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Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties
Dylan Goes Electric!
Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062366688
Delving into folk revival, the rise of rock and the tension between traditional and groundbreaking music, a well-respected music critic explores the cultural, political and historical context of when—50 years ago, on July 25, 1965—Bob Dylan, backed by an electric band, debuted his new rock hit, "Like a Rolling Stone." 50,000 first printing.
1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music
1965
The Most Revolutionary Year in Music
Paperback      ISBN: 1250181712
A lively chronicle of the year that shaped popular music forever! More than half a century ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the year rock evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the Western world. The Beatles made their first artistic statement with Rubber Soul. Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone, arguably the greatest song of all time, and went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. The Rolling Stones's "Satisfaction" catapulted the band to world-wide success. New genres such as funk, psychedelia, folk rock, proto-punk, and baroque pop were born. Soul music became a prime force of desegregation as Motown crossed over from the R&B charts to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Country music reached new heights with Nashville and the Bakersfield sound. Musicians raced to innovate sonically and lyrically against the backdrop of seismic cultural shifts wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, psychedelics, the Pill, long hair for men, and designer Mary Quant
Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World
Roots, Radicals and Rockers
How Skiffle Changed the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 0571327745
Skiffle is a music genre with jazz, blues, folk, and roots influences, usually using homemade or improvised instruments. This is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth ? a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it. It’s a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts. Billy traces how the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s. Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early ’50s, skiffle was adopted by kids who growing up during the dreary, post-war rationing years. Then, the pop culture was dominated by crooners and mediated by a stuffy BBC. Lonnie Donegan hit the charts in 1956 with a version of ?Rock Island Line’ and soon sales of guitars rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year. Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, skiffle was a do-it-yourself music. All you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section.
The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles: How Music Has Shaped Civilization
The Story of Music
From Babylon to the Beatles: How Music Has Shaped Civilization
Paperback      ISBN: 1605986704
Discusses topics ranging from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop to explain how respective musical innovations were inspired by original forces that reflected common human themes.
Hellraisers: A Complete Visual History of Heavy Metal Mayhem
Hellraisers
A Complete Visual History of Heavy Metal Mayhem
Hardcover      ISBN: 1631064304
Take a journey through the fifty-year history of metal music from its earliest roots with Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and Led Zeppelin to the metal music of today. From Black Sabbath's definition of the genre in 1970, to AC/DC and Anthrax to Metallica and Motorhead, this is a band by band exploration of metal's most innovative and hardcore sounds that can be heard around the world. A chronological fold-out timeline will keep you on the heels of major events in the half-century the metal genre has existed. Co-authored by Axl Rosenberg and Chris Krovatin of the hugely popular blog metalsucks.com, this is a visually dynamic history, complete with brand-new band interviews, more than 200 photos, interviews, and plenty more to keep you throwing horns all night long.
Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution
Prince
Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution
Paperback      ISBN: 087930961x
Chronicles the decades-long career of pop star Prince, covering every album, every movie and every tour and profiling his various key collaborators and business dealings. Original.
Song of the North Country: A Midwest Framework to the Songs of Bob Dylan
Song of the North Country
A Midwest Framework to the Songs of Bob Dylan
Paperback      ISBN: 1441197664
A remarkably fresh piece of Dylan scholarship, focusing on the profound impact that his Midwestern roots have had on his songs, politics, and prophetic character. >
Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop
Anatomy of a Song
The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop
Hardcover      ISBN: 080212559x
Based on the popular Wall Street Journal column "Anatomy of a Song," a collection of behind-the-scenes stories draws on interviews with forefront music artists revealing the inspirations for influential songs, from Elvis Costello's "Red Shoes" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" to The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion."
Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop
Anatomy of a Song
The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop
Paperback      ISBN: 0802127185
Based on the popular Wall Street Journal column, Anatomy of a Song captures the stories behind 45 influential rock, R&B, and pop hits through oral-history interviews with the artists who wrote and recorded them—including Keith Richards on "Street Fighting Man," Rod Stewart on "Maggie May," and more
Appetite for Definition: An A-Z Guide to Rock Genres
Appetite for Definition
An A-Z Guide to Rock Genres
Paperback      ISBN: 006268888x
Compiling over 200 genres of rock music, a part reference book, part history and part road map to the connectivity of popular music is the essential companion for any rock lover