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Sweet Dreams

Dylan Jones

The definitive history of the Blitz Kids, Synth-Pop and the Style Press from 1975 to 1985

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David Bowie. Culture Club. Wham!. Soft Cell. Duran Duran. Sade. Adam Ant. Spandau Ballet. The Eurythmics.

ExcellentGuardian Hugely enjoyableIrish Times Dazzling’ LRB Fascinating’ New Statesman An absolute must-read’ GQ

One of the most creative entrepreneurial periods since the Sixties, the era of the New Romantics grew out of the remnants of post-punk and developed quickly alongside club culture, ska, electronica, and goth. The scene had a huge influence on the growth of print and broadcast media, and was arguably one of the most bohemian environments of the late twentieth century. Not only did it visually define the decade, it was the catalyst for the Second British Invasion, when the US charts would be colonised by British pop music – making it one of the most powerful cultural exports since the Beatles.

In Sweet Dreams, Dylan Jones charts the rise of the New Romantics through testimony from the people who lived it.

For a while, Sweet Dreams were made of this.

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An absolute must-read.

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Fascinating . . . a compelling portrait of the era.

New Statesman
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Jones writes with a concise grasp of history, a pithy turn of phrase and a genuine passion for his subject.

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‘Who better to tell the story of the super-stylish New Romantic movement than GQ editor Jones, who lived through it?’

i News, Best New Books for Autumn
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'Jones has finally produced the tribute that one of Britain’s most culturally rich periods truly deserves.’

Classic Pop *****
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Few music scenes have received more opprobrium than the New Romantics [...] A bunch of fame-grabbing clothes-horses? Certainly. But also, a progressive force that opened new routes for music while embracing most genders, ethnicities and sexual preferences.

Danny Ecclestone, MOJO ****
Dylan Jones

Dylan Jones studied at Chelsea School of Art and St. Martin’s School of Art. A former editor at i-D, The Face, Arena, the Observer and the Sunday Times, he is currently the Editor-In-Chief of GQ. He has won the British Society of Magazine Editors “Editor of the Year” award a record eleven times, and in 2013 was the recipient of…

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