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“Jackson has a better ear than a lot of music writers, and one of the best parts of this book is his many casual citings of songs that echo others: Marvin Gaye’s first million-selling single, “I’ll Be Doggone,” builds on a riff used in the Searchers’ “Needles and Pins,” one also pinched by the Byrds for “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” … A lot of the best insights come from writers who show us the familiar through fresh eyes, as Jackson does when he returns us to a year when a lot of us were young and poor and not as happy as we thought we were, yet there was always a great song on the radio.”-- Washington Post
“This mid-decade moment of enchantment is finally given the scrutiny it deserves in Andrew Grant Jackson's 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music … This book deftly supports the claim embedded in its title … Written for music lovers who were there and for those who wish they were, the book is a well-researched cultural history that leaves no rolling stone unturned … [Jackson] goes beyond pop, rock, and the new "folk rock," showing how R&B, jazz, and country were also undergoing dramatic change in '65, and he foreshadows glam, funk, disco, and hip hop … The most revolutionary year in music is under the radar no more.”-- Huffington Post
“The author covered a lot more than many of the other books on music history I have read.”-- The VVA Veteran, A Publication Of Vietnam Veterans Of America, Inc.
“This is a powerful book because a lot of powerful things happened in 1965. A look at any current newspaper reveals how much we’ve progressed beyond that seemingly remote era and how little has really changed. My only wish is that Jackson’s doesn’t let it be with ’65. He may prove that ’66, ’67, ’68, and beyond weren’t as revolutionary, but I would still love to see him peer into those years too. It would make one revolutionary series.”-- Psychobabble
About the Author
ANDREW GRANT JACKSON is the author of Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers and Where's Ringo? He has written for Rolling Stone, Yahoo!, Slate's "Blogging the Beatles," Baseline Studio System, music magazines Burn Lounge, Mean Street, and Dispatch, and copyedited the Hollywood monthly magazine Ingenue. He directed and cowrote the feature film The Discontents starring Perry King and Amy Madigan and served as actor Jeff Bridges's development associate at AsIs Productions. He lives in Los Angeles.
- ASIN : B00LRWK2W6
- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books (February 3, 2015)
- Publication date : February 3, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 14407 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #538,516 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is formatted by chronology. The author covers what songs were at the top of the charts, who recorded, and who wrote them along with a lot of trivia-type information. It's very interesting.
He also details how genres of music were changing and music in general was evolving.
Equally informative was how America was changing that year. From civil unrest- to fashion trends- politics and the civil rights legislation and social safety net programs for the poor. This correlates with the music of the year.
The book was polished (no typos) and it was both entertaining and informative.
Jackson does this very deftly. His attributions and citations are documentations from other narrative sources, but there are sources, and they are disputable at times, but the narrative examples are quantified and qualified. I loved how the book flowed from season to season. There are the important cultural and political elements of the year, to be sure. The year was a hallmark on its own, but Jackson's additional point of Rock Music's most important time is made well.
One is quick to look at the present scene and wonder if and how there will ever be as strong of a presence with music as the music was in 1965. I kept thinking that throughout the book. If you can recall song titles and lyrics, as well as the artists, of this year you will truly enjoy it. There are so many little facts the Jackson's presents. How did "The Sound (s) of Silence" come into its more popular form? How instrumental was Tom Wilson? How many songs did The Wrecking Crew actually work on? Tons of trivial bits for the music aficionado .
Top reviews from other countries
The author uses the seasons to take the reader through a changing year – from the Brill Building to Folk Rock, from Civil Rights to LSD, Vietnam to the Pill and long hair, Andy Warhol, Motown, the Byrds, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who Timothy Leary and more. At times, the detours into social and cultural events can seem to detract from the music, but gradually you learn that part of what was important about 1965 – what allowed the music to flourish - was the impact of so much social change without too much of a backlash. Yes, there were complaints about the length of boys hair and Bob Dylan was vilified for going electric, but drugs were still not widely on the radar and parents seemed largely unaware that music was changing and the lyrics no longer about young love and holding hands, but moving into more social themes with songs such as “Eve of Destruction,” topping the charts.
Of course, the main reason that 1965 is seem as such a memorable year musically, is because of the music made that year. These are records, and songs, that sound fresh enough to have been recorded this year, rather than fifty years ago – “Satisfaction,” “Yesterday,” “Get Off my Cloud,” “Sounds of Silence,” “My Generation,” and “Mr Tambourine Man,” are just a few of the classics recorded in 1965. Amongst the wonderful musicians recording in that year, there was a lot of influencing each other – and revelling in meeting up and exchanging ideas. It is also interesting to see what the protocol was – while Dylan went to the Beatles, the Beatles went to Elvis… Overall, this is an interesting look at music in 1965 and the various influences involved – from Folk-Rock to LSD – during the year. Although a lot of English groups feature, though,, this is very much music seen from the perspective of the US. An enjoyable overview of a momentous musical year.
provides unique insights and weaves together a compelling mix of music, politics , and societal changes .
I would recommend it to any student of the 60's music scene.