Paperback - 320 pages - Publisher: Billboard Books - 1994 - English Rock and roll wasn´t supposed to last. From the days in 1953 when Bill Haley and His Comets´ ´´Crazy Man Crazy´´ became the first rock record to enter the Billboard charts, through the arrival of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard later in the decade, the music and its stars were often dismissed as a passing phase, a garish blip on the screen of constantly changing teen tastes. In fact, ten years after rock´s inception, even the biggest stars of the era downplayed their signifi-cance. In 1963, in the first flush of the mania that would be named for them, the Beatles often talked of what they would do ´´when the bubble burst´´: at the time, George Harrison mentioned something about becoming an electrician; Ringo Starr said he dreamed of owning a string of ladies´ hair salons. But the bubble didn´t burst, for the Beatles or for rock and roll. Rock and roll did last. It enters its fifth decade as a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry whose reach extends beyond teenagers to generations who have grown up, and older, with it. Along the way, it has infiltrated the culture of the world. Its songs have provided the soundtracks for political campaigns and social movements, for wars and revolutions. Its heroes have been at the forefront of constantly evolving tastes, mores, trends, and aes-thetics. From Elvis shaking the Eisenhower years from their secure slumber with a wag of his hips; to Bob Dylan galvanizing the civil rights movement of the 1960s with ´´Blowin´ in the Wind´´; to the Beatles changing the look and sound of virtually everything by the sheer power of their presence; to Bob Geldof raising tens of millions of dollars for starving Ethiopians with Band Aid and Live Aid; to the heavy metal of Van Halen, which U.S. military pilots used to pump themselves up for combat in the Gulf War, rock and roll has proved that is has not merely last-ed—it has mattered. That rock has done all this is hardly news. And outlining the role and importance of rock isn´t the purpose of this book. Instead, Pioneers of Rock and Roll is an examination of artists whose music and careers have defined and redefined rock in the course of its history and, in the process, made it a crucial component of the culture of its time. ´´Artists´´ is the key word in all of this and is used intentionally in place of ´´performers,´´ ´´musicians,´´ or ´´acts.´´ Each of the individuals or groups includ-ed in this book has contributed in one or more ways to establishing rock as an art form. While the latter point—rock as art—could still be open to debate in some aesthetic spheres, the case for such status can certainly be made. If art can be defined as a creative expression of a particular time, for all time, then rock is art. It would be impossible, or at least misleading, to discuss or study or evaluate the social history of the West in the second half of this century without factoring in the impact of rock and roll. The point of all this as it pertains to this book is that if rock and roll had simply been a commercial device to separate teens (or their parents) from their money, or just another form of entertainment, it would never have lasted. It has lasted because, in its highest forms—in the music of people who are included in this book—it is more than those other aspects. It is art. And this book is about how they have made it thus. On to practical matters. The artist entries have several components. Each includes an analysis of music and impact of the indi-vidual artist or group that explains why and how they became ´´pioneers.´´ And each includes a discus-sion of the artist´s career, providing pertinent dates and facts to place the analysis in a historical context.
This audiobook is my personal tribute to the Beatles - Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. One might think, for just a moment, that my subtitle - ´´Growing up with John, Paul, George and Ringo´´ - would imply that I actually grew up with these men during my childhood. Well, I actually did grow up with them but not in the physical sense of having played with them as boys in the neighborhoods of Liverpool, England, or having attended school with them. (I was only a toddler when they invaded America.) No, I grew up with the Beatles in the sense of their being the first musical influence that ever touched my life in a significant way. At the early age of six, I remember hearing my sister play her Beatles albums and singles. I listened to them with her at about age seven, hearing albums such as Abbey Road and singles such as ´´You Know My Name (Look Up the Number).´´ I realized that this group had an incredible range of diversity, from rock-opera type releases to songs with a great deal of humor in them. From that time forward, and throughout my life to-date, this amazing music phenomenon has made me laugh, cry, rejoice and feel romantic when courting my wife in the early 1980s. Do I place the Beatles in the same category as a religious experience or something I could never have survived without? Certainly not. But I can say honestly that their music has brought more to my life than I would have experienced had I never discovered them. It is my hope that this audiobook helps to convey some of that experience to its listeners and that, at the same time, they can see in the chapters that follow, the humanity, struggles, and events that also impacted the lives of these brilliant music legends. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James M. Lowrance. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013532/bk_acx0_013532_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Haven´t you always wanted to go backstage? Englishman Bryan Rooney is your personal guide through the highs and lows of the music business as he experienced it, starting where rock ´n´ roll begain: Liverpool in the 1960s. As one of the first roadies ever, Bryan tells firsthand about life on and off the road - and around the world - with Procol Harum, Reinhard Mey, The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, Donna Summer, and more. Join this master storyteller as he takes you from concert riots in the Frisian Islands and Milan, through the hallways of Tittenhurst Park, to being pulled over by Malibu cops in an Excalibur with a drunken Keith Moon wearing a Nazi uniform. Celebrate Bryan´s wedding with his best man Ringo Starr, and fly the Concorde with sausages for John Lennon. BackStage is your pass to this whirlwind adventure. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bryan Rooney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/024318/bk_acx0_024318_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From behind the drums to behind the lens, in PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr opens his archives to share memories of his childhood, The Beatles and beyond. Rare and unseen photographs taken by Ringo, with others reproduced from his family albums, are showcased here for fans of The Beatles and anyone passionate about modern music. Accompanied by Ringo´s original manuscript of over 15,000 words, PHOTOGRAPH gives unprecedented insight into the life of one of the world´s greatest musicians. From Pwllheli to Delhi, obscurity to superstardom, join Ringo on his travels in his photographic memoir.
Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now. The product of almost a decade of research, hundreds of unprecedented interviews, and the discovery of scores of never-before-revealed documents, Bob Spitz´s The Beatles is the biography fans have been waiting for. Never before has a biography of musicians been so immersive and textured. We are there in the McCartney living room when Paul and John learn to write songs together; backstage the night Ringo takes over on drums; in seedy German strip clubs where George lies about his age so the band can perform; and at the Ed Sullivan Show as America discovers the joy and the madness. From Shea to San Francisco, through the London night, on to India, through marmalade skies, across the universe, all the way to a rooftop concert and one last moment of laughter and music. It is all here, the highs and the lows, the love and the rivalry, the drugs, the tears, the thrill, the magic never again to be repeated. Bob Spitz´s masterpiece is, at long last, the biography the Beatles deserve. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alfred Molina. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000624/bk_sans_000624_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.