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Dick Clark's American Bandstand (Souvenir Collectors' Edition) Hardcover – May, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; First edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006491847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006491842
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,378,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"Dick Clark's American Bandstand" is not just a look back at the popular music show of the pre-MTV generation but at the history of American music and popular culture during the span from 1952-1989 when "American Bandstand" aired. That explains why you will find pictures of Led Zeppelin and the Ayatollah Khomeini in this book despite the fact neither ever performed on Bandstand. With the show playing a pivotal role in the ABC Sunday night family drama "American Dreams," this oversized book provides a relatively detailed look back at the show and the music Dick Clark played while the teenagers of first Philadelphia and then California danced their ways in the livingrooms of America.
Dick Clark became the host of the afternoon dance television show for teenagers in 1956 when he was a youthful 26 (as opposed to the youthful 73 he is currently), and this volume is one of the first opportunities he has taken to reminisce about the series that made him a household name as well as to talk about the artists who appeared on the show. "American Bandstand" was television's longest running and most popular dance program, with the power to make a record an overnight success and Clark's most interesting comments have to do with the early days of rock 'n' roll when "Bandstand" was pivotal in bringing the new music to a mass audience. That is why it is so strange to hear about the studio being picketed by angry teenagers because Clark was replacing Bob Horn as the host of "AB" (which was originally "Bob Horn's Bandstand" on radio) or to think about the show being 3 hours long, airing each afternoon from 2:30 until 5:30 playing 35 records a day.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on November 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
what can you say about Dick Clark?the ageless one.the teen for life.he was very ground-breaking in alot of ways.he gave alot of Artists a chance to be in the spotlight.this book recounts his feelings on Race,Music SOciety at large&the changing times&artists.before there was a Carson Daily&a TRL there was a American Bandstand.MR.CLark had COntrol over what Artists or SOngs got on his Show unlike TRL.a Great Read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Screamin' Steve on August 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I grew up with American Bandstand and I am nostalgic. This oversized tribute to one of the few shows geared to youn people in the 1950s and 1960s could have been better. There is a lot of non-musical history. Page after page of text covering topics found in any high school history textbook. A book of this kind should have many more illustrations and more popular music coverage. One of my degrees is in history and I certainly don't need to be educated about VietNam, civil rights, the communist scare of the 1950s, Kennedy's assasination, etc. The audience for this book is not a group of children. I believe the author used the historical information as filler. Surprisingly, there are more pictures of AB regulars than musical guests. If you loved the show and can get a good price, surely you should read this book. But it left me yearning for more of nostalgic musical trip than it delivered.
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By gloria Colvin on August 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed it so many memories of the bandstand dancers.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By geatornez82 on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book has great information about "American Bandstand" as well as terrific pictures. However, there are parts of the book where I believe the authors got some facts mixed up, but other than that, it's a great book.
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