Stories We Could Tell

Stories We Could Tell Tony Parsons writes for the first time about his rock and roll years in a touching novel about friendship and growing up This is the UK of the summer of in the midst of the Silver Jubilee celebra

  • Title: Stories We Could Tell
  • Author: Tony Parsons
  • ISBN: 9780007151264
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tony Parsons writes for the first time about his rock and roll years in a touching novel about friendship and growing up This is the UK of the summer of 1977 in the midst of the Silver Jubilee celebrations, a generation are trying to grow up and discovering the limits of freedom It is 16th August 1977 the night Elvis died and for the heroes of STORIES WE COULD TELLTony Parsons writes for the first time about his rock and roll years in a touching novel about friendship and growing up This is the UK of the summer of 1977 in the midst of the Silver Jubilee celebrations, a generation are trying to grow up and discovering the limits of freedom It is 16th August 1977 the night Elvis died and for the heroes of STORIES WE COULD TELL, this night is where their adult lives begin Terry has returned from Berlin glowing in the light of his friendship with ageing rock star Dag Wood, the only man to be booed off stage at Woodstock But when Dag turns up in London, he sets his sights on a photographer called Misty, the young woman who Terry plans to have children with Will Terry s relationship survive the night Ray is the only writer on The Paper who refuses to cut his hair and stop wearing flares He still believes in peace, love and the Beatles But John Lennon is in town for one night, en route to Yoko and Japan, and Ray believes that if he can interview the reclusive Beatle, he can save his job Can John Lennon really change a young man s life And Leon has annoyed the group of fans you do not want to annoy the Dagenham Dogs, a bunch of hooligans who follow a group called the Sewer Rats, who have just been given a right royal slagging by young Leon Hiding out in a disco called the Goldmine, Leon meets the girl of his dreams Will true love find Leon before the Dagenham Dogs

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    1. Written to the standard Tony Parsons formula - disappointing.I’m not sure why I keep reading Tony Parsons’ books. The two I’ve read in the past, Man and Boy and One For My Baby, haven’t impressed me at all. Part of the problem is that he only seems to do one set of characters: a younger generation struggling with relationships, middle-aged parents who’ve had it tough but who make-do-and-mend and don’t complain, and an elderly relative who dies during the course of the book. Throw in [...]

    2. I found this book really infeasible and in the end was just willing it to be over. Set over the course of one improbably long night the story follows the exploits of three young characters, Ray, Terry and Leon. However, it may as well have been set over the course of a week or more (as that much was unrealistically crammed in) with just one generic young male character (as the three were practically indistinguishable. I think that Tony Parsons really conveyed the excitement of the time with the [...]

    3. Set over one long night in 1977 (the night Elvis died), this coming-of-age tale is set against the backdrop of punk, the music press, drugs and civil unrest. It follows three friends, who work for The Paper and their trials and tribulations - Terry, who is in awe of a fading rock star and in love with the girl of his dreams; Ray, who seems out of step with new music and must interview John Lennon to keep his job and Leon, an aspiring radical who discovers true love and disco, then loses his job [...]

    4. A really good book especially if you are very much into music as you get a behind the scenes look at the lifestyle of the stars and the people on a music paper who write about them covering many key events in recent musical history.The ending was a little bit of a letdown as in my mind none of the main protaganists stories was finally completed, i was left with the sense that Terry was not COMPLETELY happy being with Misty and that he was staying with her because she was expecting, Leon just gav [...]

    5. The book is about some young music paper journalists who are following their passion. Along the way they discover new paths as the life unfolds before them. Although I don't have any background whatsoever on British life on late 70s, i think the writer captured the changing times in a most simplest way. But I was a bit frustrated/sorry that the characters thought they don't have anything left when they are so young. And to me it felt like they surrendered a bit too early.I can go ahead and call [...]

    6. You're ought to appreciate a novel, which plot takes place on the exact day (and night) when you were born, but it's all the easier when it's such a damn good one. Everyone with an interest in the culture of pop music should check out this story of three young music writers on different trips and missions on one special night in London, while trying to grow up in their own ways.

    7. I really wanted to like this book but I failed to connect with it throughout the whole story. On balance, a wild night in 1977 set against the swirling, tribal excitement of music on the night when Elvis died, should be brilliant but it really suffers from problems with the three central characters. They are journalists working for 'The Paper' (imagine the NME and Melody Maker) and are all in their late teens and early 20s, this lends them a level of self obsession found only in young people of [...]

    8. great book, easy to read, satisfied with the ending. Bearing in mind the entire story unfolds over one single night, namely the night Elvis died, you would expect this story to be Elvis through and through. Well it isn't. Which is good. Instead you follow a group of young music journalists, not much older than very early twenties, cock sure of what they are doing and where they are going, only to find 12 hours later that everything has changed, mostly for the good. Pretty much a coming-of-age bo [...]

    9. Having read a few books by this writer I had wrongly assumed this would be a well-written book about family and the woven relationships within them. Turns out to be a story of young people in 1977 with a love for the new music who all work for a music paper.The characters and fun, young and likeable, their stories well written. They overlap well and build to an action-packed night late in the story. It was cool to hear about the music styles from the year after I was born and how some of the you [...]

    10. I've read other books of Tony Parsons; Man and boy, my favourite wife and was relatively pleased with their storylines. I picked this book up in a second hand store and was expecting a good storyline based on my previous experiences, however I have to admit I found it disappointing. The characters weren't fully formed in my opinion and were quite weak. I pictured the characters from 'the young ones' and feel they may have influenced some of the characters in this story. The plot line moved slowl [...]

    11. The Family Way had a good enough approach, but Parsons never read like a author who has a great book in him. Stories We Could Tell doesn't hint at a great book either, but it goes to places I didn't think Parsons was capable of. The Family Way was a decent, character-centered book that still ended up too simple. Stories We Could Tell, instead, has so much more grey areas and content that now I will continue reading Parsons, hoping maybe I judged him too quickly.The beginning is pretty bad. The w [...]

    12. Der 16. August 1977 ist nicht nur der Tag, an dem Elvis starb, sondern auch der Tag, an dem sich im Leben von drei Jugendlichen alles verändern sollte. Leon, Ray und Terry arbeiten als Journalisten für eine Musikzeitschrift und haben das Gefühl, damit alles erreicht zu haben, was im Leben wichtig ist. Man trifft die Stars, bekommt Schallplatten umsonst und kennt immer die angesagtesten Clubs und Konzerte der Stadt. Doch nach und nach müssen sie erkennen, dass das Leben trotz allem noch ein p [...]

    13. I really liked this book, it was a bit complicated because It was set in a time that I don't really understand or know, and it mention lots of bands, muscicians and songs that are completly unknown to me. But that is a part of what make it so interesting and fresh.I loved the triviality of it, the Teds the Dogs, the punks, the people at the Disco, the old ones at The Paper, loved the feeling of trouble that came every time they were mention on the book. The Book let you understand the music back [...]

    14. What to say about this book really. I chose it as I needed a book for my beach holiday and I had not long read one of his previous books. Having quite enjoyed it I thought I would "play it safe" with this, except I ended up with a book in a total different style.It is an intriguing book set at the end of the 70's and really drums home the end of an era and the country changing around us all. I wasn't alive during the period this was set but the depth and story building involved made me feel like [...]

    15. This has been out for a long time and sonia put me off as she said it was shite.It isn't. It is easy to read and not challenging and would have made a good holiday book.Parson is obviously revisiting his own youth, which implies a lack of material.This is about three journalists working for the leading music paper, all set on one night in london. The night Elvis dies.Terry thinks he is losing his girl to the rock star dag wood, who you feel is based on iggy pop. All other references to pop stars [...]

    16. Stories We Could Tell - Tony Parsons new book. It is quite different from his previous ones. This time it is about three about twenty-nothing years old guys, that are all music journalist at The Paper. It is 16th August 1977 - the day Elvis died. So basically it's about the rock music culture of the late 70s (when everything is changing) and three confused guys who need to grow up.I was very dissapointed with this book, cos it isn't nearly as good as Parsons's previous ones. Okay, TP kind of man [...]

    17. This has been on my shelf for some while. I think I have found Parsons too sentimental in the past, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Set in the day when I was still a teenager, I wallowed in the nostalgia. This novel was rammed with period details - even gonks (and yes, my niece didn't have a clue what I was talking about).I loved the reminders of my youth, and am glad to say my memories have more of a rosy glow than the punk-glamour of drugs and violence that Parsons evokes.But it brought bac [...]

    18. this is a pretty interesting book - but maybe im biased because im interested in that decade's british music scene, having studied it for one of my us college classes. a niche book. interesting in how it portrays youth and identity and the underlying humanity even though it may not be the best role models to follow, considering all the cigarette and drugs reference. very descriptive and engaging. the form itself is pretty interesting since it revolves around a single night, but it also did a lot [...]

    19. This book is themed on the music scene at the end of the 70's (Summer of 1977)- a bit before my time perhaps but it's hard not to be enthralled by the history and the comparisons with my youth (perhaps 20 years later!). It was good fun to relate to the angst, soul-searching and romance that the three central characters experience through the book. The characters "come of age" as the story unfolds over just one night although, with the various ins and outs of each character being recounted, it se [...]

    20. Honest? I got about half way through this one and gave up. I found it in a local charity shop for £1 and as I'm trying to expand my library I decided to give it a go. The synopsis on the jacket sounded ok, unfortunately the book itself was pretty uninteresting and I realised I was reading it just to finish it. I had no interest in or care for any of the characters, in fact several were beginning to irritate me.So I'm sorry Mr Parsons, but you haven't won me over with this one, and I cannot recc [...]

    21. I like Tony Parson's fiction, and I am into my music, so I expected to like this - but it fell slightly short. Though the characters were likeable and believable, and though the style was witty and touching in places I just felt that Parsons was slightly shoe-horning in the 'late seventies music' setting - and the echoes with 'High Fidelity' were distracting (the author being aware of that book, perchance guarding against too many similarities). As someone too young to 'get' the cultural resonan [...]

    22. Finished this on a long flight and really liked it, especially how the love of music has been related to coming of age. Reminded me of my school days and all the music I used to hear (even though the time period of the book is before my time) and I found the observations about rock N roll generation really insightful. This is quite different from Parsons' other books and the authenticity based on his experience as a journalist shines through. An era gone by with all the glitz and dark sides come [...]

    23. Natürlich ist alles so unwahrscheinlich, dass es manchmal beim Lesen schon fast ein bisschen weh tut, und große Literatur ist auch etwas anderes. Aber ich konnte das Buch nicht mehr aus der Hand legen, und es hat sofort die Sehnsucht nach dem intensiven Lebensgefühl, dass man mit Anfang 20 hatte, reaktiviert. Für alle, die Leidenschaft und Musik zu verbinden wissen. Außerdem eine wundervolle Hommage an Elvis.

    24. Неплохая история трёх юных журналистов, живущих рок-н-роллом. Очень разные, опьянённые молодостью, музыкой и наркотиками, они живут, почти не заботясь о дне завтрашнем, 30-летних коллег считают глубокими стариками, а семейные ценности - устаревшей чепухой. Ночь, в которую уми [...]

    25. I didn't grow up in the UK, I was born around the time this book was set, I am not a young male (nor have I ever been). For these reasons I think I did not identify well with this book. I found it artifically stuffed full of experiences that were glossed over. It had too many characters who seemed to almost be the same at times I struggled on but did not get the resolution I hoped for. On the plus side it filled in some historical evetts for me

    26. I read this in a couple of days by the pool on my honeymoon, so as you can imagine i just saw it as a sort of entertaining, quick holiday read. It didn't disappoint in that respect. I loved the setting - the different music scenes of the 1970s and as a music fan really appreciated all the attention to different bands and trying to evoke the spirit of the time. So, while it's fairly lightweight i'd definitely recommend it.

    27. It was 1977. Where rock & roll's light flickered almost died, along with the death of Elvis; and disco is the new hit. Three boys writing for The Paper, the most sought after music magazine at that time; they're living their dreams, well, sort of. I read this book once in 2007. I still love it, but in a different way, for different reasons.

    28. I remember Tony Parsons as a writer for the New Musical Express (together with Julie Burchill) and their piece of "Dedicated to the Followers of Fascism" in said paper had quite an impact. This book though lacks a lot of that punch. Maybe because he's older, maybe because he's softer, maybe because i wanted to re-live the spirit of the past too much. Still a good read.

    29. FYI, i read this book almost 10 times already since i bought it 3 years ago. Not so many fiction character i want to hang out with in real life, but these three young music journalist from The Paper is on my list. 1977. Elvis died. Hippie era are over. Punk & Disco arise. Teddy boys. Skinheads. Coming of age. Growing up.

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