It’s all about the eyes – shut, open, heavy-lidded, unadorned or with applications of make-up and those false lashes that accentuate the beauty and function of them. Even before Adele began her performance – slowly rising up from the depths of the venue, dressed in a sparkly evening gown that was the evening’s only costume, singing a song that would kickstart a regular dabbing of tears – the capacity audience were treated to an IMAX-like view of a pair of eyes.
According to this book’s author Dylan Jones, for people of a certain age, gender and disposition, David Bowie’s appearance on Top of the Pops on July 6th, 1972, singing Starman, was “a tectonic shift in pop culture.” Of course, if you’re of a different age, gender and disposition, a book such as this – and what it posits – will be meaningless, but if you’ve ever been profoundly touched by a work of art, pop cultural or otherwise, and what it can do to radically alter your worldview, then you’ll have an idea of what Dylan Jones is attempting to point out.
Thirty years following their formation, writes author Tony Fletcher, and twenty-five years since they split up, the legacy and the cultural significance of UK rock band, The Smiths, remains intact. It’s time, says the book cover blurb, their tale was told.