why cliff lost pink pride – and a tip from lou

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Would like to read Modernity Britain: Opening the Box by David Kynaston – described in The Guardian as “a gleeful and compassionate account of the 1950s that evokes the sumptuous messiness of human experience”.

The review said: “He is also alert to mob-bullying of individuals. Terry Dene, an 18-year-old bicycle messenger, timber-yard labourer and odd-job man in a clock factory, had some months of fame as a pop singer before being conscripted into the army. His persecution by fellow soldiers drove him into a psychiatric ward, and necessitated his military discharge. When he attempted a comeback with a northern tour, his vulnerability excited all the thugs. Slogans of GET YER ‘AIR CUT were daubed on theatre walls. His performances were greeted with jeers, boos and a claque shouting, ‘Left, right, left, right,’ until his career crashed into oblivion.”

This caught my eye because I remember seeing it written somewhere that the turning point in Cliff Richard ‘s career was a concert at the Hammersmith Palais, or somewhere like that, when he was still a pouty little rocker, famous for Move It (1958) – http://tinyurl.com/4cyfkrt  – and Livin Doll (1959).

Cliff wore a pink jacket and a black shirt and the girls probably loved it, but he hadn’t bargained for the reaction of the lads, who threw pennies and abuse.  It scared Richard clean out of his ted impersonation and he never went back to it.

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Kanye West means nothing to me but out of instinctive grumpiness, I was prepared to go along with the general consensus that his new record, Yeezus, was a pretentious mess, until I read Lou Reed’s eloquent praise of it at http://tinyurl.com/km82gcx/

The Guardian found it at thetalkhouse.com, an interesting American magazine specialising in successful musicians writing about music.

Reed said:  “There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old shit.  But the guy really, really, really is talented.  No one’s near doing what he’s doing, it’s not even on the same planet. An enormous amount of work went into making this album.  Each track is like making a movie.”

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