From Publishers Weekly
Long before American Idol captivated audiences, rock music was practically everywhere on TV, starting with Bo Diddley and his sexually encoded lyrics on The Ed Sullivan Show in the mid-1950s and crescendoing to MTV and VH1, which "made" pop-rock icons like Michael Jackson and Madonna. In a series of engaging essays, Austen, editor of Roctober magazine, debates the role of rock on the small screen as an audience magnet, mass culture monolith and subversive tool. He charts the simultaneous rise of rock on the airwaves and rock on TV through standards like Your Hit Parade, American Bandstand and Soul Train, as well as through guest spots on Saturday Night Live and other non-musical venues; and explains how Elvis Presley and the Beatles became overnight stars through TV audiences who never attended a live concert. Austen leaves no Rolling Stone unturned in this rich, compelling discourse on how rock became a magnetizing (some would claim insidious) force on American TV. From bop and R&B to rock, punk, hip-hop and rap, Austen has a handle on the entirety of the rock phenomenon and how it infiltrated American homes via the tube. Photos.
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"Sprawling, high-definition retrospective of pop music on the tube." —Giant
"Fans of Chuck Klosterman's insightful pop culture skewering will love Jake Austen's Tv-a-Go-Go." —Zink
"Takes up the cause of nearly every pariah music elitists love to pillory." —Time Out Chicago
"Engaging." —Chicago Tribune
"Impressive . . . Not only informative but a heck of a lot of fun." —Chicago Sun-Times
"Austen leaves no Rolling Stone unturned in this rich, compelling discourse." —Publishers Weekly
"A wonderful romp through rock TV . . . with an ideal tour guide at hand." —Chicago Journal
"A cool, behind-the-scenes history. A fascinating reference." —Indie-music.com
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