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Then, Now and Rare British Beat 1960-1969 Paperback – November 1, 2002
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In 200 + pages, this wonderful large size book tells the story of well known, and most importantly, the relatively unknown groups who were part of the "British Invasion". And while the book doesn't cover every single artist/group, there's many names that aren't familiar to most listeners, unless you're a very deep collector of this music. The necessary limitation of when to stop on this timeline brings this era (and the music) into sharper focus. Groups like JETHRO TULL, YES, etc. aren't included simply because their music doesn't fall under the category of "beat" music. And while some readers may grumble about the omission of a particular group/artist, it helps bring into focus the groups that are here, and the book is stronger for it.
This book, from front cover to back, is jammed with hundreds of b&w and color photos, graphics, record label reproductions, and concert hand-bills and posters. Combined with information on each artist/group, makes this great book indispensable for listeners (like myself) who want to know something about groups just outside THE BEATLES/ROLLING STONES/LED ZEPPELIN information we all know by now.
The groups are listed alphabetically, starting with A BAND OF ANGELS and ending with THE ZOMBIES. In between are relatively unknown groups such as THE ACTION (a personal favorite), THE BIRDS (another great group), CHERRY SMASH, THE DIMPLES, THE MERSEYS, THE "N" BETWEENS, THE PUSSYFOOT, THE SONS OF FRED, TINTERN ABBEY, THE UGLYS, and WIMPLE WITCH.Read more ›
British Beat: Then, Now And Rare 1960-1969 by Terry Rawling tracks the overwhelming majority of these bands through their lives during the critical first nine years. He describes the band's origins, their activities during the period under study and their demise and/or current status.
While the coverage could be considered superficial, it is far from that for those interested in the music of the British Invasion period who can and should use it as a guidebook for more in depth study.
One final truly touching thing about the book is found on the inside back cover. Author Rawling shows several score photos of members of some of bands as they appeared in recent times. The images are a fitting close to the period and to this very information and entertaining volume.
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He's a music connoiseur and has a tons of vinyls and music books. I knew he wanted this as well, so I purchased it. I am sure he will be pleased.Published 22 months ago by Blue Shadow
I have been trying to get this excellent book ever since my good friend showed me his copy and I am indeed ecstatic over my success in purchasing it at a very reasonable price. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Smrz
Very good book which should be at each fan Mersey beat. It is a lot of photos and the information. The qualitative polygraphy and a good paper do this magnificent edition desired... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Boris Cherniak
Great book. If you are a British Invasion fan, this is a "must have" item.Published on October 10, 2007 by Mookie