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Never a Dull Moment


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David Hepworth is a music journalist, writer, broadcaster, and publishing industry analyst who has launched several legendary British magazines, including Q, Mojo, and The Word, among many others. He was a presenter of the BBC's rock music program Whistle Test and anchored the BBC's coverage of Live Aid in 1985. He has won Editor of the Year and Writer of the Year from the Professional Publishers Association and the Mark Boxer Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. He writes about radio for The Guardian, comments on cultural and media issues for many magazines and newspapers, and blogs at


"Wonderful storytelling."
-Forbes"Soon every post-war year will have its own tombstone book, but this is already one of the best."
-GQ, Editor's Hit List "[An] expansive overview of the high-water mark of rock's album-oriented maturity....[Hepworth is] sharp and zingy....his mix of garrulousness and dry wit makes Never a Dull Moment a zip to read."
-NPR"Cleverly crafted chapters form a glittery, boisterous month-by-month calendar of the 'annus mirabilis...the busiest, most creative, most innovative, most interesting, and longest-resounding year' of an era that produced music we are still listening to."
-Elle "A revelatory account of the bombshell 365 days that gave birth to what the author dubs 'the rock era.'"
-O: The Oprah Magazine"Hepworth brings rare perspicacity into the business machinations of the era, whose movers and shakers were, as he points out, often from a previous, less starry-eyed generation...Never a Dull Moment lives up to its title."
-The Guardian "With its apt title, Never a Dull Moment makes you want to be twenty-five in the '70s again."
-Associated Press

"[An] entertaining exploration of the year in music that was 1971....[His] chronicle of the year is loaded with gossipy anecdotes, adroit criticism, and earnest affection for the musicians, record executives, and technicians who defined it. An exuberant tour through a pivotal year in the development of popular music and culture."
-Kirkus Reviews"[Never a Dull Moment
is] laced with a wisdom gathered over many years as a journalist and industry insider, and with an enthusiasm for the music and an understanding of the economics driving the evolution of popular culture...a highly readable reassessment and a convincing argument for the importance of a year in which the culture of rock began to be aware that it was living out its good old days."
-New Statesman"Fascinating cultural history...Vivid, irreverent prose and analytic insight distinguish the book from the legion of Boomer nostalgia titles. Alongside the requisite gossip, Hepworth's magisterial overview notes the exploitation of nostalgia, the rise of the singer/songwriter, the elevation of rock stars into louche aristocrats, and the transformation of FM radio to an album-oriented rock format."
Publishers Weekly"An engaging and thought-provoking read... Hepworth points out more than once that at the time he had no idea how lucky he was. He knows now - and so do we."
-Mail on Sunday "One of the many strengths of Hepworth's book is that it combines both perspectives: emphasizing how much a part of 21st-century life these albums remain, while also reminding us that, back when they were made, what most people took for granted was pop's lack of a shelf life...Near the beginning of this richly enjoyable book, Hepworth argues that 1971 saw the pop era giving way to rock. Even so, his own approach is much more like the best pop: never taking itself too seriously, essentially out to entertain but also an awful lot smarter than its absence of solemnity might lead you to think."
The Spectator"David Hepworth's argument is simple: 1971 was 'the most febrile and creative time in the entire history of popular music.' It's an enormous assertion but he makes his point with infectious enthusiasm . . . Whether you agree is beside the point. This is a compelling love letter to a year of timeless music."
-Q"A clever and entertaining book . . . Hepworth proves a refreshingly independent thinker. His style is pithy and his eye for anecdotal detail sharp . . . a thoroughly provoking delight."
Daily Telegraph"Scientifically unprovable but entertaining, illuminating and lipsmacking . . . a mighty fine and convincing read."
-Classic Rock "This is no 'my generation is cooler than yours' nostalgia trip. Just as movements in art, jazz or TV undeniably had Golden Ages then so too with the long-playing record and its seismic effect on subsequent generations. David Hepworth's forensic sweep of this astonishing twelve months is thoroughly absorbing and appropriately rollicking, expertly guiding us through one miraculous year in all its breathless tumble of creation."
-Danny Baker, British journalist, Radio DJ, and presenter of several BBC Radio shows including Morning Edition, Radio 1, and others"There's a bit of a fashion at the moment for books focusing on a particular year and David Hepworth's 1971 is one of the best"
-Choice"If you haven't listened to the albums discussed in this book in a while (or never have), reading Never a Dull Moment will make you pull them up on your device and give them a listen. That is how good this book is."
-Counterpunch "A good mix of entertainment, insight and odd facts. Hepworth's thesis is...convincing"
-Mojo"A witty, exhaustive look at the remarkable 12-month period that produced Led Zeppelin IV, the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, Carole King's Tapestry and Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, to name just a few titles in a very tall stack of landmark albums... With a little luck, Never a Dull Moment might inspire today's young musicians to seek out a copy of Led Zeppelin IV or Sticky Fingers and use it as a springboard to invent their own brave new sound in rock 'n' roll."
--Dallas Morning News

"A fast ride through that year proving that the hot pants sensation was not the only thing making news."
-The Charlotte Observer

"Fond, funny, beautifully written and fizzing with sharp and sweeping theories that instantly feel like facts."
-Mark Ellen, British magazine launcher, editor and journalist, and recipient of the British Society of Magazine Editors' Mark Boxer Award

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