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Sonic Boom! The History of Northwest Rock: From Louie Louie to Smells Like Teen Spirit Paperback – March 1, 2009

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"...an excellent and informative look at the birth of a music scene...Blecha knows his regional music history...an easy and enticing read." PopSyndicate.com

"...an often surprising and entirely enlightening exploration of Northwest rock history... thanks to Blecha, the rollicking musical past of this corner of the country won't quietly disappear... the stories are skillfully compiled and thankfully told..." Seattle Sound

"This is a great read, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of Northwest rock and roll." Jet City Blues

"Sonic Boom reclaims our region s dominance in rock annals and cements Blecha s reputation as its foremost historian." Seattle Metropolitan

"Sonic Boom will remain as the source book for anyone interested in the rock of the Pacific Northwest." Expressmilwaukee.com

"Blecha strikes a winning balance through a mixture of scrupulous research and genuine passion for his subject." Blurt

Sonic Boom "was written exactly the way a book, or a song should be written ...it was hard putting it down, and I practically dog-eared every page for reference points." Jerseybeat.com

"The Northwest musical influence on the entire rock culture has been overlooked for way too long. This is a great book for anybody who loves Rock 'n' Roll and its hidden history." Allan Handelman, Rock Talk radio

"Blecha lovingly limns the history of rock music in Seattle and the northwestern U.S. ...and the predominant celebratory tone can be infectious." Booklist

"...plain and simple, a highly enjoyable read... I say it stands up with Charles Cross's Hendrix bio as NW canon...." Tom Dyer, President, Argosy University "

Blecha s angle is different. He pens the story from behind the scenes of the early radio stations, recording studios and record labels." Puget Sound Business Journal

"Finally...this puts it all in perspective for those who thought Oregon and Washington were little more than places with a lot of rain." curledup.com

"Seattle s unofficial curator of rock n roll charts the evolution of Northwest rock specifically the era book-ended by those two unmistakable riffs as told by the musicians, fans, promoters, scenesters, and label heads who lived it." Gibson.com

"The deep rock 'n' roll history of the Northwest has finally been fully chronicled so grab your favorite flannel shirt and find the nearest Starbucks to sit down in and soak up the Sonic Boom." CMJ:

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"The deep rock 'n' roll history of the Northwest has finally been fully chronicled so grab your favorite flannel shirt and find the nearest Starbucks to sit down in and soak up the Sonic Boom." CMJ: --cmj

"The Northwest musical influence on the entire rock culture has been overlooked for way too long. This is a great book for anybody who loves Rock 'n' Roll and its hidden history." Allan Handelman, Rock Talk radio "Blecha lovingly limns the history of rock music in Seattle and the northwestern U.S. ...and the predominant celebratory tone can be infectious." Booklist "...plain and simple, a highly enjoyable read... I say it stands up with Charles Cross's Hendrix bio as NW canon...." Tom Dyer, President, Argosy University " Blecha s angle is different. He pens the story from behind the scenes of the early radio stations, recording studios and record labels." Puget Sound Business Journal "Finally...this puts it all in perspective for those who thought Oregon and Washington were little more than places with a lot of rain." curledup.com "Seattle s unofficial curator of rock n roll charts the evolution of Northwest rock specifically the era book-ended by those two unmistakable riffs as told by the musicians, fans, promoters, scenesters, and label heads who lived it." Gibson.com "The deep rock 'n' roll history of the Northwest has finally been fully chronicled so grab your favorite flannel shirt and find the nearest Starbucks to sit down in and soak up the Sonic Boom." CMJ: --Various

About the Author

Peter Blecha is Seattle's unofficial “curator of rock 'n' roll ” a title conferred upon him by the Seattle Weekly in honor of the numerous magazine essays, radio shows, independent gallery exhibits, and books for which Blecha has been responsible. The exhibits he developed as the senior curator for Seattle's world-famous music museum, the Experience Music Project, have met with great critical acclaim.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Backbeat (March 1, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 322 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0879309466
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0879309466
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.13 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.04 x 0.75 x 8.58 inches
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Peter Blecha is: a Staff Historian and Contributing Editor with HistoryLink.org; the Director of the Northwest Music Archives; and an award-winning author of ten books. A longtime member of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, and former longtime Senior Curator at Seattle’s EMP music museum (today’s MoPop), Blecha has been acknowledged over the decades as: “the premier expert in his chosen field of research” (Seattle Weekly, 1988); “Seattle’s best-known collector” (Scram Magazine, 2006); the “Indiana Jones of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (The Rocket, 2000); and a writer who “deserves a place in Northwest music history for his important role in preserving its history and promoting its legacy” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2005).

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