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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (November 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802138306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802138309
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His knowledge on the topic and style of writing was superb.
Ron Ulrici
I guess what it comes down too is that Cohn and I have different tastes, but that shouldn't get in the way of a decent historiography.
Shakey Jones
Written in 1969, this remains for me one of the best books about rock and pop music between 1955 and 1968.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ron Ulrici on August 27, 2002
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I just read a recent review of this book which was very negative. The critic didn't like the young Nik Cohn's opinions. Well, I am 60 years old and was there at the dawn of rock 'n roll and loved this book. I was pleasantly surprised that a 22 year old Brit back in 1968 could have captured the essence of the fifties music scene and also described in detail what happened soon thereafter. In fact, I agreed with most of his very descriptive analyses and even when I didn't, I understood his point of view. His knowledge on the topic and style of writing was superb.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By No Damn Credit Card on August 11, 2006
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Not everything you need to know about rock 'n' roll, but the best nonintellectual critique of the period ever, and all the better for it. Cohn has the manic energy of period reflected in his writing. Clapton was indeed God. Hell, I was there!
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Written in 1969, this remains for me one of the best books about rock and pop music between 1955 and 1968. It documents the rise of Rock & Roll, the Beatles and the Stones, flower power, psychedelia and so on, all of which has been very well done by others, too, but Nic Cohn was *there* and had been there recently. Not only that, but he has a wonderful writing style and a sharp, incisive take on things.

Cohn's style is fairly hip, cool and opinionated. I like it a lot, like his summing up of the difference between music in Britain and the USA in the early 60s: "Elvis became a god. Tommy Steele made it to the London Palladium." Or, on hearing Little Richard: "The message went
'Tutti frutti, all rootie,
Tutti frutti, all rootie,
Tutti frutti, all rootie,
Awopbopaloobop alopbamboom.'
As a summing up of what pop is really all about, this is little short of masterly."

Or try this more extended example of his style, describing Tina Turner (remember this was in the mid 60s):
“I remember seeing them [Ike and Tina Turner] in a London Club one time and I was standing right under the stage. So Tina started whirling and pounding and screaming, melting by the minute, and suddenly she came thundering down on me like an avalanche, backside first, all that flesh shaking and leaping in my face. And I reared back in self-defence, all the front rows did, and then someone fell over and we all immediately collapsed in a heap, struggling and cursing, thrashing about like fish in a bucket.
“When I looked back up again, Tina was still shaking above us, her butt was still exploding, and she looked down on us in triumph. So sassy, so smug and evil. She’d used her arse as a bowling ball, us as skittles, and she’d scored a strike.
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By Good Neighbor on January 15, 2013
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If you like old Rock 'n Roll like I do, then you will enjoy this book. It gives you more than you'll ever want to know about the golden age of rock 'n roll and a whole new insight into Little Richard.
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