Gathered From Coincidence

A Singular history of Sixties’ pop

Author: Tony Dunsbee

Publisher: M-Y Books via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1909908339

Category: Music

Page: 198

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Combining the personal memories and critical analysis of a self-confessed pop addict with a wealth of contemporary documentary evidence, Gathered From Coincidence reconstructs a truly momentous era to tell the story of the music of the Sixties year by year.By tracing in parallel the origins and development of the recording careers of major talents on both sides of the Atlantic – the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Dusty Springfield and many more besides – this account shows how they traded creativity with one another.All the great Sixties’ hits – as well as a host of less well-known gems – are described in the context of the charts of the day, tracking the ups and downs of different trends as they came and went, such as: rock’n’roll, rhythm & blues, psychedelia, modern folk, the concept album or supergroups.But beyond this, each chapter also places the music in a broader historical and cultural setting of landmark events at home and abroad – the space race, the Profumo affair, the Cold War, Vietnam, the growth of satire – to show how, as the decade unfolded, the paths of pop and current affairs drew ever closer together.If you thought the Sixties were just about the fleeting dreams of hippies in the Summer of Love, then think again!This book will open your eyes to a far-reaching imaginative legacy and how it came to shape pop music as a dazzling art form in its own right.

Jingle Jangle Morning

Folk-Rock in the 1960s

Author: Richie Unterberger

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0991589211

Category: Music

Page: 700

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Jingle Jangle Morning is the story of how folk and rock merged in the 1960s to create folk-rock, injecting social consciousness and poetic lyricism into popular music to scale heights that neither folk nor rock could have reached without blending. It draws on more than 100 first-hand interviews with key musicians, producers, promoters, and journalists, from stars like Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Donovan, John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful, and Judy Collins to behind-the-scenes producers and cult artists. Starting with the folk revival of the early 1960s, it covers the folk-rock movement from the first stars to electrify folk (especially the Byrds and Bob Dylan) to stars like Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as underrated greats (like Richard & Mimi Fariña, Fred Neil, Tim Buckley, and Nick Drake to nearly unknown cult artists. Previously published in two separate volumes as Turn! Turn! Turn! and Eight Miles High, this combines those books into one, adding nearly 100,000 words of updates and new material.

Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay

The dodgy business of popular music

Author: Simon Napier-Bell

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783520302

Category: Music

Page: 400

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Let legendary rock manager Simon Napier-Bell take you inside the (dodgy) world of popular music – not just a creative industry, but a business that has made people rich beyond their wildest dreams. He balances seductive anecdotes – pulling back the curtain on the gritty and absurd side of the industry – with an insightful exploration of the relationship between creativity and money. This book describes the evolution of the industry from 1713 – the year parliament granted writers ownership over what they wrote – to today, when a global, 100 billion pound industry is controlled by just three major players: Sony, Universal and Warner. Inside you will uncover some little-known facts about the industry, including: How a formula for writing hit songs in the 1900s helped create 50,000 of the best-known songs of all time. How infighting in the American pre-war music industry shut down traditional radio and created an opening for country music, race records and rock'n'roll. How Jewish immigrants and black jazz musicians dancing cheek-to-cheek created a template for all popular music that followed. How rock tours became the biggest, quickest, sleaziest and most profitable ventures the music industry has ever seen. After reading Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay, you'll never listen to music in the same way again.

Ray Davies

A Complicated Life

Author: Johnny Rogan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1847923313

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 768

View: 9699

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NOW UPDATED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit ‘You Really Got Me’. Within months, they were established among the pop elite, swamped by fans and fast becoming renowned for the rioting at their gigs. But Ray’s journey from working-class Muswell Hill to the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame was tumultuous in the extreme, featuring breakdowns, bitter lawsuits, spectacular punch-ups and a ban from entering the USA. His relationship with his brother Dave is surely the most ferocious and abusive in music history. Based on countless interviews conducted over several decades, this richly detailed and revelatory biography presents the most frank and intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies.

Rock Obituaries - Knocking On Heaven's Door

Author: Nick Talevski

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857121170

Category: Music

Page: 700

View: 6236

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The fascination with tragedy and the subsequent theatre of voyeurism are part of human nature, especially when it involves our icons, celebrities and musicians. Knocking On Heaven's Door is the definitive book of rock 'n' roll, pop, R&B and blues deaths. Often, only the biggest selling artists are written about and sometimes it is the death of a personality that cements their iconic status. Knocking On Heaven's Door not only covers the rock legends who lived hard and died young, this detailed reference contains over 1,000 obituaries of music industry personalities, famous and obscure from mid-fifties to the present day. Alphabetical entries of all the important individuals, including: noteworthy producers, managers, songwriters, record company founders A&R men and even critics, puts all the information at your finger tips. Nick Talevski has spent a decade researching this comprehensive and authoritative reference book and it will be an indispensable and practical addition to every music library, full of irresistible and intriguing information.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons

Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox

Author: Greg Fitzsimmons

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439192122

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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PARENT S: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It’s what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child’s failures, but—lucky for us—Greg Fitzsimmons’s family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from. Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg’s life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg’s distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.

Sympathy for the Devil

The Birth of the Rolling Stones and the Death of Brian Jones

Author: Paul Trynka

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448154057

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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The story of the Rolling Stones is one of the epic rock 'n' roll yarns of our time. Their music defined today's cultural landscape and their history is a source of endless fascination for music fans around the world. Yet one crucial part of that story has never been comprehensively analysed: the role of Brian Jones, the visionary who founded the band and controlled their early music down to the smallest detail. Drawing on over one hundred interviews with key principals including Keith Richards, Andrew Oldham and Marianne Faithfull, this is a story told from a totally new perspective and which lays bare the shocking ruthlessness, internal warfare and sexual competition within this most legendary of bands. As well as exploring Jones' crucial role in the Stones' music, it will also investigate the unravelling of his psyche, as observed by Brian's family, friends, bandmates, lovers and enemies. Victors get to write the history - but it's never wholly true. Brian's life story is a gripping one, an epic battle between creativity and ambition, between self-sabotage and betrayal. This book will disentangle the threads of the Rolling Stones story and put Brian Jones firmly in the foreground.

Seduced and Abandoned

Essays on Gay Men and Popular Music

Author: Richard Smith

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9780304333431

Category: Gay men

Page: 253

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An examination of the different ways that gay men use pop music, as producers and consumers and how, in turn, pop music uses gay men. From Erasure 'being boring' to 'little town flirt' Suede, the essays and interviews look at how pop is a platform to explore, articulate, conform to or contest notions of sexuality and gender. Seduced and Abandoned examines themes including ambisexuality, masculinity, new lads, camp and much more, creating a collection that is both challenging and contentious. A defence of cultural differences and an attack on cultural elitism, this book is as passionate and provocative as pop itself.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

A Consolidated Index to More Than 3,200,000 Biographical Sketches in Over 350 Current and Retrospective Biographical Dictionaries

Author: Jennifer Mossman

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780787629977

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 941

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Index to current and retrospective biographical reference sources for individuals from around the world in various fields of activity.

Shakey

Neil Young's Biography

Author: Jimmy McDonough

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780679750963

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 786

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A chronicle of the enigmatic performer reveals his lonely childhood, struggle with epilepsy, role as a father to a child with cerebral palsy, efforts as an awareness advocate, and achievements as a musician and band member.