B-Side At The Venetian
One-off event. Author Andy Cowan talks and plays songs from his book, B-SIDE: A FLIPSIDED HISTORY OF POP, accompanied by a unique wine-pairing experience and free cicchetti.
Please note this is a ticketed event.
A bespoke night of vinyl and vine
Andy Cowan will be playing and talking about some of the most revelatory songs from his new book, B-Side: A Flipsided History of Pop
It is accompanied by a unique pairing with six different B-Side Wines – wines you may not be familiar with, but should be, selected by The Venetian.
All accompanied by delicious cicchetti…
Xmas wine selections and signed books will also be available on the night
About the book
Pop music would be a different beast without the B-Side. Music history is riven with songs deemed throwaway that revolted against their lowly status and refused to be denied. Be it rock’n’roll’s national anthem (‘Rock Around The Clock’), disco’s enduring game-changer (‘I Feel Love’) or hip-hop’s most notorious dis track (‘Hit ’Em Up’), all three started life as the so-called ‘lesser’ track on releases primed for maximum chart impact. But the B-side has done much more than make stars of Bill Haley, Donna Summer and 2Pac.
Whether it was the Beatles, the Kinks and the Yardbirds in the 60s, Elton John, the Who and Queen in the 70s, Depeche Mode, the Cure and Prince in the 80s, or Oasis, Pulp and Radiohead in the 90s, the B-side allowed many of the world’s greatest artists freedom to experiment with no commercial constraints in an age where physical product ruled the roost.
A quickfire A-Z of 500+ flips, B-Side is the first serious examination of the format’s covert role in pushing the musical envelope. Best read with one eye on YouTube and one ear on a streaming service, its revelations will prick up the ears of music fans of all persuasions.
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