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"In this thick anthology of rock history, Patterson compiles every feature article and interview published by Eurock magazine.

 ... the nostalgic experience of reading through these artifacts helps one appreciate the combination of moments, innovations and risks that created each new step of a growing musical force across a continent... an index in the book's final pages organizes all artists, bands and record labels mentioned.

A fascinating aerial view of a music scene spanning three decades."

-Kirkus Indie

"the ultimate reference guide to the scene by people who were present when it happened, look no further." -- Jeff Melton, Expose Magazine, Februray 28, 2003

About the Author

"Eurock" has become a trade name analogous with Archie Patterson's work over the years. Its beginnings were as a FM radio show in 1971 in Central California. In 1973, it morphed into a musical "fanzine". Subsequent to that throughout the mid 1970's he headed up two of the first international import retail mail-order businesses - Intergalactic Trading Company and Paradox Music Mailorder. During the 1980's he consulted on film scores in LA, including compiling source tapes for Michael Mann that resulted in Tangerine Dream doing the music score for his film Thief, as well as teaching music history classes at a public high school for five years called "Roots of Rock". From 1973 through 1992 Archie published 45 issues of Eurock. They read like a veritable who's who of experimental alternative music... name bands and the obscure were ALL covered in Eurock... as it was happening. In 1996 Archie produced the 5-CD box set Supernatural Fairy Tales for Rhino Records, chronicling "The Progressive Rock Era", 1967- 1976. In 2000, he published a multi-media CD-ROM, written/ audio/ video documentation of his work and the Euro scene entitled The Golden Age. In late 2002, he published the "Book of Eurock". It contains interviews, articles and reviews written for the most part when the music was in its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s. It colourfully captures the writer's sense of discovery, excitement, confusion, even disappointment, as they respond to the flood of new names, releases and paraphernalia of a movement in the making. In that sense, it is a cultural history as experienced through the music of a generation. The book's later chapters contain interviews done in the 1990's and 2000/02, with many new and old artists who continue to this day exploring the edges of the mainstream in music and commerce. In effect these later chapters tie together the past, present and future into a continuous thread Archie interprets as a "Second Culture".

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 708 pages
  • Publisher: Eurock (October 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972309802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972309806
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,373,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At a time when music criticism has degenerated into little more than fawning declarations of "best ever", "profound", "unique" and any other in-the-service-of-sales bromide you can stomach, it becomes even more important to take serious note of what comes from people who truly love music.

As he tells us early on, Archie Patterson was raised on records. Music is such a big part of his life that he turns out to be the right man at the right time. Because, while the U.S. might have been drowning in disco during the 1970s, Europe was the home of some of the most compelling, innovative and advanced bands to ever perform or record. Compelling and important enough to lead to the publication of Eurock, which stands far apart in the world of fanzines as an authentic journal of the people, the bands and the ideas that continue to inform and shape the many forms of alternative music today.

The 700+ pages of "Eurock, European Rock & the Second Culture" is nothing short of the definitive word on alternative, experimental and progressive European music written from the perspective of listeners and enthusiasts committed to furthering the cause of an alternative music and the culture it represents. The book's scope is encyclopedic, providing criticism, reviews and interviews with artists and groups, articles on independent labels, technology and instrumentation. The book even offers a rare article by Lester Bangs on Amon Duul.

Organized chronologically, from 1973 - 2002, this book provides information about virtually every important and not-so-important independent and alternative artist you could hope to read about from Europe, the U.S., Japan and points beyond. But much more than music comes through.
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Pros: That's exactly what I've been looking for (for years) - "Eurock" magazine 1973-2002 in one book, an Encyclopedia of European culture over 3 decades. True sub- (or counter-culture) writing & reviews - it means that this is one of the very few books you can read. Excellently organized; a real goldmine of information - not only cult names like "Can" or "Amon Duul", but "Osanna" and - even - "Piirpauke" from Finland (I had an LP and couldn't find anything on the band, because I was not sure of spelling). Czeslaw Niemen - Polish music icon, SBB (Poland), Omega (Hungary)...In many aspects better than some of so-called "complete rock-discographies", and a very knowledgeable and authoritative guide. Excellent buy and great gift

Contras: Keep in mind that it is a collection of writings from a magazine (which grew out of the fanzine). Thus, it expresses the points of view of a rather limited circle of editors and contributors, and cannot be objective: so, too much attention paid to elitist noise mongers (whose impact on the music culture was not so significant), to much Amon Duul, Klaus Schultze etc, etc... France - too many pretentious e n m e r d e u r s, but no Moustaki (the changes which started in 1968 cannot be understood without this musician); Jacques Higelin (sorry, this is a must), no Charlelie Couture, Armande Altai - just mentioned, no Saint-Preux and no "Space". It didn't start with "Magma" - where is "Telephone"?
Hungary: apart from "Omega", there were "Locomotiv", "Scorpio", "Pyramis", "Neoton", Honk Tonk Man - ZZi Labor... Czeslaw Niemen - treated with due respect, but underrated. Far too much DDR-rock, while more innovative SBB, Partita, Budka Suflera from Poland are quite underestimated.
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I began my relationship with Archie Patterson in 1980. I was listening to a radio program called "Synthetic Pleasure" and heard a track from the group Neuronium, from Spain and was astounded. The DJ was kind enough to provide contact information. So I called Archie and ordered two Neuronium LP's and that started me on the road to expanding my horizons and delving into a new culture of music.

I started with Archie as a customer of a very unique music distributor. Archie is not just a distributor, but also a researcher of the roots of the music and investigates the culture that surrounds the musicians and environment from which the music was made.

As much as he has been spreading the word of this treasure trove, he needed to expand the listeners (and now readers). Those that have been followers of Eurock know that no moss has been growing under Archie's feet. He has scoured the world for undiscovered music that tantalizes the senses. In doing so, he has unearthed the culture behind it. Readers will travel to Europe, Asia and other parts in their exploration. It may be of interest to some that Archie was distributing music from Eastern Europe when the Iron Curtain was still erected.

All of this exploration has been tantalizing and in many ways very exotic. In some respects this music is sort of an outgrowth of the exploration of different music from the 1960's. It was not psychedelic, but has elements of it in some of the music. It is not world music, as currently defined, but ethnic timbers are included. Western and Eastern music structures are prevalent as well as some without any structure; sometimes all of the above may appear in one album (or CD or Data File).
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