The Birth of British Rock and Cult Rock Posters 1972-82 – Are also essential titles. Enjoy!

My Generation: The Glory Years of British Rock
by Alwyn W. Turner, photographs by Harry Goodwin
V&A Publishing, distributed by Abrams – www.abramsbooks.com

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