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  • Published: 15 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753515747
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99

In the City

A Celebration of London Music


No other city has music under its skin in the way that London has. London’s music, at once so suggestive of place and so often observational, is very much from its streets. From Elizabethan street traders and public execution songs, to the Beggar's Opera and East End music halls, right up to modern-day troubadours such as Dizzee Rascal and Amy Winehouse, In the City charts the rich musical inheritance of London and the many styles and characters that have helped to define it.

London is the city of ethnic immigrant music, West End classics such as Oliver! and Mary Poppins, Ronnie Scott’s famous nightclub, Mod culture, and the Beatles and the Rolling Stones – who both transformed the city and were in turn transformed by it. Du Noyer also covers the London visits of international artists such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Paul Simon, who also felt the city’s influence. He explores its native talent too, from Gilbert & Sullivan and David Bowie to the punk movement of the Sex Pistols an

  • Pub date: 15 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780753515747
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Paul Du Noyer

Paul Du Noyer was born and raised in Liverpool and has been writing about music for over twenty years. His writing credentials include assistant editor of the NME, editor of Q and founding editor of MOJO. He was on the launch team for Heat and Word magazines and remains associate editor of the latter. His other books include a history of John Lennon's solo years, We All Shine On.

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Praise for In the City

“A dense and colourful account of one of the most vibrant musical centres in the world, In the City almost puts you on that train to London”


“(An) exhilarating new history of the music that defines the capital”

Evening Standard

“Du Noyer's crowning achievement with In the City, however, is to tie all the strands together ever so neatly without affecting a smug resolution. Its a celebration of the city's music through the centuries, for sure, but its more than just that”

Irish Times

“Du Noyer digs impressively deep for insight ... it evokes London as a place of converged cultures, found sounds and infinite possibilities”


“Paul Du Noyer's superb new book”

Word Magazine

“A bit like Peter Ackroyd's work, only you can whistle along”


“The first book properly to anatomise the popular music of our capital is a mighty achievement - and a cracking read. Du Noyer unravels the threads that link Elizabethan balladry to Britpop, bhangra and beyond, constructing a seamless social history that pays as much heed to Gilbert and Sullivan as Small Faces. Mapping the music halls of the East End, the ballrooms of Mayfair and the basement clubs that housed renegade bands, his book is a hymn to a metropolis whose musical vigour lies in its with, its ruthlessly competitive commercial spirit and passion for riotous fun. An engrossing story, beautifully told by and expat Liverpudlian who doesn't miss a trick.”

The Sunday Times

“[4 stars] All the sounds of the Smoke”


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