• A Fabulous Creation

  • How the LP Saved Our Lives
  • By: David Hepworth
  • Narrated by: David Hepworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Fabulous Creation, written and read by David Hepworth. 

The era of the LP began in 1967, with Sgt Pepper; The Beatles didn’t just collect together a bunch of songs, they Made an Album. Henceforth, everybody else wanted to Make an Album. 

The end came only 15 years later, coinciding with the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. By then the Walkman had taken music out of the home and into the streets, and the record business had begun trying to reverse engineer the creative process in order to make big money. Nobody would play music or listen to it in quite the same way ever again.

It was a short but transformative time. Musicians became ‘artists’ and we, the people, patrons of the arts. The LP itself had been a mark of sophistication, a measure of wealth, an instrument of education, a poster saying things you dare not say yourself, a means of attracting the opposite sex and, for many, the single most desirable object in their lives.

This is the story of that time; it takes us from recording studios where musicians were doing things that had never been done before to the sparsely furnished apartments where their efforts would be received like visitations from a higher power. This is the story of how LPs saved our lives.

©2019 David Hepworth (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Neil
  • 03-30-19

Enthralling

This is yet another compelling book by David Hepworth. I believe I've heard them all. Whilst it overlaps in some areas with previous work at no time did I feel cheated or that it was a repackaging effort. I click with David I suppose because I'm of a similar age and with a common interest in music of the same style and era. So if you too grew up spending much of your disposable cash on LP records and still retain an interest in them then this is a highly recommended listen.
Its much more than just a presentation of facts and figures as it also provides social commentary on the culture underpinning music listening which is such an important part of many peoples lives.
I consumed this book in 2 sittings whist driving the length of Britain and back and it passed the time in a most entertaining and thought provoking way.
Excellent!

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  • Graeme Alderson
  • 06-10-19

Brilliant from start to finish

Packed with insite not only on the business of popular music but also on what it means and feels like to be a music lover.
I've loved all DH,s work but this is the masterpiece

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  • Steve
  • 04-19-19

A fabulous book.

As always David Hepworths passion for his subject
makes this book a fascinating trip into modern musical history.

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  • Marc S.
  • 04-13-19

Vinyl revival.. get your LPs out

Having fond memories of buying vinyl records as a child and then into adulthood.. I was so thrilled to read and get excited about vinyl.
The fascinating facts David H delivers here are really wonderful nuggets that any nerdy muso will relish!
Listened to it twice - back to back - and bought hard copies for 5 friends as gift - all who were astonished delighted to be reminded of the joy of 12"

Now I'm listening to his other deliveries ..

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  • Fatfish
  • 08-27-19

Review of the vinyl album's golden years.

A thoroughly enjoyable romp through the best years of the vinyl album 1967-1982. The author is extremely knowledgeable and his insight into many of the albums bring memories flooding back to me and has made me revisit several of the long dormant classics in my collection.

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  • Pete Mc
  • 07-26-19

A Fabulous Listen

I loved this book. David Hepworth has this knack of drawing you in and tickling the nostalgia vien.
I laughed out loud many times and so much of this struck home and is surprisingly emotional in evoking my youth. I wish it was longer so I could loose myself more.

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  • Brian
  • 05-16-19

Wonderfully cynical

I enjoy Mr H’s annual books - same subjects but always a different slant - this time he’s in a sneery mood: record companies are vultures, fans are mugs and bands are cretins who can’t write more than 2 good songs per album - except of course the sainted Joni, Band and Steely Dan. Worst thing is, he’s probably right. An enjoyable listen and it’s good to hear someone else who’s wasted hours trying to get the godawful Grateful Dead to click, though they never do. Look forward to next year’s book.

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  • Mr D
  • 04-08-19

More of the same from Hepworth...

The complete history of the LP (If you are English, white, middle class and think Steely Dan are the best thing ever)
Once again David Hepworth lists LPs, adds a few facts (you can see the books he's read on his book shelves as he reads) and makes sweeping 'dad' statements about music. This is his third book of this kind now, and he's really stretching it out.
Tired opinions and well known facts delivered with obnoxious arrogance.

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  • M. C. Eldon
  • 03-23-21

A wonderful Book

I loved this book. I recognised so much of myself in this - hanging around West End record shops; Dobells and Collets; Virgin records (above the shoe shop) and HMV. Peering through the window of the sound equipment shops in Tottenham Court Road until I could afford to buy my ‘separates’ system which included the Pioneer deck and Wharfdale speakers identified in the book. Then, of course, there was the pioneering albums, Al Stewart’s Love Chronicles, Tubular Bells, Sergeant Peppers, Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark etc all of which were treated with the reverence of an ancient artifice. This book brought back so many memories and thanks to the specific details, put me back in touch with the feelings I had back in the 1970s. This is a Wonderful Book.

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  • DAVIDH
  • 01-24-21

A must listen to anyone who loves music

I listened to this book with a smile on my face. David Hepworth's knowledge and passion for all things Rock Music shines throughout this book. I listened while working at my woodcarving bench, I enjoyed it so much that when it had finished I went back to the start and listened again. I agree that the 60's are the decade that the music is probably remembered with the most nostalgia but the 70's certainly gave us more memorable classic Rock Music that is still played and enjoyed today. Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, AC/DC and who can forget that first performance of Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf, probably the highlight of all The Old Grey Whistle Test series. Those were the days.

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  • DJHDD
  • 05-31-21

A Fabulous Author

This is the 3rd book I have listened to from David Hepworth, after "Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994" & "Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There: How a Few Skinny Brits with Bad Teeth Rocked America". This book was not as good in terms of narrative content & story but I'm finding it really does not matter what David is talking about, as long as it's David doing the talking you are bound to get a good story & opinion on the artistic merits of rock n roll, it's stars, the industry & it's history. And thankfully it's narrated by the author so you get all the intonation & sarcasm of his voice & cursive wit. Do your ears a favour, if you love stories about the music you may have grown up with, that of the 60's & 70's then pick up any of David's books (I'm about to do my 4th) & just sit back & listen.

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  • Lindsay Buttery
  • 10-04-20

Everything One Would Expect

Another great piece of work by Hepworth, enjoyed as with the others, a pleasure to listen to.