The Restless Generation

The Restless Generation

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Media: Book
Catalogue #: JR400180
ISBN: 9780952954071


It was our version of a Hollywood epic, shot in black and white over a ten year period, with no script and a cast of thousands who had to make it up as they went along. Tommy Steele, Cliff Richard, Lonnie Donegan, Terry Dene, Marty Wilde, Mickie Most, Lionel Bart, Tony Sheridan, Billy Fury, Joe Brown, Wee Willie Harris, Adam Faith, John Barry, Larry Page, Vince Eager, Johnny Gentle, Jim Dale, Duffy Power, Dickie Pride, Georgie Fame and Johnny Kidd were just a few of those hoping to see their name in lights.

From the widescreen perspective of one who watched the story unfold, Pete Frame traces the emergence of rock music in Britain, from the first stirrings of skiffle in suburban pubs and jazz clubs, through the primitive experimentation of teenage revolutionaries in the coffee bars of Soho, to the moulding and marketing of the first generation of television idols, and the eventual breakthrough of such global stars as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Castic and irreverent, but authoritative and honest, this is the definitive story.

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Customer Rating Pete Frame's book creates the feel of the period as no other does. This is the way it was. This is the way we were. His sometimes ascerbic but always entertaining comments will probably cause some reassessment of one or two icons but that is one of the reasons it is such a very good read.

Along with the Tommy Steels, the Cliff Richards, and Vince Eagers, he brings to the fore forgotten but seminal bands like the briefly charting Vipers and the City Ramblers. Interviewing the survivors and those who took off from their pioneering work he gives the feel, as no other book on this period does, of what it was like to be there.

Not for the first time Pete has done popular music a great service. There is nothing like it anywhere.


John Pilgrm (of The Vipers)

Customer Rating I didn’t know Pete Frame could write as well as draw! Never before has a book about rock and roll made me laugh frequently and then burst into tears in the last chapter. Having been born in the fifties, I am not familiar with some of the names and at times it can get complicated and obscure – but it’s totally absorbing nonetheless. Wannabe teenagers having the time of their lives, journalists who hated every minute and a manager interested in lads, money and power. Great stuff on every page – and there are 500 of them!

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Published on: 01/10/2007
Format: Biography
Length: 500 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Rogan House
Author: Pete Frame

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