Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll

Rock of Ages The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll Attempts to track rock and roll as music as culture as headline maker as business from its hazy origins to the present day

  • Title: Rock of Ages: The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll
  • Author: EdWard Ken Tucker Geoffrey Stokes
  • ISBN: 9780671630683
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • Attempts to track rock and roll as music, as culture, as headline maker, as business from its hazy origins to the present day.

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    1. I read this when it came out in the 80s, when I was in college, and decided to check back when Peter Guralnick's Elvis bio left me hungry for more context about the music's earliest days. And indeed, while it's impossible to be comprehensive (or definitive) about a whole (and somewhat hard-to-define) genre of music, Ed Ward's take on the 50s and before is the real highlight here. Ward's a very funny writer, especially about the mass hysteria early rock n roll generated among self-appointed moral [...]

    2. This isn't the book to read if you want in-depth information about particular bands. If you like to read about history, music and business trends and get a good overview of important artists, this is a good read. I found the first section of the book quite exciting and interesting. The author of that chapter begins by talking about the history of popular music in the United States, setting the foundation for the rock and roll to come. The information about the 40s and 50s wasn't as interesting t [...]

    3. This is a sturdy history of rock and roll focussing on the period of rock's emergence in the 1950's through the beginning of the video era in the mid-1980's. There is quite a bit of detail here, with the book coming in at over 600 pages. It is split into three sections (50s and before, 60's, and 70's and beyond), each written by one of the three authors. I'm not a huge fan of the chronological approach to rock, as such accounts tend toward a "and then this happened, and then this happened" type [...]

    4. A very good running history of Rock especially the 50s & 60s running into the 80s up to Frank Zappa vs. the PMRC. A must have member of the Rolling Stone Magazine trilogy of rock (The 1983 Encyclopedia & the red-cover [the blue's good too)record guide being the others).

    5. Got this book when I was still in my teens. A very thorough and comprehensive book about the history of R&R from the 40s and 50s through the PMRC in the 80s.

    6. Anything you ever wanted to know about any band! Came in Handy with school projects and if you just want to know more about a particular band. This book is Awesome!

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