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Sweet Dreams charts the rise of the New Romantics, a scene that grew out of the remnants of post-punk and developed quickly alongside club culture, ska, electronica, and goth. One of the most creative entrepreneurial periods since the Sixties, the era had a huge influence on the growth of print and broadcast media, and was arguably one of the most bohemian environments of the late twentieth century. Not only did it visually define the decade, it was the catalyst for the Second British Invasion, when the US charts would be colonised by British pop music - Depeche Mode, Culture Club, Wham!, Soft Cell, Ultravox, Duran Duran, Sade, Spandau Ballet, the Eurythmics and many more - making it one of the most powerful cultural exports since the Beatles. For a while, Sweet Dreams were made of this.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780571353439
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 688
Edition: Main
Publication Date: 1 Oct 2020
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.3(L) x 4.9(W)
Weight (gm): 1060

 

Reviews

"In this colorful and sprawling oral history, Jones (David Bowie: The Oral History), editor-in-chief of British GQ, stitches together quotes from over 100 interviewees on the aesthetic revolution that birthed New Wave." -- Publishers Weekly

"Jones is a wonderful writer, and his descriptions of the scene at the Blitz--the "divine decadence"--are brilliant... Jones makes an airtight case in Sweet Dreams that the New Romantics deserve more respect." -- Splice Today

"One heck of a lot of fun." -- Record Collector News

"The marvellously suave Mr. Jones rehabilitates the scenesters' scene a time and place once dismissed by rain-coated puritans like me, only to be brought gloriously to life years later - like a peacock's fanning tail - in this definitive oral history. It's all here: the swishing, the androgynous preening, the sweetly-dreamt synth-pop splendour of early '80s Britain. Something was happening, and Mr. Jones knew what it was." -- Barney Hoskyns

"Jones' style - part testimony, part documentary - sheds light on one of the most unanticipated and misunderstood shifts in popular music and street fashion, that sudden lurch towards the swank and ostentation of New Romanticism, a style that seemed arrogant and contrary in its origins but would define the nature and direction of music for at least a decade. Compelling reading for those who lived and breathed the indulgence of the era without realising its significance or contemplating its legacy." -- Simon Armitage


Praise for David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones:
"Jones' Bowie opus serves as the ultimate oral history of the artist's life and musical journey." --Billboard

"Beguiling... the fabulosity of Bowie's life and times lends itself extraordinarily well to the oral history form." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds the story of a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path." --Parade

"Superb ... Suits the shape-shifting, beguiling, enigmatic complexities of its subject perfectly. It's hard to imagine anything that will do Bowie better justice."--William Boyd, Guardian

"Revelatory and surprising -- perfect for the Ziggy completist." --New York Magazine

Praise for Wichita Lineman by Dylan Jones
"The author's account satisfies, without a wasted word or the usual cliches of pop-culture writing and with plenty of quotations from the principals involved in making the song an enduring hit. An affectionate homage to an indisputably great song, one that readers will listen to with new ears."--Kirkus Reviews

 

Author Biography

Dylan Jones studied at Chelsea School of Art and St. Martin's School of Art. A former editor at i-D, The Face, Arena, the Observer and the Sunday Times, he is currently the Editor-In-Chief of GQ. His books include the Sunday Times best-seller David Bowie: A Life, the New York Times best-seller Jim Morrison: Dark Star and, most recently, the Amazon best-seller Wichita Lineman. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to publishing.
Sweet Dreams: From Club Culture to Style Culture, the Story of the New Romantics
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