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By Clinton Heylin

Through the top of 1968 The Beatles have been a long way too busy squabbling with one another, whereas The Stones had easily stopped making track; English Rock was once coming to an finish. all of the Mad males tells the tale of six stars that travelled to fringe of sanity within the years following the summer time of affection: Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, Peter eco-friendly, Syd Barrett, Nick Drake, and David Bowie.

The ebook charts how they made essentially the most seminal rock song ever recorded: red Moon; Ziggy Stardust; Quadrophenia; darkish facet of the Moon; Muswell Hillbillies - and the way a few of them couldn't make it again from the brink.

The outstanding tale of the way English Rock went mad and located itself.

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First, Starkey phoned his former spouse, Maureen Cox, in England. Her house guest Cynthia Lennon was woken by screams. Seconds later Cox burst into her bedroom, and told her: ‘Cyn, John’s been shot. Ringo’s on the phone. ’ Cynthia rushed to the phone and heard the sound of a man crying. ‘Cyn,’ Starkey sobbed. ‘I’m so sorry. ’ She dropped the phone and howled like an animal caught in a trap. George Harrison’s elder sister Louise had just retired to bed in Sarasota, Florida when she was phoned by a friend telling her to turn on her TV.

ABC-TV trailed the bones of the story across the screen as the New England Patriots visited Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. ’ ‘Yes, we have to say it,’ Cosell said wearily, adding a warning that sounded almost sacrilegious in his sports-obsessed country: ‘Remember, this is just a football game. ’ Then, with the portentous cadence of a man accustomed to translating sporting contests into drama, Cosell announced, ‘An unspeakable tragedy. Confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City. John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous perhaps of all of the Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to Roosevelt Hospital’–he hit each word slowly and carefully like a nail into wood–‘dead…on…arrival.

David Geffen, who had just released Lennon’s final album, watched in amazement as orders flooded his distributors’ phone lines; cancelling all advertising for the album as a mark of respect didn’t stem the flow. Lennon’s attorneys were inundated with requests to license the musician’s name. Workers at the EMI Records factory outside London were placed on emergency overtime to handle the demand for Lennon’s back catalogue. In less than 24 hours he had been transformed from a musician into a global hero, and the three surviving members of the Beatles had joined the supporting cast of their own life stories.

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