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The British Invasion The Music The Times The Era By Barry Miles

April 1, 2010
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gp0410_Depts_rants_Brit_nrThis large and beautifully illustrated coffee-table volume pays tribute to the British Invasion in the most liberal sense of the term. Not only does the book cover all of the usual suspects— Beatles, Stones, Animals, Hermits, Zombies, Dave Clark Five, etc.—it explores the preinvasion British acts and American rockers that inspired the invaders, the Yankee competition, and the so-called “second wave” of the British Invasion that extended well into the late ’60s. What is more, it details the connection between British music and British film, television, and fashion, which also stormed the States during the same period (think Bond, the Avengers, and Twiggy). Barry Miles is an accomplished storyteller, and breezes through his well-researched subject matter in a manner fitting for this sort of book, though the occasional odd typo crops up here and there, including misspelling Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s name on page 271 and notorious record mogul Clive Davis’ name two pages later! But minor quibbles aside, this entertaining and informative book should satisfy veterans of the Anglican Assault and neo-revolutionaries alike. Sterling.

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