‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky

Sergeant Pepper. Woodstock. Altamont. Live Aid.

Moments that changed music forever.

Spanning the last 50 years from when Elvis Presley brought rock’n’roll to the mainstream via The Frank Sinatra Show to the death of Michael Jackson in 2009, influential music writer – and passionate music fan – Paolo Hewitt selects 50 key moments in the history of music.

The stories behind the iconic records and recordings, the untimely deaths, landmark live performances, on-screen incidents and all of the most outrageous moments are recounted in this captivating, comprehensive overview of the greatest musical form of the twentieth century.

Paolo Hewitt’s lively and readable text gives us a unique ‘insider’s view’ on each event explaining the background and immediate aftermath to the moment as well as its long term significance and legacy.

Each story is accompanied by an ‘at a glance’ box about each artist, their most significant achievements and contribution to rock history.

Alongside truly iconic moments, such as the birth of the Beatles and the shooting of Marvin Gaye by his father, less well-known, but equally sensational incidents include Sly Stone getting married during his own gig at Madison Square Garden, the Sex Pistols on the Bill Grundy show and Pete Doherty burgling the flat of his best friend, and fellow Libertine, Carl Barat.

Further details of  ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky can be found on the main catalogue, available in ‘Catalogues’ on the Library’s website.