Traces the history of rock and roll music from the 1950's to the present day and discusses its changing styles and leading personalities.
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For almost fifty years rock 'n roll has been by turns garish, genuine, sophisticated, and sophomoric -- "The Story of Rock 'N Roll" strives to convey it all. Color photographs and the writing of experienced music journalists provide the fullest possible record of the period from rock's birth to the present day.
This work spans the decades of rock 'n' roll from its explosion in the 1950s to the current 1990s music scene. The book explores and unfolds the saga as it happened in chronological order, allowing the events and personalities to emerge as they did in real time. points in music history. Headline News lists important international current events putting the major music stories in context. Potted biographies, crazes, underground movements and scandals of the time help build a picture of each decade, and the book's photographs also capture the stars, gigs and atmosphere of each era.
Russia ‘n’ Roll! By Richard Hume Richard Hume is a British Teddy Boy who has loved and supported rock ‘n’ roll his entire life. He continues to organise free rock ‘n’ roll concerts and dance classes in Moscow, where he works as a school teacher. His monthly column, Russia ‘n’ Roll, can be found in the U.K. publication, “Maggie’s Blue Suede News.”
If you didn’t experience rock and roll in Minnesota in the 1960s, this book will make you wish you had. This behind-the-scenes, up-close-and-personal account relates how a handful of Minnesota rock bands erupted out of a small Midwest market and made it big. It was a brief, heady moment for the musicians who found themselves on a national stage, enjoying a level of success most bands only dream of. In Everybody’s Heard about the Bird, Rick Shefchik writes of that time in vivid detail. Interviews with many of the key musicians, combined with extensive research and a phenomenal cache of rare photographs, reveal how this monumental era of Minnesota rock music evolved. The chronicle begins with musicians from the 1950s and early 1960s, including Augie Garcia, Bobby Vee, the Fendermen, and Mike Waggoner and the Bops. Shefchik looks at how a local recording studio and record label, along with Minnesota radio stations, helped make their achievements possible and prepared the way for later bands to break out nationally. Shefchik delves deeply into the Trashmen’s emblematic rise to fame. A Minneapolis band that recorded a fluke novelty hit called “Surfin’ Bird” at Kay Bank Studios, the Trashmen signed with Soma Records, topped the local charts in late 1963, and were poised to top the national charts in early 1964. Hundreds of Minnesota bands took inspiration from the Trashmen’s success, as teen dances with live bands flourished in clubs, ballrooms, gyms, and halls across the Upper Midwest. Here are the stories of bands like the Gestures, the Castaways, and the Underbeats, and the triumphs—and tragedies—of the most prominent Minnesota-spawned bands of the late 1960s, including Gypsy, Crow, and the Litter. For the baby boomers who remember it and everyone else who has felt its influence, the 1960s rock-and-roll scene in Minnesota was an extraordinary period both in musical history and popular culture, and now it’s captured fully in print for the first time. Everybody’s Heard about the Bird celebrates how these bands found their singular sound and played for their elated audiences from the golden era to today.
An autobiography, by the bass player, of the Rolling Stones band describing the band's early years and success.
A fascinating and unexpected exploration of the Jewish roots of rock music illuminates the contributions of Jews and Judaism to the formation of the genre, including coverage of Jerry Lieber, Mike Stroller, Randy Newman, Billy Joel, Kinky Friedman, David Lee Roth, and of course, Bob Dylan--the musician formally known as Bob Zimmerman. Original. (Performing Arts)
Ed Ward covers the first half of the history of rock & roll in this sweeping and definitive narrative—from the 1920s, when the music of rambling medicine shows mingled with the songs of vaudeville and minstrel acts to create the very early sounds of country and rhythm and blues, to the rise of the first independent record labels post-World War II, and concluding in December 1963, just as an immense change in the airwaves took hold and the Beatles prepared for their first American tour. The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1 shines a light on the far corners of the genre to reveal the stories behind the hugely influential artists who changed the musical landscape forever. In this first volume of a two-part series, Ward shares his endless depth of knowledge and through engrossing storytelling hops seamlessly from Memphis to Chicago, Detroit, England, New York, and everywhere in between. He covers the trajectories of the big name acts like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles, while also filling in gaps of knowledge and celebrating forgotten heroes such as the Burnette brothers, the “5” Royales, and Marion Keisker, Sam Phillips’s assistant, who played an integral part in launching Elvis’s career. For all music lovers and rock & roll fans, Ward spins story after story of some of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking moments in rock history, introducing us along the way to the musicians, DJs, record executives, and producers who were at the forefront of the genre and had a hand in creating the music we all know and love today.
An international bestseller, this hot, hip and quirky love story from a talented young Italian author has been hailed as the Catcher in the Rye of the 90's.
When rock and roll first burst onto the scene in the 1950s, it was more than a new form of musicit was a rebellion against the past. With the music of such artists as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and the Supremes came a new attitude that allowed fansmany of them youngto look past the social norms of the time, a shift that included a greater interaction with and understanding between the races. This stunning, story-filled volume examines the phenomenon of rock and rollthe way it was before it crept into the mainstream it had once retaliated againstand the many musicians who made it into an art.