Book review: NOW That’s What I Call A Quiz: Puzzle Your Way Through Sixty Years of Pop by Michael Mulligan

Trapeze [Publication date 31.10.19]

Based on the bestselling series of NOW compilation albums this is a good all-round music quiz book. Split into sections that include decades, the themed NOW compilations (e.g. Disney, football anthems) and genres (rock, classic rock and punk get a look in but sadly no death metal or mathcore…).

There are ten questions in each round/chapter, with answers at the back of the book. Indeed for a chart anorak the answers section provides a wealth of information on the artist and chart position. You can find out how Mungo Jerry got their name, find about the the one hit wonders Racing Cars (they supported Bad Company and were label mates with Jethro Tull) and John Parr’s only other top 40 hit aside from ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

Good fun and as it covers sixty years of pop (and a fair bit of rock & prog), if used amongst family and friends everyone should be able to answer a fair few of the questions. A much better way to spend time rather than watching Christmas repeats or gloomy soap operas and a good basis for any music quiz you may run in the future.

Review by Jason Ritchie


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