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Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There Reviews

Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There by David Hepworth

Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There: How a Few Skinny Brits with Bad Teeth Rocked America

David Hepworth

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2 reviews

Category: Music, Non-fiction
Imprint: Bantam Press
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 17 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781787632769

'Hepworth's ability to mock subjects he has a clear affection for and cast well-worn anecdotes in a fresh light makes his history of rock'n'roll's special relationship a zippy delight'

4 stars out of 5
17 Oct 2020

"chatty, anecdotal, drawing on a deep knowledge of, and perennial love for, his subject"

Hepworth and his readers are fascinated by the mechanics of the music industry; but they also still believe in its magic every bit as much as when they first heard a hit single by the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. He knows his audience and they know him. The result is another tremendously enjoyable read, full of good stories expertly told: in other words, satisfaction guaranteed. 


4 stars out of 5
Will Hodgkinson
8 Sep 2020

"Hepworth’s ability to mock subjects he has clear affection for and cast well-worn anecdotes in a fresh light makes his history of rock’n’roll’s special relationship a zippy delight"

Hepworth is particularly good at stripping away the glamour of the invasion bands’ first trips to America, which came at a time when few Brits travelled further than Clacton-on-Sea. Acknowledging the Rolling Stones as bona fide music snobs obsessed with American blues and jazz — Brian Jones tried to pass himself off as bluesman Elmo Lewis, despite coming from Cheltenham, “where Elmos are rare” — Hepworth goes on to describe the realities of the Stones’ US experience, such as finding themselves sharing the bill with a troupe of chimpanzees in San Antonio in 1965. For the Animals it was worse. After the success of House of the Rising Sun, Eric Burdon’s band assumed they would be greeted as serious musicians. Instead they found themselves on a TV special with Liza Minnelli, where they were called on to wear wolf’s ears and tails and mime to a song called We’re Gonna Howl Tonight.