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40 review for I'll Go to T'Foot of Our Stage: The Story of Yorkshire Pop Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    There were two prerequisites to reading this book for me. Number one, I am a massive music fan and, number two, I am Yorkshire born and bred (even though I have spent many of my adult years out of the fabled county). Music is an essential Yorkshire component and, after reading the book, it’s not difficult to understand why Ferguson has a wealth of material at his disposal to construct a tome that links music to the county identity. Many groups and recording artistes are mentioned all the way fro There were two prerequisites to reading this book for me. Number one, I am a massive music fan and, number two, I am Yorkshire born and bred (even though I have spent many of my adult years out of the fabled county). Music is an essential Yorkshire component and, after reading the book, it’s not difficult to understand why Ferguson has a wealth of material at his disposal to construct a tome that links music to the county identity. Many groups and recording artistes are mentioned all the way from Def Leppard, the Human League, Pulp, The Artic Monkeys to the Kaiser Chiefs and one quickly gathers that the real fabric of the Yorkshire scene are centred around Leeds and Sheffield (four of the bands just casually mentioned by me here are sons and daughters (but mainly sons!) from the Steel City itself). In all fairness to him, Ferguson paints a good canvas that seeks to explain the careers, successes (and even downfalls!) of noted artists. He explains that the Yorkshire scene is quite widely encompassing and that a range of musicians from folk, to rock, to more classical artistes have been trained and influenced within the realms of the land of the white rose. Although Ferguson talks starkly about identity and working class roots, I personally would have like to have seen even more social referencing between the pages. Fair enough that singers and bands have been explained but sometimes more hidden truths can be found within the depths of songs and their biting satire. The Artic Monkeys always did a nice turn in shady sarcasm, one-liners and contemporary culture referencing. So did Pulp, where the young, gifted and loaded often found themselves loathed rather than loved and admired when brought to lyrical ransom by Cocker and crew. Rather a reverse of the London/ South-East ‘Loadsamoney’ psychology as perpetuated in the eighties and nineties. Another theme that could have been explored even more by Ferguson would have been the political contrast and backdrop. Although he does reference issues, I feel that political and social background is not explained as much as it could be in this work. Yorkshire suffered hugely in pockets of the 70s and 80s; we neighboured Orgreave, lived through the privatisation of national industries, suffered the Yorkshire ripper and our coastal areas suffered huge economic and social decline after the Cod wars. Many of these socio-historic/economic factors lie mainly unexplained even if their links to life itself and poetic ‘media’ license are more than tenuous. I guess one could form other hypotheses to suggest possible avenues of exploration that Ferguson could have tackled BUT, as a preliminary text at least, this work is a good starting point. Yorkshire music is certainly loved and celebrated the world over but maybe not consciously enough. This book here seeks to re-address the balance and proves that the big white county can be just as good at tunes as it is at cricket. Well, it bowled me over anyway! Recommended to lovers of British music and culture and especially to those with a Yorkshire bias.

  2. 5 out of 5

    skw

    I bought this book not realizing there are two Craig Fergusons. I would have expected the book description on Amazon to have mentioned that little fact. But then, if it had, I probably wouldn't have bought the book. As I read the book, it dawned on me and at first I was irritated with Amazon. Nevertheless, this is a pretty good book, so by the time I finished it, I was glad I read it. I recommend it.

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