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The sounds of the Seventies


AUTHOR: Dominic Sandbrook

Shopping centres, strikes and Slade – the Seventies were brought vividly to life at a packed guest lecture by author Dominic Sandbrook.

Mr Sandbrook, a historian who has published widely on post-war Britain, was one of the star guests at De Montfort University’s (DMU) acclaimed Cultural Exchanges festival.

DMU, hailed as one of the most creative universities in the country, draws crowds from around the country to this annual event.

Mr Sandbrook, whose latest book Seasons in the Sun looked at life in the 1970s, cleverly contrasted the popular conception of strike-hit downtrodden Britain with the cosy consumerism typified by sitcoms.

He is now writing the next book on the early 1980s, which will include material to be publicly released for the first time this year on the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike.

Mr Sandbrook said: “I think to a certain extent we still live in the 1980s shadow which makes it a challenge to write about it. You only have to see the reaction to Mrs Thatcher’s death to see how high feelings run.”

He advised aspiring writers to: “read as much as possible. The only way you learn how to write is to read great writing, and different kinds of styles.

“You do have to be strict with yourself and be disciplined.”

Cultural Exchanges, which is organised by students, features a host of artists, authors, musicians and media experts who are all at the cutting edge of their genre.

It provides industry experience to third year events management students and is a highlight in the city’s cultural calendar.

Posted on Thursday 20th February 2014

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