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Until he discovered pop music, life was all Greek to Pete Paphides

21 March 2020

9:00 AM

21 March 2020

9:00 AM

Broken Greek: A Story of Chip Shops and Pop Songs Pete Paphides

Quercus, pp.585, 20

Pop music has always been, to those who love it, to some degree tribal or factional; fans like to carve out their own space. If you like X you can’t like Y. Punk and post-punk sharpened the divisions. I couldn’t stand Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity for a number of reasons, but it wasn’t helped by its older-brother’s snotty dismissal of pretty much everything that came after 1977, unless it was the latest record by some dinosaur which punk’s meteorite had somehow failed to wipe out.

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