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American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'n' Roll Empire Paperback – June 3, 1999
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Despite factual errors (putting "All You Need Is Love" on "Sgt. Pepper" shows as much Beatle knowledge as Jackson claimed Clark had) and unneeded 60s-70s rehash, Jackson's biography adddresses its subjects accurately and engagingly. Jackson sees Clark not as money-grubbing villain but driven, opportunistic businessman who "within the bounds of propriety - followed the dollar wherever it took him."
Clark fought to cult!ivate, keep, and wield a pleasant national image to his advantage. Jackson succeeds most in showing how that image served, even saved Clark's career. Clark's soft-spoken, "nice guy" image eased the transition from the scandalous, tragic tenure of original "Bandstand" host Bob Horn. It softened and widened (some said, despite Clark's objections, "whitened") rock and roll's ease into daily life and the youth buying power enjoining it. Mostly, it masked the clear-eyed, hard-charging figure who not only stood up to federal regulators and network bosses, but parlayed his "Bandstand" success into music-related (torn by 1959-60's "payola" scandal, covered in depth here despite little Clark participation), then rebuilt into complete media-based success.
Fans of early rock will enjoy Jackson's musical side trips.Read more ›
This particular book does make you go, "Ohhhhhh! So THAT'S what was going on!" Without having a previous historical background on Bandstand or Dick Clark you'll come away confused and bored. It is not an easy read. It's a tedious read because of all the "high brow" attitude the author takes. You have to put it down and come back to it. I started to laugh when the author would use the same descriptive word and went back and started counting how many times he used that word. Mostly I came away thinking that the author was more proud of and concentrated on his vocabulary than getting the facts out. It could have been a shorter more concise book and punched some topics home.
I'm glad I read it though. After reading Dick Clark's book I was left feeling there was more to tell and I was right! The suspicions that I had about Clark were pretty much summed up.
This book tells you alot. Great for anyone who likes Dick Clark, and American bandstand!
Personally, he is right on the payola bucks money-facts and the behind the scenes power plays. His research was extensive. His finished product supports that.
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I very much enjoyed the book...particularly the part where the group I sang with in the late 50's was mentioned.Published 2 months ago by Bill
Bandstand is a detailed history of the Bandstand era. Well written. Brings back a lot of memories of Rock's early years. Dick Clark comes off prety well in this one.Published on January 1, 2014 by Karl J. Ohrman
I read anything about Dick Clark who introduced rock and roll acts to mainstream TV in 1957. His legacy will go on for many years thanks to his insight.Published on February 12, 2013 by Tom S.
after years of watching bandstand i had no idea Clark was such a backstabbing SOB. his involvement in the payoila scandlas was ameliorated by his covering up details of his web of... Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Stephen Rhymer
In the Internet age, there are innumerable ways for people to release and discover music. In the early days of rock and roll, which coincided with the years of the rise of... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Eric Mayforth
Wow, and they called John Gotti the teflon don? Dick Clark managed to skate through Payola while many of his associates went down in flames, but his every man for himself attitude... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by C Burke
At least Dick Clark cooperated with this, so you get his point of view. The author is unsparing about Clark's money making ways, but the book is a bit too padded with historical... Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by Bradley F. Smith