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Fuzz Acid and Flowers Revisited: A Comprehensive Guide to American Garage Psychedelic and Hippie Rock (1964-1975) Paperback – 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1108 pages
  • Publisher: Borderline Productions (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899855149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899855148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 11.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,981,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My advice would be to keep checking every couple of weeks.
Michael
This tome attempts to provide key pieces of information about bands of the psychedelic and garage era.
Jersey Kid
I can't thank Vernon Joynson, Max Waller, Ivor Truman, and Mark Fruille enough for all their efforts.
Kevin D. Rathert

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Rathert on November 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
After 5 years, Vernon Joynson's masterwork returns. With great credit to Max Waller for all his work in revising and updating the last volume of "Fuzz, Acid and Flowers Revisited." This 6th edition is a full 1,410 pages in length and weight a hefty 7.6 pounds. Pushing the limits of book binding and tightening the margins, an incredible amount of information has been amassed and is contained within. There may be the odd error here and there, but considering the depth and breadth of band entries on display this is far and away the definitive encyclopedia of American psych/garage music spanning an increased timespan 1963-1977. Entries are alphabetical, contain valuable info such as albums and singles released by the band with original label and catalog number, as well as biographical info on band members, and wonderfully useful information on reissues of the individual bands regarding cd or lp titles, release dates, and precious information as to what the reissue contains. While not pushing their personal tastes or preferences heavily, the authors, (Joynson credits Max Waller for his tireless work in updating the book) do a wonderful job of describing and critiquing the reissues. The book contains 1,376 pages of text, 22 pages of appendixes, and 12 pages of color photos of album artwork. This time around, only the Gear Fab and Sundazed catalogs are included. The Akarma label from Italy whose catalog was in the 5th edition of the work has been deleted, most probably due to the fact that Akarma, a division of Comet Records, in Italy, were indeed bootlegging band's works and avoiding paying royalties. Akarma releases are still contained within the text because in cases such as tripsichord Music Box the Akarma release was the only way to get all 14 tracks released by the band.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Petrosino on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Since I was a boy I was obsessed wit information, music information.Full discographies and line-ups were all that mattered to me.Now a mature man, I have found THE HOLY GRAILS of rock books.All three by the same author with supreme love and care for facts.Not the same old acnedotes will be found here, serious information for the serious collector.
Although some versions of the books may be found in internet, forget them, these new editions are updates.Maybe one minor omission is in them, not the perfect book will ever be published.
This 8 pound book is one of my best friends.
I can say the same for TAPESTRY OF DELIGHTS REVISITED and DREAMS, FANTASIES AND NIGHTMARES.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James R. Hill on December 24, 2010
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Just the best literary piece when truly discussing the ins and outs of the 60s music and drug culture. Been there, and the book is authentic. If you want a great reference book for this period, then I suggest you pick this up when you can find it. It's hard to find at any point, new or used.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on May 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't understand the criticisms that have been levelled against this book. Too much detail on obscure bands and not enough on well-known ones? I just can't agree with that. It's just those obscure bands that many buy this book for, as well as discovering similar bands while browsing through it. I suspect that the criticism of the book is based on personal reasons or other psych politics, someone probably got kicked off the project or something and is now promoting his own book. Whatever. The only accusation I have against the authors is that together they have cost me a lot of money in new music, but considering some of the great artists I've discovered through their work, I think they can be forgiven. Their short descriptions of the albums are normally enough to give a general impression of what to expect, and when I then get the album myself, I generally tend to agree with their assessment of it.

There is a lot of material on many bands I'm not interested in, but that goes with the territory. Important is that if I pick up any compilation of 60s or 70 artists, I can probably find information on nearly every band on there, no matter how obscure. I've checked through my many compilations, and it is very seldom when a band is not listed, normally because it's an acetate which was not an official release, or it's a song publicly released for the first time. If I were the authors I'd seriously think of trying to get some kind of commission from Amazon and the re-issue record companies, for together they have certainly generated sales of countless thousands of CDs! Too bad this book now goes for a ridiculous price. My advice would be to keep checking every couple of weeks. I got mine for about 30 pounds from Amazon.uk from a large seller which didn't seem to know the true value of it. So don't give up hope, just get yourself a copy somehow.
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