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Dylan Jones, is the award-winning editor of British GQ. He collaborated with David Cameron on the critically acclaimed Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones. In 2013, he was awarded an OBE for services to publishing and the fashion industry.

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And above average guide to the 1990s and in particular 1995. There is a constellation of topics that seems to crystallise and intersect in this midpoint of the decade. There is politics, music, cultural studies, football, use and social activities, and a general vibe of well-being that all came together at this point. This is the story of that, and the hopes and promises that we weren’t quite reached or quite met. This is a story a little bit like hubris and nemesis or optimism and disappointment. A very good , guide to Britain in that… (mer)
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aadyer | Jun 12, 2024 |
Or how a twenty five year-old one-hit wonder reinvented himself as an extraterrestrial pop star and became the most influential pop star of the 1970s here on planet Earth. The Ziggy thing was certainly a high-stakes enterprise; Bowie coming on like a star and surrounding himself with the trappings of success, bodyguards and chauffeur-driven limos, at a time when he had no real fanbase and almost a decade of failure behind him. After that buildup, if the album had flopped, we would certainly never have heard of David Bowie again. Luckily, he had the talent to back up the ballyhoo.

The subtitle, ‘David Bowie and Four Minutes that Shook the World’, refers to Bowie’s appearance on the BBC TV programme Top of the Pops on 6 July 1972 to promote his new single ‘Starman’. Top of the Pops was watched by a family audience of up to fifteen million people each week. His androgynous and homoerotic performance had a profoundly liberating effect on many of the millions of young people who saw it, and it made Bowie a star. Jones rightly regards it as one of those era-defining and transformative pop moments, like Elvis on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show or the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan show. Bowie was a startling flash of colour and strangeness in a monochrome and straight-laced Britain; even if many of us were watching in black and white. As Jones observes, it was one of those extraordinary shared national TV moments which no longer really happen with the decline of appointment television.

There are times when this book feels like a magazine article that has been teased out, not entirely successfully, to book length. There is a lot of rather perfunctory historical context setting and perhaps rather too many autobiographical reminiscences of the author’s adolescence. Still, I don’t want to sound overly negative. Jones writes highly readable prose, and although he doesn’t say anything startlingly original, he makes all the important points about Bowie’s breakthrough moment.
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gpower61 | Aug 8, 2023 |
If you can find this book and you can stand grizzly, drop everything and start on page one. Anyone who thought Silence of the Lambs was a bit lightweight, should go find this book immediately. My friend, Jeanie, got two copies and sent me one. I'd never heard of it or of Jones but knew I had found a new favorite author within the first 20 pages. Tom Meridith was left alive after watching a serial killer torture and kill his girlfriend. His memories and his life have stopped and the killer hasn't. In comes forensic psychiatrist, Natalie Vine to help him recover and remember in hopes of finding this killer. There are scenes in this book that I will never forget. Some research on the author turns up that he is a physician in Wales and has written one novel before this one and one after. I've ordered both and can't wait for them to get here.… (mer)
 
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susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Thought initially it was a good read but it is so repetitive that it just wears you down. Gave up.
 
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adrianburke | 1 annan recension | Dec 10, 2018 |

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½ 3.4
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