Well, for me, it doesn’t get better than this. Books and Britpop, literally, what more could you possibly ask for?
Who have we to thank for this dream come true? Author Tom Boniface-Webb. This man has produced what could very possibly be the most amazing set of books ever to be published, eat your heart out J. K Rowling.
One of the nation’s favourite eras, Britpop, is brought to life in his ever expanding series of books, Modern Music Masters.
Currently, there are three editions of the series, looking at Blur, Oasis and Pulp. The books aim to give some a trip down memory lane whilst, for some like myself, it’ll be a window into a world I wish I’d experienced.
To get us into the mood, I suggest we look back at some of the biblical tracks these three super groups brought us.
The books look into what the charts were looking like when the bands released some of their most iconic songs.
By not going into plethoras of detail, Tom is hoping to make them accessible to all and easy to read. The books detail tracks, chart positions, who the producers were and where the songs were recorded.
In his own words:
“There are few [music books] that have such a focus on the charts as well. Each release is put alongside what else was in the top 10 that week. As well as a historical document of the time, these books are a total nostalgia fest for those there the first time around”.
The author is no stranger to the world of Britpop though. His previous works have included the likes of I was Britpopped: the A-Z of Britpop.
Looking ahead, Tom is aiming to add more editions to the book. In 2021, Manic Street Preachers, The Verve and Suede are all set to get their own versions released by April.
Tom doesn’t want to stop there though, with ideas of expanding to cover greats like The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys, Paul Weller and many more.
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