Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock

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Grove Press, 2001 - 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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User Review  - JohnPhelan - LibraryThing

One of the few heirlooms in my family is a set of books about the First World War by Frank R. Cana. They were dashed out as soon as the war ended so include some factual errors, such as that Samsonov ... Read full review

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Nik Cohn got in early with his history of rock and roll, published in 1969 (I think), although the artform survived until about 1984 before it choked on its own vomit. Enough old man's grumblings ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction by Kit Lambert
11
Classic Rock
31
Highschool
52
Rue Morgue
75
Spectorsound
93
Soul
109
The Beatles
129
Merseybeat
147
RB England
162
Mod
182
P J Proby
196
The Monkees
214
England 1966
228
Ending
241
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