- Series: Sixties Rock Series
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Old Goat Publishing; 1 edition (April 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970133278
- ISBN-13: 978-0970133274
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
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Blues-Rock Explosion (Sixties Rock Series) 1st Edition
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From Library Journal
In the 1960s, many young, white hipster musicians in the United States and England aspired to sound "black." In their search for authenticity, artists like Eric Clapton, John Mayall, and the Allman Brothers inadvertently revitalized the careers of many forgotten bluesmen like Muddy Waters and Skip James, who, at the beginning of the decade, were strapped for cash or had given up music entirely. The first volume in a series on 1960s rock, this work documents in mini biographies the careers of 42 of the decade's blues artists (all white with the exception of Taj Mahal), who battled elitism and pondered how to sell records without selling out. From reading this book, it would seem the eternal question since 1960 has been, Can white people play the blues? The contributors, however, do not seek to answer that question so much as show that Clapton and company sparked a movement that affected both the white and the black community. Surprisingly little has been written about the blues revival of 1960-70, which produced music that lost its context quickly, created a religion of guitar god worship, and was probably responsible for the 1980s guitar tablature culture. Edited by two experienced pop music journalists and including a humorous and insightful introduction by blues aficionado Martin Celmins, this well-researched and readable book traces the branches of blues' bastard family tree. Recommended for all libraries. Eric Hahn, Fargo, ND
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"...Essential reading for all music fans and surely a 'must acquire' for serious aficionados of the 'sixties blues revival'". -- Mike Vernon, Producer
"...this is an exhaustively researched and largely well-written encyclopedia that covers both major and lesser artists." -- Joe Geesin, Record Collector magazine, July 2002
"...you can also think of this book as the Old Testament on the modern phenomenon of jam bands." -- Jude Gold, Guitar Player Magazine, October 2002
"A magnificent piece of research" -- John Mayall
"An indispensable reference". -- -- Chris Welch, former features editor of Melody Maker, author of 27 books
"Blues-Rock Explosion is a godsend." -- Colin Harper, Mojo magazine, April 2002
"Here's a meaty, weighty good read for all who love the genre." -- Dino McGartland, Blues Matters magazine, April-June 2002
"It's a great reference source, chock full of great Blues-rock information from 1960-1972." -- Steve Elliott, Ugly Things magazine, #20
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It contains a full 264 pages of information, plus a Forward, a Preface, a long Introduction, a five page Bibliography, and an Index. There are a few b& w photographs included, but the main portion of this book are the essays on the musicians/bands from that period. Listed alphabetically for ease of use are many (most) of the bands that mattered during this era, in both America and England. Following each essay is a discography that will give you at least a starting point into this great music.
There's both well known artists, and a number that are lesser known like Bakerloo, Brunning Sunflower Blues Band (featuring Fleetwood Mac's first bass player Bob Brunning), Cyril Davies and the R&B All-Stars, Dave Kelly, Jo Ann Kelly (a personal favorite), Mark Leeman Five, Duffy Power (sometimes spelled "Powers"), and the Siegal-Schwall Band. Are there some missing artists? Yes, but to include virtually every blues/rock band of the era would be prohibitive. Besides, this book covers that era nicely, so the omission of certain artists (where is Duster Bennett? Maybe too close to straight blues?) is forgivable. And it is nice to see artists like the Blues Project, Chicken Shack, Downliners Sect, John Dummer ("Blues") Band, the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation (a personal favorite-the "Retaliation" comes from Dunbar's hassles with John Mayall), Barry Goldberg, Harvey Mandel, and a few others all together in one nice, neat book.
For anyone who likes this style of music from this era, this is close to being indispensable. The essays are informative without being a dry compendium of facts, the photos are nice, and the Discography is well done. The large size of this book is a real plus-making everything easy to read. All in all, something blues/rock fans should have in their library-whether it's to look up a particular artist, or just to browse through. This book can easily sit next to other similar good books in the same area of music.