Pick Of The Pops
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This book presents a history of the original ‘Pick of the Pops’ from being a programme of new record releases to its evolvement into the ‘must listen to’ chart show that millions of ‘pop pickers’ tuned in to hear. We remember the presenters from the early days and recall how Alan Freeman, a young disk jockey from Australia took over the show and made it essential listening, even in the face of stiff competition from pirate radio. The story is illustrated with playlists from important editions of the show and a there is a complete set of all of the bespoke charts that the programme used from 1957 to 1969. These charts have never previously been published in book form.
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Jan 2, 2013I am so disappointed. I have David's other two books, British Music Charts Volumes 1 and 2 which actually are very good, at least the chart info is accurate. However something has gone badly wrong with the Pick Of The Pops edition. The chart section is littered with errors. In some cases so badly that actual record omissions are made, wrong positions are given, and I'm not talking just a few, there are so many of these careless errors. It is obvious that the final version hasn't been proof read before publication. What a great opportunity missed. Shame on you here David. I intend returning the book today as it sadly isn't fit for purpose.
Sep 23, 2011This book is just rubbish. The introduction is biggest load of garbage I have ever read. It's full of mistakes & the charts included are 90% wrong anyway. I listened to the programmes back in the day & it just didn't happen the way it's been told. It looks like it's been hack together from posts on the Whirlygig forum site, & should be renamed Pick Of The Comedy Of Errors. If you're even thinking about buying this excuse of a book don't. It's not worth 8p, let alone £8.95. The best place for this total load of codswallop is in the dustbin, where it belongs. It doesn't celebrate the show at all & looks like it's been pulled together to cash in on Radio 2's current celebrations & I doubt any of the money will go to the BBC, & is just lining some urchin's grubby pockets, who should be totally ashamed of themselves. It really has to be in contest, for the worst book i've ever seen. Don't pay for this rubbish! It doesn't even qualify for a rating of no stars.... More > The 30 people who apparently "like" it, need to seek psychiatric help.< Less
Sep 23, 2011What a disappointment - just 12 pages telling the history of this important show. I hardly know where to begin this review, there are so many mistakes and so much more that could have been written. As a POTP AVID I wanted to know when Elvis Presley’s first record was played and did Cliff Richard’s first hit “Move It” get picked as a new release? More important still did David Jacobs play the Beatles “Love Me Do” in the autumn of 1962 or did it get missed? None of this is addressed in the book. While on the topic of David Jacobs, I wonder if the author has ever listened to any of his shows. He makes several mistakes about the format of the early editions he presented and in 1962 states that David continued with the same format as Alan Freeman had, which is untrue. Further inaccuracies follow with the dates given when David Jacobs and Don Moss took over as presenters, both wrong! It seems that this book has been rushed out, without facts or spelling being checked and I think it is a... More > complete waste of money. Fans of POTP would be better off using a well known search engine and visiting the excellent forums on the topic.< Less
Sep 22, 2011I agree with the previous correspondent, it's a dreadful publication with minimal research, tons of factual errors, poor layout and it looks like it has been thrown together in 10 minutes. A dreadful tribute to an iconic show - avoid at all costs.
Sep 22, 2011I bought this book & was not impressed at all. It's full of mistakes concerning David Jacobs & his editions of the show. The content is not worth the price & most of the charts section seems to have been made up. The spelling mistakes are atrocious & the overall content is very poor. My opinion is I would not suggest anyone buys it. The information is shabbily put together & seems to have been made up, without any proper research at all.
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- David Armstrong (Standard Copyright License)
- September 28, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.1 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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