Echo Twang

Author: Tony Bacon
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780879306427
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Echo Twang from the Author: Tony Bacon. (Book). This book plugs you into a decade in popular music and pop culture that simply could not have happened without the electric guitar. Year by year, you'll discover the guitars, players (Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Barney Kessel and many more) and developments that impacted jazz, blues and country and gave birth to a timeless movement called rock'n'roll. In stunning full-color throughout, it also features classic ads, catalogs, movie posters and other fascinating '50s memorabilia. Includes an index and a bibliography.

Million Dollar Les Paul

Author: Tony Bacon
Publisher: Jawbone
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Million Dollar Les Paul from the Author: Tony Bacon. The original sunburst Gibson Les Paul - known as the 'Burst' - is the most celebrated electric guitar of all time. Manufactured at the end of the 50s, it was the instrument of choice for players such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck (left). Now, examples of the guitar are changing hands for high six-figure sums. Million Dollar Les Paul tells the story of these legendary instruments and explores why they have become so desirable. It seems only a matter of time before a Burst sells for a million dollars. By the time you read this book, in fact, it may already have happened. This book, by renowned guitar historian Tony Bacon, combines meticulous research with a series of new interviews with players, technicians, and collectors, including Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Mr. Les Paul himself. It takes readers on a fascinating journey from a factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, through the British blues scene of the 60s, to the salerooms and concert stages of the present day.

Forthcoming Books

Author: R.R. Bowker Company. Dept. of Bibliography
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Forthcoming Books from the Author: R.R. Bowker Company. Dept. of Bibliography.

Fuzz Feedback

Author: Tony Bacon
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780879306120
Size: 49.59 MB
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Fuzz Feedback from the Author: Tony Bacon. Everything changed in the Sixties, not least music. At the heart of this mesmerizing decade was the electric guitar. Bent, distorted, reverbed and overloaded, its sound drove some of the most revolutionary music ever made. This colorful book, decked out with 340 color photos and four fold-out spreads, traces the guitars, players and music of the '60s year by year - from folk-rock to surf to psychedelia, plus jazz, blues and country. A special section features The Beatles and their influential axes.


Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 0760340625
Size: 48.46 MB
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Rockabilly from the Author: . It was the twang heard ’round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock ‘n’ roll and ruling the world. Here’s the story of Elvis Presley’s first Sun records that inspired all. And here’s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955—1959, in a book chock full of photos, collectible memorabilia, movie posters, rare records, fashion, and rebel lifestyle. The story continues today, with a rockabilly revival that began with stars, such as the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading around the globe from Europe to Japan. Today, rockabilly is better than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton Heat and others playing the music and living the life from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo. There’s still good rockin’ tonight!

All Shook Up

Author: Glenn C. Altschuler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198031918
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All Shook Up from the Author: Glenn C. Altschuler. The birth of rock 'n roll ignited a firestorm of controversy--one critic called it "musical riots put to a switchblade beat"--but if it generated much sound and fury, what, if anything, did it signify? As Glenn Altschuler reveals in All Shook Up, the rise of rock 'n roll--and the outraged reception to it--in fact can tell us a lot about the values of the United States in the 1950s, a decade that saw a great struggle for the control of popular culture. Altschuler shows, in particular, how rock's "switchblade beat" opened up wide fissures in American society along the fault-lines of family, sexuality, and race. For instance, the birth of rock coincided with the Civil Rights movement and brought "race music" into many white homes for the first time. Elvis freely credited blacks with originating the music he sang and some of the great early rockers were African American, most notably, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. In addition, rock celebrated romance and sex, rattled the reticent by pushing sexuality into the public arena, and mocked deferred gratification and the obsession with work of men in gray flannel suits. And it delighted in the separate world of the teenager and deepened the divide between the generations, helping teenagers differentiate themselves from others. Altschuler includes vivid biographical sketches of the great rock 'n rollers, including Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly--plus their white-bread doppelgangers such as Pat Boone. Rock 'n roll seemed to be everywhere during the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to those Americans intent on wishing away all forms of dissent and conflict. As vibrant as the music itself, All Shook Up reveals how rock 'n roll challenged and changed American culture and laid the foundation for the social upheaval of the sixties.

That Half Barbaric Twang

Author: Karen Linn
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252064333
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That Half Barbaric Twang from the Author: Karen Linn. This is an interpretation of the changing and conflicting images of a musical instrument as found in the national, commercial culture of the United States.

The Strat In The Attic 2

Author: Deke Dickerson
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 1627885560
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The Strat In The Attic 2 from the Author: Deke Dickerson. More astounding stories of rare guitar finds and the music legends who owned them. Do you dream of finding a 1954 Stratocaster or 1952 Gibson Les Paul online, at a garage sale, or in the local penny saver? How about virtually rubbing elbows with one of your favorite rock legends? Following up his first-of-its-kind The Strat in the Attic, musician, journalist, and "guitarchaeologist" Deke Dickerson shares the stories behind dozens of more astounding finds including: A rarer-than-hens-teeth 1966 Hallmark Swept-Wing that originally belonged to Robbie Krieger of the Doors, stashed away in an attic in Alaska for forty years! A crazy-valuable 1958 Gibson Flying V belonging to a Chicago bluesman--who, it turns out, also happens to have an equally rare 1958 Gibson Explorer! An out-of-the-blue, a "to whom it may concern" email leads the author to a trailer park in Salem, Oregon, where one of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys' original 1940's Epiphone Emperor archtops is waiting to be purchased for a song! Luthier R.C. Allen relates the tales of buying Nat "King" Cole Trio guitarist Oscar Moore's Stromberg Master 400 archtop and of being gifted a 1953 Standel amp from Merle Travis! Buddy Merrill, the amazingly talented guitarist from the Lawrence Welk show, gives his 1970 Micro-Frets Huntington to the author, but only if he "promises to PRACTICE." Photos of the guitars and other exciting memorabilia round out a package that no vintage-guitar aficionado will want to be without!

The New Rolling Stone Record Guide

Author: Dave Marsh
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780394721071
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The New Rolling Stone Record Guide from the Author: Dave Marsh. This comprehensive reference rates and describes albums released in the United States

The Rest Is Noise

Author: Alex Ross
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429932880
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The Rest Is Noise from the Author: Alex Ross. The scandal over modern music has not died down. While paintings by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences. At the same time, the influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalist music has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward. Alex Ross, the brilliant music critic for The New Yorker, shines a bright light on this secret world, and shows how it has pervaded every corner of twentieth century life. The Rest Is Noise takes the reader inside the labyrinth of modern sound. It tells of maverick personalities who have resisted the cult of the classical past, struggled against the indifference of a wide public, and defied the will of dictators. Whether they have charmed audiences with the purest beauty or battered them with the purest noise, composers have always been exuberantly of the present, defying the stereotype of classical music as a dying art. Ross, in this sweeping and dramatic narrative, takes us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to downtown New York in the sixties and seventies. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of dramatic new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, riots, and friendships forged and broken. In the tradition of Simon Schama's The Embarrassment of Riches and Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club, the end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.