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Watch BBC’s Britpop Story Documentary

Yes, it really, really, really did happen. But how, why, and what has been its lasting legacy? The Britpop Story, a half-hour documentary aired on the BBC in 2005, sought to shed new light on these and other burning questions. And who better to dredge up new insights ten years after its height than music journalist John Harris? Harris is well-known for being the definitive chronicler of Britpop with his examination of the scene and its flirtation with New Labour politics, The Last Party. Perhaps the earnest analyses made by Harris and his interviewees — Elastica’s Justine Frischmann; Sleeper’s Louise Wener; and the founder of Creation Records, Alan McGee — are a bit cringe-worthy, but it is still a pertinent survey for any fan of the music. Regardless of whether Oasis-centric Britpop merits a story, The Britpop Story is a worthwhile reminder of what made the scene so exciting.

Britpopping since I first heard 'Animal Nitrate' in 1993

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