My Pack Pages – The Music Book Club 1:4

Welcome to episode 4 of My Back Pages!

In the first three episodes of this series we looked at Bob Dylan Troubadour Tales, David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue and Clemency Burton Hill’s Year Of Wonder. Catch-up with those episodes here…

Ep.1 Troubadour Tales Bob Dylan In London

Ep.2 Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Ep.3 Year of Wonder by Clemency Burton Hill

In episode 4 I’m hitting Camden Town, Soho and Westminster – via Manchester, Sheffield and Essex – for John Harris’s brilliant account of the Britpop years The Last Party. I’m looking forward to covering this territory when I launch the Rock’n’Roll Camden tour on the schedule in 2023 (available now as a private tour).

If you’ve read The Last Party and want to share your thoughts, please drop me a line or leave a comment at the end of this post – and I’m always keen to hear your recommendations for music books too.

As usual, keep in touch and I look forward to seeing you on the pavement or on Zoom for a London Music Tour very soon

November 2022

Series One, Episode Four: The Last Party

The Last Party

Written by John Harris

Published by Harper

Published 2003

Paperback £8.99

Further Reading…

Two of the protagonists of the scene – Jarvis Cocker of Pulp and Graham Coxon of Blur – have both had books out this year (2022). Cocker’s is a typically smart, witty and incisive take on music…

…while Coxon takes us on his journey through Blur and on to his low-key but very rewarding solo career.

Support Your Local Bookshop

In this episode of My Back Pages I’m recommending a second-hand shop on the route of my Rock’n’Roll Camden tour. Have a look at this TikTok for the location of Rock’n’Roll Rescue where you can find books, records, CD’s, tapes, instruments and equipment…

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