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Whistling is a bloody nuisance

A review John Lucas and Allan Chatburn’s A Brief History of Whistling. Sheepdogs, Star Trek and the Guanch people of La Gomera: there's a serious side to whistling. But it's still incredibly annoying

29 March 2014

9:00 AM

29 March 2014

9:00 AM

A Brief History of Whistling John Lucas and Allan Chatburn

Five Leaves, pp.196, £9.99, ISBN: 9781907869884

Paul McCartney says he can remember the exact moment he knew the Beatles had made it. Early one morning, getting home from a night on the tiles, he heard the milkman whistling ‘From Me to You’.

This incident isn’t recounted in A Brief History of Whistling. The record in question was a huge pop hit, and these authors prefer to concentrate on working-class culture, folk songs, music hall and the like.

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