Never a Dull Moment 1971 by David Hepworth

This is a good book about music and pop culture in 1971. The author turned 21 in that year and claims it was the best year musically come to age… He is certain it was the year that produced more great music than any other. He makes a compelling case. Many classic rock albums came out that year…to name a few

Who’s Next – The Who
Led Zeppelin IV (ZoSo) – Led Zeppelin
Hunky Dory – David Bowie
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Sticky Fingers – Rolling Stones
Blue – Joni Mitchell
Imagine – John Lennon
At Fillmore East – Allman Brothers
There’s A Riot Going On – Sly and the Family Stone
Tapestry – Carole King

Every month he goes through the politics, movies, televisions shows (or the lack of)
and mostly how rock music grew up. He writes with some detail on Marvin Gaye recording “What’s Going On,” Carole King and Tapestry, Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” and etc…

He highlights the events of that year with plenty of his opinion. It is a fun read and it is written from a UK point of view and covers plenty. One thing I will say…He does lack objectivity at times but you can feel his enthusiasm when he writes about being a teenager in that era.

I’m a sucker for books on music especially in that period…so maybe I lack objectivity but I enjoyed it. If you like classic rock music and the pop culture that goes with it…you should enjoy this.



Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

13 thoughts on “Never a Dull Moment 1971 by David Hepworth”

  1. This looks like one I’ll enjoy. I was just a grade school kid in 1971, but even I remember the music from that year. In the Midwest, we were coming out of a year of turmoil in 1970. It will be interesting to read a UK take on 1971.

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    1. I learned a lot from it. He will share his opinion that is for sure but it is good. I had forgotten about Tapestry and how big that album was…Who’s Next and Led Zeppelin IV is what I automatically think of… but there was a lot more of course.

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  2. A great year in music, no doubt. Live at the Fillmore East is a breathtaking album. In fact all of these albums are nothing short of terrific. This period also laid the groundwork for the Punk movement which sought to return Rock to its more fun loving, spontaneous rebellion of the 50s. The Allman Bros. were the antithesis to the lean stripped down sound of, say, Eddie Fontaine, where The Stones had a more natural progression toward the AOR sound, via Chuck Berry, etc… I love it all.

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    1. The Allman’s live with Duane were out of this world… The early seventies and even later gave us such a variety to listen to. Classic rock radio stations built their foundation from this year with the Stones, Who and Led Zeppelin…
      I agree with you about the punk movement. The seeds were spread.

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  3. Thanks for the recommendation- I just placed an order for it. Some great albums that year for sure but in my opinion in a no holds barred battle 1966 beats 1971. Not to say 1971 wasn’t a strong year, it certainly was. Looking forward to reading it.

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    1. He is a rock critic so he inserts his opinion but I learned a lot…like Marvin Gaye making that album and the was Carole King wrote hers… i forgot how big that album was… He jumps around and even talks about Slade…so he covers alot.

      66 has my vote also. Revolver, Pet Sounds, Blonde on Blonde, Cream, A Quick One… a great variety.

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      1. That is ok- I like hearing opinions. That was a great year though. That Carole King album a lot of those songs hits by others.

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      2. What was the 1966 book again? I’m sorry I wrote it down somewhere…not the Beatles book but about the year? I have the 1965 but I think you mentioned one about 66

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