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3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  1,056 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Tony Parsons writes for the first time about his rock and roll years in a touching novel about friendship and growing up. This is the UK of the summer of 1977 - in the midst of the Silver Jubilee celebrations, a generation are trying to grow up and discovering the limits of freedom. It is 16th August 1977 - the night Elvis died - and for the heroes of STORIES WE COULD TELL ...more
302 pages
Published 2008 by Barbera (first published 2005)
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Nov 23, 2008 Ian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lad-lit
Written to the standard Tony Parsons formula - disappointing.

I’m not sure why I keep reading Tony Parsons’ books. The two I’ve read in the past, Man and Boy and One For My Baby, haven’t impressed me at all. Part of the problem is that he only seems to do one set of characters: a younger generation struggling with relationships, middle-aged parents who’ve had it tough but who make-do-and-mend and don’t complain, and an elderly relative who dies during the course of the book. Throw in lots of musi
Juliana Graham
I found this book really infeasible and in the end was just willing it to be over. Set over the course of one improbably long night the story follows the exploits of three young characters, Ray, Terry and Leon. However, it may as well have been set over the course of a week or more (as that much was unrealistically crammed in) with just one generic young male character (as the three were practically indistinguishable.

I think that Tony Parsons really conveyed the excitement of the time with the
Mar 13, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Set over one long night in 1977 (the night Elvis died), this coming-of-age tale is set against the backdrop of punk, the music press, drugs and civil unrest. It follows three friends, who work for The Paper and their trials and tribulations - Terry, who is in awe of a fading rock star and in love with the girl of his dreams; Ray, who seems out of step with new music and must interview John Lennon to keep his job and Leon, an aspiring radical who discovers true love and disco, then loses his job ...more
Feb 03, 2011 Nihal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is about some young music paper journalists who are following their passion. Along the way they discover new paths as the life unfolds before them.

Although I don't have any background whatsoever on British life on late 70s, i think the writer captured the changing times in a most simplest way. But I was a bit frustrated/sorry that the characters thought they don't have anything left when they are so young. And to me it felt like they surrendered a bit too early.

I can go ahead and call
Dec 21, 2010 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good book especially if you are very much into music as you get a behind the scenes look at the lifestyle of the stars and the people on a music paper who write about them covering many key events in recent musical history.
The ending was a little bit of a letdown as in my mind none of the main protaganists stories was finally completed, i was left with the sense that Terry was not COMPLETELY happy being with Misty and that he was staying with her because she was expecting, Leon just gav
The Brain in the Jar
The Family Way had a good enough approach, but Parsons never read like a author who has a great book in him. Stories We Could Tell doesn't hint at a great book either, but it goes to places I didn't think Parsons was capable of. The Family Way was a decent, character-centered book that still ended up too simple. Stories We Could Tell, instead, has so much more grey areas and content that now I will continue reading Parsons, hoping maybe I judged him too quickly.

The beginning is pretty bad. The w
Oct 03, 2012 Zoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You're ought to appreciate a novel, which plot takes place on the exact day (and night) when you were born, but it's all the easier when it's such a damn good one. Everyone with an interest in the culture of pop music should check out this story of three young music writers on different trips and missions on one special night in London, while trying to grow up in their own ways.
Feb 12, 2014 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This has been on my shelf for some while. I think I have found Parsons too sentimental in the past, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Set in the day when I was still a teenager, I wallowed in the nostalgia. This novel was rammed with period details - even gonks (and yes, my niece didn't have a clue what I was talking about).

I loved the reminders of my youth, and am glad to say my memories have more of a rosy glow than the punk-glamour of drugs and violence that Parsons evokes.

But it brought bac
Jan 23, 2015 Zaki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tony Parson's voice is very familiar to me and i find it incredibly jarring.
Jan 12, 2009 Faith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005
Stories We Could Tell - Tony Parsons new book. It is quite different from his previous ones. This time it is about three about twenty-nothing years old guys, that are all music journalist at The Paper. It is 16th August 1977 - the day Elvis died. So basically it's about the rock music culture of the late 70s (when everything is changing) and three confused guys who need to grow up.

I was very dissapointed with this book, cos it isn't nearly as good as Parsons's previous ones. Okay, TP kind of man
Ian Mapp
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Jan 13, 2012 Stefanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Der 16. August 1977 ist nicht nur der Tag, an dem Elvis starb, sondern auch der Tag, an dem sich im Leben von drei Jugendlichen alles verändern sollte. Leon, Ray und Terry arbeiten als Journalisten für eine Musikzeitschrift und haben das Gefühl, damit alles erreicht zu haben, was im Leben wichtig ist. Man trifft die Stars, bekommt Schallplatten umsonst und kennt immer die angesagtesten Clubs und Konzerte der Stadt. Doch nach und nach müssen sie erkennen, dass das Leben trotz allem noch ein paar ...more
Kim García
I really liked this book, it was a bit complicated because It was set in a time that I don't really understand or know, and it mention lots of bands, muscicians and songs that are completly unknown to me. But that is a part of what make it so interesting and fresh.

I loved the triviality of it, the Teds the Dogs, the punks, the people at the Disco, the old ones at The Paper, loved the feeling of trouble that came every time they were mention on the book. The Book let you understand the music back
Apr 01, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What to say about this book really. I chose it as I needed a book for my beach holiday and I had not long read one of his previous books. Having quite enjoyed it I thought I would "play it safe" with this, except I ended up with a book in a total different style.

It is an intriguing book set at the end of the 70's and really drums home the end of an era and the country changing around us all. I wasn't alive during the period this was set but the depth and story building involved made me feel like
Martin Soulstew
Feb 29, 2016 Martin Soulstew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember Tony Parsons as a writer for the New Musical Express (together with Julie Burchill) and their piece of "Dedicated to the Followers of Fascism" in said paper had quite an impact. This book though lacks a lot of that punch. Maybe because he's older, maybe because he's softer, maybe because i wanted to re-live the spirit of the past too much. Still a good read.
Mar 30, 2015 Joanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't grow up in the UK, I was born around the time this book was set, I am not a young male.. (nor have I ever been). For these reasons I think I did not identify well with this book. I found it artifically stuffed full of experiences that were glossed over. It had too many characters who seemed to almost be the same at times... I struggled on but did not get the resolution I hoped for. On the plus side it filled in some historical evetts for me...
Nick Davies
I like Tony Parson's fiction, and I am into my music, so I expected to like this - but it fell slightly short. Though the characters were likeable and believable, and though the style was witty and touching in places.. I just felt that Parsons was slightly shoe-horning in the 'late seventies music' setting - and the echoes with 'High Fidelity' were distracting (the author being aware of that book, perchance guarding against too many similarities). As someone too young to 'get' the cultural reson ...more
a page turner that lacks depth. I enjoyed it as a get away book so my call a holiday read. towards the end it became rather samey, I glad to finish it. sadly disappointed.
Dec 26, 2013 Nisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a pretty interesting book - but maybe im biased because im interested in that decade's british music scene, having studied it for one of my us college classes. a niche book. interesting in how it portrays youth and identity and the underlying humanity... even though it may not be the best role models to follow, considering all the cigarette and drugs reference. very descriptive and engaging. the form itself is pretty interesting since it revolves around a single night, but it also did a ...more
Apr 08, 2008 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is themed on the music scene at the end of the 70's (Summer of 1977)- a bit before my time perhaps but it's hard not to be enthralled by the history and the comparisons with my youth (perhaps 20 years later!). It was good fun to relate to the angst, soul-searching and romance that the three central characters experience through the book. The characters "come of age" as the story unfolds over just one night although, with the various ins and outs of each character being recounted, it se ...more
Jan 09, 2014 Nadira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was 1977. Where rock & roll's light flickered... almost died, along with the death of Elvis; and disco is the new hit. Three boys writing for The Paper, the most sought after music magazine at that time; they're living their dreams, well, sort of. I read this book once in 2007. I still love it, but in a different way, for different reasons.
Wayne Aubry
Oct 30, 2015 Wayne Aubry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book, worth a read.
Tanvir Muntasim
Jul 20, 2012 Tanvir Muntasim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this on a long flight and really liked it, especially how the love of music has been related to coming of age. Reminded me of my school days and all the music I used to hear (even though the time period of the book is before my time) and I found the observations about rock N roll generation really insightful. This is quite different from Parsons' other books and the authenticity based on his experience as a journalist shines through. An era gone by with all the glitz and dark sides come ...more
Nina Draganova
Тази книга не ми беше интересна.Но ако някой иска да си припомни 70-те години ,това си е наръчник направо :)
Eline Zuidema
Dec 07, 2015 Eline Zuidema rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sex, drugs and rock-and-roll. In other words: shallow and predictable.
Неплохая история трёх юных журналистов, живущих рок-н-роллом. Очень разные, опьянённые молодостью, музыкой и наркотиками, они живут, почти не заботясь о дне завтрашнем, 30-летних коллег считают глубокими стариками, а семейные ценности - устаревшей чепухой. Ночь, в которую умирает Король рок-н-ролла, меняет их жизни. Пути друзей расходятся по тем или иным причинам, но жизнь продолжается.

Цитат не будет, потому что очень сложно на бумаге их помечать =)
Sal Noel
Nothing stood out here- not the writing, not the characters, not the story. It was just about OK.
Jan 12, 2008 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in a couple of days by the pool on my honeymoon, so as you can imagine i just saw it as a sort of entertaining, quick holiday read. It didn't disappoint in that respect. I loved the setting - the different music scenes of the 1970s and as a music fan really appreciated all the attention to different bands and trying to evoke the spirit of the time. So, while it's fairly lightweight i'd definitely recommend it.
Jan 06, 2013 Imke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natürlich ist alles so unwahrscheinlich, dass es manchmal beim Lesen schon fast ein bisschen weh tut, und große Literatur ist auch etwas anderes. Aber ich konnte das Buch nicht mehr aus der Hand legen, und es hat sofort die Sehnsucht nach dem intensiven Lebensgefühl, dass man mit Anfang 20 hatte, reaktiviert. Für alle, die Leidenschaft und Musik zu verbinden wissen. Außerdem eine wundervolle Hommage an Elvis.
Mar 14, 2013 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read Parsons for quite a while and at first thought this was going to be a rose-tinted reminiscince of days of yore. Very wrong - it's a fine piece of writing that is both nostalgic and reflective with a kick in the tale (geddit?) that we all have to grow up at some point and the exuberance of youth is all-too-fleeting. Ooooh, hark at me...
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Tony Parsons (born 6 November 1953) is a British journalist broadcaster and author. He began his career as a music journalist on the NME, writing about punk music. Later, he wrote for The Daily Telegraph, before going on to write his current column for the Daily Mirror. Parsons was for a time a regular guest on the BBC Two arts
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