Well, I finished reading 'The People's
Music' by Stuart Maconie last night. When I posted about it yesterday, several
people accused me of being unfair. But although some of the later chapters are
better, the book is still a big disappointment. It is just so lightweight. It
reads like a series of columns in a popular magazine. And the mistakes are
unforgivable (Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull did not play the first Glastonbury.
It was Ian A Anderson, an acoustic singer songwriter and a completely different
dude). Other statements remain unsubstantiated. For example it is fairly well
accepted that John Lennon went off in a huff after George Harrison refused to
let Yoko appear at the Concert for Bangladesh. However, Maconie says that his
non-appearance was because of his unwillingness to cut short a holiday. If this
is true, it is actually quite a major thing for Lennon scholars. But where did
he get it from?
I really wanted this book to be good. But
it isn't. Maconie is a fine writer, and I suspect that an editor somewhere took
a hatchet to his prose and dumbed it down outrageously. That, dear readers, is a
sign of the times.
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