Howard Sounes
 
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  AMY, 27  
  HEIST  
  FAB: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney  
  FRED & ROSE  
  CHARLES BUKOWSKI: LOCKED IN THE ARMS OF A CRAZY LIFE  
  BUKOWSKI IN PICTURES  
  DOWN THE HIGHWAY: THE LIFE OF BOB DYLAN  
  THE WICKED GAME  
  SEVENTIES  
    - Introduction  
    - Reviews  
    - Translations & Rights  
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
  Pompidou Centre  
 
 

David Hockney with his friend Celia Birtwell -- the “Mrs Clark” of Hockney’s great 1971 painting Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy.
(© Howard Sounes)

 
   

Praise for Seventies

'Howard Sounes, author of Seventies: The Sights, Sounds and Ideas of a Brilliant Decade, has done what more spineless authors would have shied from and produced an exuberant celebration of a decade which gave us 'modern classics' in film, television, architecture, painting and sculpture 'that still enrich the world enormously.'....a well-written account of the making of high and popular art.'
Nick Cohen, The Observer

'Provocative and interesting.'
Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday (Book of the Week)

'Interesting and entertaining [and] vivid  ... Individual attainments are set against the backdrop of a widescreen view of the seventies, wherein can be traced movements such as feminism and the Vietnam and Watergate backlashes ... my knowledge of the decade has been enriched.'
Pete Clark, [London] Evening Standard

'Sounes' book is a thoroughly enjoyable read.'
Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

'vivacious and enjoyable.'
Rupert Christiansen, The Spectator

'This is the perfect book for an 18-year-old nephew or niece who loves Johnny Depp and Franz Ferdinand, and wonders what the fuss about the old days is all about.'
Peter Aspden, Financial Times

'There's a popular misconception that the '70s was the decade that taste forgot, a mere landing pad for the radical '60s and antechamber to the sharp and sharkish '80s, all choppers, space hoppers and Bay City Rollers. Not so, protests Sounes. In this entertaining, well-argued defence he shows that, in fact, these were the cultural high-watermark years of the last century.'
Joseph Galliano, Gay Times

'In supporting his belief that the seventies were uniquely rich, Sounes has assembled some fascinating material, much from his own original research.'
Leo McKinstry, The Times

'[Sounes] is a fount of good stories and interesting insights.'
Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail (Critic's Choice)

'Seventies has much to recommend it. Beginning with Five Easy Pieces and ending with Apocalypse Now, Sounes takes us on a grand tour, incorporating, among others, the World Trade Center, Star Wars, Woody Allen, the Sex Pistols, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, the Doonesbury cartoons and Ossie Clark, the story of each set in context and told in an easy and authoritative narrative style ... [a] vivid ... genial, sharply-researched and even-tempered book.'
Melanie McGrath, Sunday Telegraph magazine

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