Hello and welcome to my stop on the Trapeze 12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour!  Thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me on to the tour and to the publishers for my fab copy of the book. Before I share my review here’s what the book is all about:

39827141“Everyone remembers their first NOW album. Since NOW That’s What I Call Music Volume 1 was released in 1983 on double vinyl and double cassette, NOW has become synonymous with pop music and has featured some of the most iconic artists of the last three decades.

To celebrate the release of the 100th NOW album, The Story of NOW That’s What I Call Music in 100 Artists looks back at some of the most memorable – and occasionally regrettable – hits of the last 35 years!

Jam packed with amazing facts and ‘Well I never!’ moments about the 4,000+ artists to have graced the NOW track listings – from Phil Collins to Pharrell, Bananarama to Lady Gaga and Peter Andre to Pet Shop Boys – The Story of NOW is a celebration of pop music through the decades. So plug in your earphones and pump up the volume, because this party is just getting started!”

My Review

I actually had a copy of that first album either for Christmas 1983 or for my 16th birthday in January 1984. I remember being very excited about having a copy and then later going on to buy the Summer and Christmas albums on cassette tape (remember those?).

This is such a fun book, a real cornucopia of pop trivia and photos spanning 35 years from when the first NOW album came out in 1983 to the 99th album this year. It’s crammed full of photos of artists who’ve appeared multiple times, including Spice Girls, Phil Collins, Kylie, Soul II Soul, Paul Weller, Robbie Williams and of course those one hit wonders we’ve forgotten about.

One of my favourite ‘Did You Know’ stories relates to Now 13 and Milli Vanilli a German Duo who won a Grammy award that was later revoked!!!

I also loved the double page  sections of Who Did It Better? You’re My Number One, Lessons in Love and Thirty Five Years, Thirty Five Sons from Thirty Five Films.

If you love pop and especially love pop nostalgia then you’re going to love this book. Definitely another one for your Christmas wishlist! 😉


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