| If you're interested in the history and mythology of Rock
'N Roll, the damn good stories it's spawned, or just want to follow everything
your favorite musician is doing, Book Shelf is for you. Edited by
a librarian and R&R historian, this feature will cover new book releases
and also mention old ones considered gems for any Rock 'N Roll head. Suggestions
and reviews are very welcome.
The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Legendary Neighborhood
From the moment you pick it up and look at the dust cover you think, "Oh boy! This is going to really be good." Just looking at the pictures is exciting.
|In the late sixties, musicians like Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Carole King, Frank Zappa, the Eagles, and the Mamas and the Papas came together for the first time to meld folk, rock, and American pop into something completely new, something that would launch a generation into history. LAUREL CANYON is the account of what happened behind the scenes to make that generation of music blow up and out of Laurel Canyon, California. Michael Walker recreates jam sessions at the home of Joni Mitchell and then drives down the streets of Laurel Canyon today, listening as those same songs waft out of bungalow windows. He lives in Laurel Canyon.|
|The official biography of Status Quo's drummer, John Coghlan. Details||From Beneath The Wizard's Gown endeavors to delve into the corners of Bolan's mind that made him the charismatic mystical icon. Details||The definitive guide to London's rock scene, featuring reviews and detailed information on all major venues in the city. Details||Biography of Cream's Jack Bruce, due out in September, on the heels of their reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall, in May 2005. Details|
Rolling Stone: The Complete Covers. The front cover is Bob Dylan, the back , Jason Dylan. I thought that pretty much says it.
If you're interested in Blondie, the punk era, or the New York
City scene over the past 30 years, you'll be interested in the new release
Blondie, from Punk to the Present.
Positively 4th Street
By David Hajdu
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001
David Hajdu's book, , is the story of how Bob Dylan and Joan Baez formed a relationship in Greenwich Village in the 1960's which eventually led to the creation of the Bohemian lifestyle and a dramatic change in folk music as an art. Hajdu is a journalist and the author of an award winning biography of Billy Strayhorn.
Richard Avedon and Doon Arbus
Random House, NY: 1999
Avedon and Arbus have been collorating on this project for thirty years. The photos and interviews that you find in this book are exquisite morsels of the '60's. Many of the interviews you'll recognize from the Rolling Stone; many of the photos you'll recognize from some of your favorite albums.
Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience
Steve Waksman, Harvard: 2000
This tells the story of electric guitar inventers, Les Paul(Gibson) and Leo Fender with a bit of Chet Atkins thrown in, to add a dash of Gretsch.
Follow The Music: The Life And High Times Of Elektra Records In
The Great Years Of American Pop Culture by Jac Holzman and Gavan
Daws First Media: 1998
Not Fade Away: The Rock & Roll Photography of Jim Marshall
Get Back : The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles' Let It Be Disaster by Doug Sulpy and Ray Schweighardt. New York: St Martin's Press. 1997
The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll: A Misguided tour Through Popular Music by Chuck Eddy. New York: Da Capo Press. 1997
Transformer: the Lou Reed Story by Victor Bockris. New York: Da Capo Press. 1997
Stir It Up by Gene Santoro. Oxford University Press, 1997
Blue Book of Guitar Values, 1997 by S.P. Fjestad, ed.
Rock Accounts, by Cliff Dane.
Have any really great Rock 'N Roll books? Let us know and we'll be glad to include your review. --Editor
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