Thursday, 14 February 2013

The Rock'n'Roll Reading List No.1: England's Dreaming

One of the most common questions asked of the guides on the Rock’n’Roll London Walk is: can you recommend a good Rock’n’Roll read.

It’s a tough question to answer in one line. So we’ve dedicated our new blog series to answering it one classic book at a time, beginning with…

England’s Dreaming was first published in 1991 and has been through a number of reprints since. It won the Ralph Gleason music book award and has become required reading for all scholars of rock’n’roll.

The Sex Pistols are at the epicentre of the narrative explosion, but Savage also treats us to an eye-witness account of the period, pulling in a vivid cast of supporting characters from The Clash to Adam Ant, criss-crossing London from the 100 Club to the Screen on the Green in Islington. The politics of the period, analysed in detail here with a deft lightness of touch, provide many a resonance with the present day.

Still at large, Savage is these days an ever-reliable talking head on music documentaries and writes for The Guardian – you can read some of his work HERE

You can buy a copy of this seminal work at Foyles (which is where we picked up our copy, pictured above) by visiting their shop at 113 - 119 Charing Cross Road WC2 (very near the meeting point for the Rock’n’Roll London Walk) or by clicking HERE for their website

The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at Tottenham Court Road Station (Exit 3) every Friday at 2:00pm. £9 per person (£7 concession). Tomorrow's walk is led by Rex.

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