Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, Jun 13, 2016 - Music - 256 pages
From the rise of Bill Haley to the death of Jimi Hendrix, this account of music in the 1950s and 1960s is “the definitive history of rock ‘n’ roll” (Rolling Stone).
This is British music journalist Nik Cohn’s classic and cogent history of an unruly era—filled with outrageous tales and vivid descriptions of the music, and covering artists from Elvis Presley to Eddie Cochran to Bob Dylan to the Beatles and beyond.
From the father of what would become a new literary form—rock criticism—this is a seminal history of rock and roll’s evolution, including revisions and updates made for a new edition in the early 1970s.

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User Review  - WilliamMelden - LibraryThing

Nik Cohn originally published a shorter version of this book, entitled "Rock — from the Beginning" in 1969, at the tender age of 23. I greatly enjoyed it at the time, because Cohn tended to ... Read full review

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One of the few heirlooms in my family is a set of books about the First World War by Frank R. Cana. They were dashed out as soon as the war ended so include some factual errors, such as that Samsonov ... Read full review

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Bill Haley
Elvis Presley
Classic Rock
Eddie Cochran
English Rock
Rue Morgue
The Twist
The Beatles

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Nik Cohn is the author of numerous books, including Yes We Have No: Adventures in the Other England and The Heart of the World. He has written for the New York Times, Esquire, and other major magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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