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Exam marking's all done, thank the gods for that, and without too much stress.

I went down to Reader's Feast today and picked up John Harris' The Last Party, a history of the Britpop phenomenon of the 1990s, its devolution into "Cool Brittannia" and a New Labour marketing ploy and subsequent demise. It looks pretty interesting, and seems to be much the same subject matter as the recent documentary Live Forever.

This will be only the most recent rise-and-fall-of-a-pop-cultural-era book I will have read; before, I read Ready, Steady, Go! (about the rise and fall of of Swinging London in the 1960s; ta, cyflea) The Sharper Word (a set of essays/excerpts about the Mod culture in 1960s Britain), The Sell-In (the rise and mainstreaming of post-grunge alternative rock in Australia), Adventures in Wonderland (a book about the rise of acid-house/rave culture whose name escapes me), and Tony Wilson's novelisation of 24 Hour Party People (I hadn't yet gotten around to reading From Joy Division to New Order, though I read Touching From A Distance some years back).

I also looked around for the local (or actually UK) edition of Greg Palast's The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, but it seems they had run out of it. I still haven't read most of the books I picked up at the clearance a while back; for some reason, I don't read as much hard-scifi as I used to; and I've got one or two books from last year's UK trip I haven't gotten around to reading.

How often do you buy books for yourself only to never get around to reading them?

All the time
5(38.5%)
Sometimes
8(61.5%)
Never
0(0.0%)
I can't afford to, you insensitive clod
0(0.0%)
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On November 17th, 2003 12:20 am (UTC), spudlee commented:
owing to the fact that i keep wasting money on books i don't usually end up finishing, i finally re-started borrowing books from the library near work, which although small has a nice number of bill bryson's to keep me happy. and also i found this little gem which has been my obsession in recent weeks "a beach guide to sydney"
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On November 17th, 2003 12:23 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
I recently read Bryson's "Mother Tongue", on the history of English, and found it interesting.
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On November 17th, 2003 12:25 am (UTC), spudlee replied:
i'm reading a couple at the moment. down under which is his "i love australia + its dangerous killer animals" schtick but a great read coz its about stuff you know. and "notes from a big country" which is his "i moved back to america after 20 years in england + here are my observations" schtick but its the sort of stuff i love..
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On November 17th, 2003 01:51 am (UTC), fact244 commented:
From Joy Division to New Order is a very, very good read. Tony's book is also good, very funny, and written in authentic Wilsonspeak.
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On November 17th, 2003 04:21 am (UTC), kineticfactory replied:
I don't doubt that; just that I've probably had my fill of the Factory Records story from its various angles, for now at least.

Btw, The Last Party is shaping up well; at least the start isn't the simplistic "everything was dreary shite until it started" so often seen in writing about everything from Mod to Acid House; it looks at the post-punk indie scene of the 80s reasonably well.
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On November 17th, 2003 04:56 am (UTC), addedentry replied:
The Factory Records story seems to have been better served than the Creation Records story, possibly because there are fewer people gunning for Alan McGee than for Tony Wilson, and therefore fewer people to unmask the delusions of being Malcolm McLaren.

When I read it, I thought The Last Party was an exemplary rock book, and there aren't many of those. Enjoy. (I put Touching From A Distance on my Christmas list and my mum asked if it was a Mills & Boon romance. Love will tear us apart...)

As for teetering piles of books, I'm a librarian, so should be comfortable using the legal tax-financed book-sharing system, but I feel I should read the unread bought books before bringing more into the house.
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