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Black Vinyl White Powder

Black Vinyl White Powder [Kindle Edition]

Simon Napier-Bell
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The lowly third position of musical pursuits in the familiar cry of "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" suggests what Simon Napier-Bell's book Black Vinyl White Powder makes all too clear: from it's mid-1950s beginnings: pop music has always been intrinsically linked not only with sex, but with all manner of illegal substances. Indeed, it is an often-repeated fact that success in the music business will frequently be accompanied by more than mere musical activity. "Drugs are sometimes as important as talent," explains Napier-Bell in this entertaining and often compelling read, and it is from this angle that he presents his gripping 50-year history of pop.

The author's previous memoir, the often-hilarious You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, detailed his career in the pop industry from his esteemed position as joint-roller for the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra to his later role as manager of huge acts such as Japan and Wham! With such a career behind him, his range of contacts and experiences result in an often breathtaking sprint through the history of pop, incorporating major icons such as Elvis and the Beatles to leading figures from numerous late 90s dance movements. In Black Vinyl he diligently notes the particular pharmaceuticals used in order to satisfy the creative and, more often, hedonistic needs of the artists in question. Fascinating anecdotes abound, from the amusing, (such as the report of keyboard player Graham Bond's frequently heard airport custom's cry, "If you want the drugs I've got them up my arse"), to the tragic, (as figures from Syd Barrett to Kurt Cobain fall by the wayside, their drug habits supported, if not actively encouraged by an industry where such behaviour is the norm).

If a fault can be aimed at this mostly enjoyable read, it is that Napier-Bell's insistence on maintaining the link between drug-taking and the music it frequently accompanies often results in a sensationalist tabloid feel which steers him away from the more revealing anecdotal style that proved so enjoyable in his earlier book. However, his droll approach is always entertaining and Black Vinyl White Powder is recommended to anyone interested in an industry where, according to one interviewee, half of those involved are left with "scrambled eggs for brains". --Steve Price


“The greatest book ever written about English Pop.”-- Julie Burchill


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1024 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 95 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ebury Digital; Auflage: New Reduced Edition (30. April 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00C799QWA
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The cover peels off 8. Februar 2014
Von Tweeggy
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
after reading the book and handling it carefully I still had the problem, that the vinyl coating of the front cover peeled off.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen When more is not enough... 26. November 2004
Von Siriam - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book comes loaded with great raves on the cover by many well known UK writers and critics on UK pop music - why, is easy to see in that the book tells the truth by a longtime insider in a manner that none of those writers have ever approached.

Napier-Bell has a simple thesis which is that UK pop owes it all to drugs and gay culture from the 1950s to date and certainly tells enough anecdotes along the way to support the proposition. His own predelictions (being gay but not into drugs) allow a writing style that seems to match Kenneth Anger and Hunter Thompson in sparing no blushes but also making telling points that this was sadly how it all was.

The most incisive aspects of the book and that justify it being a great read are on the wheeling and dealing by artiste's managers and the record companies and the tricks played along the way to maintain their control, with "rip off" being the only term applicable. With his own involvment with the Yardbirds and Wham being honestly told, the story has a level of depth and range that is rare in other pop books and avoids the researcher/avid fan tomes that litter this area of writing.

An excellent airplane or beach read - gripping but enjoyable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious history of the music biz by industry insider 23. Mai 2004
Von J. Kaufman - Veröffentlicht auf
A fantastic chronological account of the development of the British music business over the last fifty years. Napier-Bell, manager of 'Wham', co-writer of 'You don't have to say you love me' and raconteur tells the story from the point of view of someone who was there. He keeps the anecdotes coming, and there are plenty of them! Tales of excess and indulgence involving George Michael, Marc Bolan, Boy George, Freddie Mercury and a host of other stars of the UK music scene. Napier-Bell createsa real feel of the shifting nature of pop and it's relationship to changing fashions in drug-use. A great behind-the-scenes look and a must for any music fan, the book is as bitchy as it is cynical and most of all, hilarious.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Must read for pop/rock music fans. 20. April 2014
Von ron van zutphen - Veröffentlicht auf
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A funny,comprehensive,insightful, and irreverent look at the (British) pop music industry. Napier-Bell has seen it all and delivers in a refreshing and self effacing style.
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