David Hepworth – Nothing Is Real

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Nothing Is Real: The Beatles Were Underrated and Other Sweeping Statements About Pop, written and read by David Hepworth.

Pop musics a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer?

Whats fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. This relationship gets more complicated the longer it goes on. Its been going on now for 50 years.

David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. Hes interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us.

In this wide-ranging collection of essays, he shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it. From the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record shop, from top tips for bands starting out to the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres, with characteristic insight and humour, he explores the highways and byways of this vast multiverse where Nothing Is Real and yet it is, emphatically and intrinsically so. Along the way he asks some essential questions about music and about life: is it all about the drummer, are band managers misunderstood and is it appropriate to play Angels at funerals?

As Pope John Paul II said of all the unimportant things, football is the most important. David Hepworth believes the same to be true of music, and this selection of his best writing, covering the music of last 50 years, shows you precisely why.

Author: David Hepworth
Narrator: David Hepworth
Duration: 6 hours 12 minutes
Released: 18 Jan 2011
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
Language: English

User Review:

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This is a very short, but still useful, history of Baroque music. The only puzzle is the strange choice of musical examples (less than stellar examples of a composer’s work), and their unnecessarily length (5-10 minutes, including many repeats, when 1-2 minutes would be more helpful).