Daniel Rachel – Don’t Look Back in Anger

Read by Paul McGann, Louise Brealey, Tania Rodriguez, Shvorne Marks, Jot Davies, David John, Dean Williamson and Charles Armstrong. Introduced by Daniel Rachel, and featuring audio-exclusive extracts from Daniel’s source interviews.

The ’90s was the decade when British culture reclaimed its position at the artistic centre of the world. Not since the ‘Swinging Sixties’ had art, comedy, fashion, film, football, literature and music interwoven into a blooming of national self-confidence. It was the decade of Lad Culture and Girl Power, of Blur vs Oasis. When fashion runways shone with British talent, Young British Artists became household names, football was ‘coming home’ and British film went worldwide. From Old Labour’s defeat in 1992 through to New Labour’s historic landslide in 1997, Don’t Look Back in Anger chronicles the Cool Britannia age when the country united through a resurgence of patriotism and a celebration of all things British.

But it was also an era of false promises and misplaced trust, when the weight of substance was based on the airlessness of branding, spin and the first stirrings of celebrity culture. A decade that started with hope then ended with the death of the ‘people’s princess’ and 9/11 – an event that redefined a new world order.

Through 67 voices that epitomise the decade – including Tony Blair, John Major, Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Tracey Emin, Keith Allen, Meera Syal, David Baddiel, Irvine Welsh and Steve Coogan – we relive the epic highs and crashing lows of one of the most eventful periods in British history.Today, in an age where identity dominates the national agenda, Don’t Look Back in Anger is a necessary and compelling historical document.

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Author: Daniel Rachel
Narrator: Paul McGann, Louise Brealey, Tania Rodrigues, Jot Davies, David John, Dean Williamson, Shvorne Marks, Charles Armstrong
Duration: 18 hours 44 minutes
Released: 19 May 2009
Publisher: Trapeze
Language: English

User Review:

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This is very much an oral history of Cool Britannia, so dont expect too much critical analysis since the people interviewed clearly continue to have their own reasons for glossing over the more cynical aspects of the period. Im not sure how to judge the audiobook, based on how the narrators interpreted the words of different interviewees, which ended up making the people sound very self-important for creating what sounded like a bunch of basic sketch comedy bits sold to a society crying out for something, anything, to latch on to and drag the country out of the doldrums. The whole we were just reflecting what society wanted is such a worn trope by now that its hard not to roll my eyes every time it was trotted out, even when trying to keep everything in context, David Baddiel came off completely deluded, Perhaps the interviewees werent so earnest and were more self-aware, but you wouldnt know it from this audiobook. The snippets of interview recordings didnt really help.

By the end, youd think everyone interviewed were the good guys, and everything they did was “just a bit of fun” that also happened to change the world. Spare me. It did make me dislike absolutely everyone in the book, so perhaps thats a bit of public service. Perhaps that was the intention of the author, to have everyone be absolute pillocks on the record and have that be the rebuke and criticism of the era, but I’m not sure that was worth listening to for 18 hours.