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Boys From Houston-Vicki Welch Ayo
Terry Paul Roland-No Depression Article
In American roots music history, following and tracing the movement of artists, emerging genres, and lasting legacies can be a daunting task. For most popular music historians and ethnomusicologists with a focus on the roots of American music, the common geographical outgrowth, especially over the last 50 years, has been identified in cities like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville. With good reason, volumes of history have been documented, stemming from these areas. But, what about the other, less publicized communities? The near-epic wave of cultural change that took shape in music culture during this era happened at other places as well. There is still plenty of history to write, but it takes a certain skill, eye for detail, and the ability to weave facts into story. Enter Boys From Houston by Texas author, Vicki Welch-Ayo and co-writer, Billy De La Vergne.
Vicki Welch Ayo -- writer, historical documentarian, and avid music fan (and presumably a good dancer) -- is a native Texan with deep roots in Houston. She's done music fans and historians alike a great service with this intricately detailed, engaging look at one such overlooked music scene in her first volume of what appears to be a growing series about the music culture of the region. With careful detail, dynamic fact finding, studious research, and her own unique ability to weave stories together, Ayo has crafted the epic story of the Houston music scene in this pivotal decade that paralleled its big city counterparts. Her historical context is the transitional period from the early 1960s to the end of the decade, when the scene, like larger history, began to change from something spontaneous and real to the realm of business and calculation.....
With this book, Vicki Welch Ayo has woken us up to an important, unrecognized chapter of American music. In so doing, she has brought together a community of veteran musicians and entertainers, calling up new life to stories that may otherwise have been lost to historical obscurity.

About the Author

Vicki Welch Ayo is preserving the music history of Houston, Texas, her birthplace, and the surrounding area through a series of books, titled Boys From Houston. This is the first in the series.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (July 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1489501312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1489501318
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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such an interesting read! I had no idea so many in the music industry had their start in the garage bands of Houston. I just thought all kids in America had such wonderful opportunites and gifts! Must be the water!
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A Labor of love and a wonderful insight into the blossoming Houston scene of the 1960s that have produced so many consistent performers, writers and supporters of music that still have an effect today. It helped unravel a few mysteries for myself that have plagued my somewhat limited recall of that period and helped me understand the music that changed a generation. It's a pleasure to know personally Dean Cook who was one of the interviews, one of the original Surf Knights and a talented songwriter. Keep at the follow up book Vicki! Looking forward to it as well!.
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What a great gathering of history from the '60's from the Houston area. Having grown up not far from the Catacombs we were there as often as possible. Knew several of the bands. Great to know what went on behind the scenes and hear some of the stories.
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This is a marvelous compilation of every person and place near and dear to the Houston music scene in The Days. If you are curious about the prodigious talents and promoters of the time, this volume will bring it all back home. A chewy must-read documenting the birth of Texas rock, folk and psychedelia.
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I found Boys from Houston interesting, informative, and entertaining. For those of us who weren't there, the pictures help to make it real and provide a sense of the experience. Reading this book was time well spent. I am sharing it with friends and plan to purchase a copy for my local library.
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I read the Boys From Houston "straight through" and having lived in the Houston (Pasadena) area for many years, I did know many of the groups that Vicki wrote about. I enjoyed reading about all of them and knew some of the people she wrote about.
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A very interesting and informative book on the "happening" that went on in and around Houston, Texas in the 1960's and early 70's. Thanks so much Vicki for getting our history out for all to see and appreciate the wealth of talent that was being cultivated at that time.... and what a GREAT Time that was !!!!
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Just received my copy of this book a couple of days ago and am really enjoying this "trip" back. Love the large print especially for those of us at that are of the age to directly experience the music on the Third Coast during those days !!! Boys of Houston has already stirred up so many great (and some not so) memories of not only the bands and venues that are covered here but also the "Feel" of those times growing up here in the Houston area. I have several friends that are eager to see the book when I decide to let go of it.
If you know someone whose life was impacted by Houston's local music in the '60s and early '70's, or someone that just wants to know about those heady days, this is a great gift to consider !
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