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All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77 Paperback – October 26, 2009
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“Like Alastair Cooke’s America, All Hopped Up is an unapologetically opinionated overview of zeitgeists that sparked their own theme music.... An indispensable reference book for college students and a survival guide for modern musicians.” (Chronogram)
“In All Hopped Up and Ready To Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77, Tony Fletcher has demonstrated extraordinary depth in his research and vibrancy in his writing. Not only was I fascinated by his stories of times and styles about which I knew little, but, in those areas in which I knew a lot, he has connected all the dots for me…oh, yeah, and it’s a damned good read.” (Mike Stoller)
“Thoroughly researched, engaging, and perceptive.” (Library Journal)
“In his richly detailed study of fifty years of the city’s most important musical history, music journalist Fletcher vividly recreates the birth and evolution of jazz, folk, pop, punk and hip-hop as the strains of these urban styles emerged from the urban cacophony of New York.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Fletcher tells the story well.... His gift is enthusiasm.” (The New York Times Book Review)
Top Customer Reviews
I looked forward to the chapters on Brill Building pop, Greenwich village folk, and punk; I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much the other chapters, particularly the early ones, captured my interest. Fletcher doesn't fall prey to the hyperbole that I find brings down a lot of music writing, but he writes with enthusiasm and wit. I was moved to check out some of the acts that I wasn't familiar with.
From Count Basie and Fletcher Henderson to Tito Punete; from The Ravens to Billie Ward and the Dominoes; from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan; from the Lovin' Spoonful to the Velvet Underground; from the Fugs to Blondie...Fletcher covers them all...but don't forget about the locations (the Savoy, the Loft); the promoters (Morris Levy, Alan Freed); the composers (Josh White, Leiber and Stoller); the DJs (Murray the K, Nicky Siano)...whew!!
"All Hopped Up and Ready to Go" isn't a listing of people and places. It's a well-written narrative that goes on and on with fascinating facts and stories surely to delight anyone wanting to know about the music instrument and its creators. There is certainly too much information here to digest, but it's a great and worthwhile read you are certain to go back to...if for no other purpose then to hear the songs and see the people he refers to on "YouTube"!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love everything he's written but found this dull and uninspiring. Too bad he couldn't do justice to such a great topic. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Robert M. Joseph
VERY INTERESTING READING ABOUT MUSIC IN NYC OVER A SPAN OF 50 YEARS. ANY MUSIC LOVER WOULD ENJOY.Published on May 29, 2011 by Deborah J. Siconolfi
Fletcher does an amazing job of focusing in and presenting on such a complex topic as the New York City music scene. Read morePublished on March 7, 2010 by A. Estes
This book is so great they should give Tony Fletcher the key to the city.Published on February 14, 2010 by McCutcheon
Music and the fortunes of New York City trace their paths through the book. From the excitement of the skyscrapers and high society, the depression and war, the cold war... Read morePublished on January 6, 2010 by Michael A. Duvernois
Firstly let me acknowledge my bias - I love a variety of music and I love New York - and so this book is one I automatically gravitated to. And it doesn't disappoint. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by thomas fraser