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Bob Stanley talks to Colin Grant

The Birth of Pop

Hay Festival 2023, 

Essential reading for anyone passionate about music or popular culture, Bob Stanley’s new book Let’s do it: The Birth of Pop starts with the invention of the 78 rpm record at the end of the 19th century. Detailing the dramatic and surprising story of popular music It considers the impact of superstars such as Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith, and pays tribute to the unheralded songwriters and arrangers behind some of our most enduring songs. Stanley, a musician, writer, film producer and former member of the band Saint Etienne who was Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writer’s Award 2018 winner, discusses his book with Colin Grant, author of I’m Black so you Don’t Have to be.