The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made

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Da Capo Press, 1999 - Music - 717 pages
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In The Heart of Rock & Soul, veteran rock critic Dave Marsh offers a polemical guide to the 1,001 greatest rock and soul singles ever made, encompassing rock, metal, R&B, disco, folk, funk, punk, reggae, rap, soul, country, and any other music that has made a difference over the past fifty years. The illuminating essays—complete with music history, social commentary, and personal appraisals—double as a mini-history of popular music. Here you will find singles by artists as wide-ranging as Aretha Franklin, George Jones, Roy Orbison, the Sex Pistols, Madonna, Run-D.M.C., and Van Halen. Featuring a new preface that covers the hits—and misses—of the '90s, The Heart of Rock & Soul remains as provocative, passionate, and timeless as the music it praises.

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User Review  - jburlinson - LibraryThing

For Dave Marsh, rock and roll is thoroughly grafted into the very marrow of his bones. Each song evokes a specific moment, emotion, artifact, or insight. Actually, "evokes" is not the right word ... Read full review

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User Review  - leowillemse - LibraryThing

Great book about the significance of popmusic starting from the Fifties 'till the late 80's.Full of personal opinions, memories and knowledge of the start and history of Rock & Soul Music.The strength of the book lies in the combination of deep knowledge and deep personal involvement. Read full review

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Dave Marsh is the author of the bestselling Bruce Springsteen biographies, Born to Run and Glory Days, and over a dozen other books, including Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who, Louie, Louie: The History and Myth, and The New Book of Rock Lists. A former editor of Creem and Rolling Stone, he currently edits the newsletter Rock & Roll Confidential.

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