Hicks admirably describes some often-overlooked varieties of rock. Garage is rock made by unprofessional, often adolescent musicians who typically practice in a member's auto shed. The term implies a charming lack of sophistication, and Hicks lengthily explains the implications of musical decisions that many garage bands made based on what members could play, decisions that could eventuate in the overexhilaration garage rock often expressed. Hicks' discussion of psychedelic rock is no less detailed, and he cites resemblances to garage that many fans may not have noticed. His academic bent is best employed in the chapter on the song "Hey Joe," recorded by scads of bands (the Leaves and the Jimi Hendrix Experience cut the most familiar versions). In a musicologically riotous passage, he traces conflicting "Hey, Joe" authorship claims and winds up suggesting it is a venerable folk song of unknowable attribution. The technical side of this book can't be ignored, and casual readers and fans may be put off. Diligent, musically engaged readers, however, will glean much information and insight. Mike Tribby
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"A grammar book loaded with insights and details of which, betcha, even the most hard-core rocker is oblivious." -- Dave McElfresh, Goldmine "[An] engrossing and truly educational work that treats its subject seriously while maintaining the sense of adventure that went into the sound's creation." -- Discoveries "A delightful book, covering selected facets of a large musical era in considerable and highly readable detail." -- Frank Oglesbee, Communication Booknotes Quarterly ADVANCE PRAISE "A thoughtful, compelling, and stimulating addition to the literature of popular music studies. Hicks engages the musical details of rock music exceptionally well, accounting for their production and interpreting their significance. We need more such work." --Robert Walser, author of Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music "A fresh and fascinating account of an important body of American music... Hicks's book rings true, much more than anything else I've read on the subject." --Charles Hamm, author of Putting Popular Music in Its Place