Top of the Pops began life as a rebellious teenager, but unfortunately ended up as Grandpa at the disco. After decades as must-see Thursday-night TV, it was overtaken by the realities of a new multi-channel, digital age, was shunted disrespectfully between time-slots and even relegated to BBC2, an irrelevant shadow of its glory days gone by. ut there is an entire generation that will never forget the pivotal role TOTP held in the nation s thoughts and affections. It brought into our living rooms both unforgettable moments of visceral pop brilliance, and also some of the clumsiest and most amateur performances possible (by artists and presenters alike) that live on in the memory for different reasons entirely. A very British institution, TOTP was there through the best and worst of pop times. acked with glorious images from rediscovered archives, this book will be an affectionate celebration of the artfulness and absurdities of TOTP, not via a dry chronological history, but by focusing in on 40 highlights some sublime, some bizarre, many plain daft that made the show such a unique spectacle. From the pipe-smoking DLT and his ever wacky fellow DJs to the narrative dance routin
Ian Gittins is currently a music critic on the Guardian, and has also written for Q, Melody Maker, Daily Telegraph, MTV and New York Times. He is the author of several other books, including Bjork- The Stories Behind the Songs and Talking Heads- The Stories Behind the Songs, both published by Carlton Books, and he has co-written The Heroin Diaries- A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star with Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, which will be published by Simon & Schuster this autumn.