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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 382282612X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822826126
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.7 x 13.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,088,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""ONE CAN SEE IN VISUAL TERMS FROM THIS BOOK WHY ROCK HAS GONE ON AND ON FOR SO LONG: IT REPRESENTS AN OUTWARD EXPRESSION OF EVERYONE'S UNREALIZED DREAMS.""

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Rock Dreams" perfectly captures the synapses between fantasy and reality that give R&R its emotional appeal. It is a tribute to the overwhelming power of the music that two non-Americans have so perfectly, obsessively captured the quintessence of R&R and its pull on American and British hearts and minds. Peelaert brilliantly juxtaposes American and British images--for example, putting Gene Vincent in a "teddy boy" bar. In other parts, he uncannily captures American iconography--the teenager's bedroom that accompanies the image of Fabian is absolutely, perfectly 1959. These are just a few examples; the book abounds in others, using contemporary images and photos in creative, dream/reality settings, often with stunning details. Nik Cohn's text is just the right accompaniment, an admixture of fact, supposition and poetry. Unforgettable.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
I found this book in my father's collection back in the 70's before I was even a teenager. Each Icon of rock, soul, pop, country from the 50s to the early 70s is painted perfectly by Guy Peellaert inhabiting their own imaginary world. Such as The Beach Boys on the beach, the Drifters under the boardwalk, Otis, sitting at the dock of the bay, The Beatles being chased down Liverpool backstreets. Nik Cohn adds succint passages that captures the essence of our early rock heroes. Pouring over this book as a kid, kick started a life long love of rock 'n' roll. From Elvis to Oasis it all makes sense now, having attended the Peellaert and Cohn college of rock dreams. Highly recommended for all music and art lovers.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
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This is wonderful. The illustrations and the captions complement each other so well. I loved the depiction of Dylan. Best of all is the description of the brilliant Del Shannon: 'Del Shannon may have looked and sounded like a lumberjack but he cracked like a sodajerk. He was incessantly on thr run, broke and alone and his trueloves all betrayed him. In the naked city there was an eternal thunderstorm and his teardrops mingled with the rain.' Wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Erskins on December 5, 2011
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Reading "Rock Dreams" was like a backstage pass to the biggest concert on earth upon its publication in 1973. Guy Peellaert's art was as surreal as the "heaviest" vinyl LP album covers of the time and we rejoiced in the power of his revelations. Nik Cohn's prose was as poetic as Bob Dylan's lyrics, as sharp and jagged as the music of the Rolling Stones, and as gritty as the Mississippi mud gut Blues. Working together, both artists captured the zeitgeist in which we lived and we reeled from the shock of recognition. After all, rock `n' roll was supposed to be "the Devil's music," but for those of us who had come of age in the Fifties and Sixties rock `n' roll seemed like a new religion. It was teaching us about life, liberty and the pursuit of Suzie Q, showing us the velvet ropes, and as we peered deeply into its jeweled temple of song we searched our souls for an inner truth that seemed like it got lost on the Six O'clock News

The key to finding that lost inner truth was through dream of course. "Rock Dreams" flooded the empty hollows of our mind and filled the necrotic void with Technicolor magic and we suddenly saw a side of ourselves we'd never seen before. The book literally wove the history of rock `n' roll and its R&B roots into the fabric of our reality, and this at a time when rock was already losing much of its original power as its stars became wealthy and jaded, their music predictable and manufactured.

"Rock Dreams" revived our faith by showcasing the seminal genius that lay behind the initial outburst of youthful exuberance that made the genre famous.
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