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Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock Paperback – May 1, 2003
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Unterberger writes with an opinionated but reader- friendly style. His writing lacks the bombast, snobbery, and smug attitude that we often find with some of the old guard of music critics. Unterberger tends to see things in a more open- minded,inclusive way than many of the famous writers like Christgau and Dave Marsh, and Jann Wenner and the other rolling stone writers, who seem to have picked the obvious choices of the era and a few pets like Springsteen and Jackson Browne when considering who is worthy of respect and worth hearing for the era. Nothing against those talented guys, but let's face it: they are where they are in large part because of their annointing by scribes with friends in high places. Everyone else is either dismissed as irrelevant or trash to those writers. Unlike Christgau,Unterberger doesn't waste time with poisonous diatribes. Unlike Marsh he doesn't stick to boring, predictable lists generally comprised of overplayed hits. it's all subjective, true, but anyone with the audacity to list the best Beatles single of all time at a lowly #29 simply should not be read, period! Unterberger lets you know where he stands on a musician or group but doesn't try to force his opinion on you. One can picture getting into a friendly argument with Unterberger , the way guys in bars debate who is worthy of enshrinement in a sports hall of fame, and that's something I have trouble imagining with some of these other writers.Read more ›
I am also supposing that he arrived at a good number of these original opinions by reading certain critics whom he favors, as he himself was barely out of the toddler stage when the music was happening that he writes about. At least that's how much of 'Eight Miles High' seems to read, like he's quoting a series of sound bites he picked up various places, and are still simmering in the back-burner of his brain.
This is not to say that 'Eight Miles High' isn't a valuable resource, encyclopedic in its scope - but it can be difficult to look past the hurried and/or glib judgements that threaten at many points to stink up what otherwise seems like a valiant and meritorious effort.
I imagine hopefully that there won't be this sort of a problem with his new book on Beatles music.
The book captures some of the feeling of the time (much of which, if you remember, was pretty bloody judgmental in certain respects), and I submit that makes it worth reading. Definitive? Show me the agreed-to definitions for any of this stuff, and I'll be happy to apply them. But whoever has them hasn't showed up yet.
Grab a chord, and come along for the ride.
This is a great resource for fans of the late 50s early 60s musical period. Being interested in the US music scene of the period and living in Australia means that the availability of material on this period is almost non-existent. This book gives a excellent background to the music scene and importantly investigates forgotten players who played and influenced others at that time. For example, this book provided background on people such as Dino Valenti, along with others who have faded from the pages of music history but wrote songs and music that influenced other more well-known musicians during the sixties. I am really pleased with this book and recommend it to others.
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Richie's research is unparalleled on this topic. I would rate him above all other writers in this genre. A great read and excellently written. Highly recommended. Bravo!Published 23 months ago by Ken McA
well written and it tells the many things I remember reading about as I was on the edge of being able to be one of those involved in this amazing musical generationPublished on June 5, 2014 by mike petee
great to see this era & subject fully reviewed//books were in lovely shape and arrived on schedule/quite satisfied//a must for any 1960's lover with great taste in musicPublished on September 28, 2012 by David Bissonette
Frank Zappa famously commented on rock journalism, saying something like, "Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people that can't talk for people who can't read". Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by paulkramer