The Mammoth Book of Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll

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Jim Driver
Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001 - History - 620 pages
8 Reviews
With names like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Keith Moon, Billie Holiday, Gram Parsons, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Patsy Cline, the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Kiss, and Courtney Love, the cast of characters is as spectacular as their lifestyles were notorious. They flouted convention; they defied the establishment. They flung TVs out of hotel windows and drove Rolls Royces into swimming pools. They shot up, they burned out, they came down. For more than fifty years their excesses, scandals, heartbreaks, and tragedies made headline news. And their music changed the rhythms of nations on both side of the Atlantic. Sometimes shocking, always fascinating, this mammoth volume comprises a history of the industry and the artists who reinvented popular music as rock 'n' roll.

In Day-Glo color this chronicle traces the evolution of rock music out of the jazz rhythms of the twenties and the blues of the thirties into the phenomenon of the postmodern rock megastar. It illuminates the power of rock performers onstage and their effect on the three generations of audiences that have shrieked and fainted and applauded in theaters, arenas, open fields, and stadiums across America and around the world. It also explores the lives of rock artists offstage and outside the recording studio -- revealing many of their outrageous secrets. Add to all that, specially commissioned pieces from top names in the business like Ray Davies, Nick Lowe, and Tom Waits, and you have a Mammoth that's a must for music fans everywhere.

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Review: The Mammoth Book of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll

User Review  - Shonna Nelson-Williams - Goodreads

Very educational. I picked up this book expecting incredibly vulgar stories. But, to my surprise I've learned a lot from the historical references to rock n roll. And not all rock, but jazz, blues, swing time or rag time. It's a good book. Read full review

Review: The Mammoth Book of Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll

User Review  - Colin Murtagh - Goodreads

This is an interesting not so little book. I found myself caught up in many of the stories, even of the band's I had no real interest in. Whilst well researched some of the stories may come as no surprise to those well versed in the music scene, however an interesting and fun read Read full review

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