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'This is a treatise not only on the album in question, but also on pop art and the origins of pop radio in Britain going right back to the earliest days of the BBC. This is a good essay, but it takes up way more than half the book. I'd have been much happier if the pop art and pop radio essay (both of which are useful, even essential, factors in understanding this album) occupied around a third of the book, with the remainder of the book dealing with the album itself. It is, after all, supposed to be about 'Sell Out'!
I didn't mind the author's experiences on learning to love rock music and especially The Who, but I would have liked more anecdotes and background to the album itself. There wasn't a whole lot more on that, than you can find in Dave Marsh's excellent booklet that accompanied the 1995 CD reissue. I rather suspect that may have been the author's primary source material.
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