Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock

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Grove Press, 1970 - Music - 255 pages
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Written in 1968 and revised in 1972, Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom was the first book to celebrate the language and the primal essence of rock 'n' roll. But it was much more than that. It was a cogent history of an unruly era, from the rise of Bill Haley to the death of Jimi Hendrix. And while telling outrageous tales, vividly describing the music, and cutting through the hype, Nik Cohn would engender a new literary form: rock criticism. In his book's wake, rock criticism has turned into a veritable industry, and the world of music has never been the same. Now this seminal history of rock 'n' roll's evolution is available once more -- as riotous a spree as any in rock writing.
 

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Contents

Introduction by Kit Lambert
9
Roots
11
Bill Haley
18
Elvis Presley
23
Classic Rock
31
Highschool
52
Eddie Cochran
58
English Rock
61
The Rolling Stones
150
RB England
162
Bob Dylan
168
The Who
175
Mod
182
P J Proby
196
Anglophilia Bacharach and FolkRock
202
The Monkees
214

Rue Morgue
75
The Twist
86
Spectorsound
93
California
99
Soul
109
The Beatles
129
Merseybeat
147
Love
218
England 1966
228
Ending
241
Afterthoughts
244
Acknowledgements
247
Index
248
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