Turning Points in Rock and Roll

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Citadel Press, 2004 - 282 pages
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The history of rock and roll is a long and winding road full of unforgettable moments, but some of them provided more than magic memories: They triggered social and cultural revolutions. They radically changed the way music is performed and recorded. They altered our very perception of what popular music is. Written by a longtime industry insider and featuring interviews with over 100 key figures, Turning Points in Rock and Roll gives you a front-row seat to the pivotal events and breakthroughs of the past fifty-plus years in music. From the first great music festival at Monterey to the violence at Altamont that signaled the beginning of a new era, from Elvis's swiveling hips to Mick Jagger's pouting lips...it's all here -- the people and events that have kept rock and roll vibrant, vital, and constantly evolving in bold new directions. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

18771977 Edison Invents the Phonograph
1
194655 Les Paul Invents the SolidBody
23
1953 Elvis Presley Strolls in to the Union
46
1954 Alan Freed Changes the Name of
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19551982 From the Transistor Radio
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1959 Buddy Holly Crashes
101
1963 Beatlemania
110
1965 Bob Dylan Goes Electric at the Newport Folk Festival
125
1977 The Sex Pistols Tour America
172
1981 MTV Launches
182
1985 Live Aid
192
1991 Nirvana Hits 1 with Nevermind
201
1995 MP3 Napster and the End of the World as We Know It
211
Afterword
227
Quotes
229
Bibliography
251

1966 Paul Williams Launches Crawdaddy Magazine
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1966 Ahmet Ertegun Signs Cream Rock and Roll Becomes Rock
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196769 From Monterey Pop to Woodstock to Altamont Innocence Found and Lost
155
Index
267
About the Author
281
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