- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Backbeat Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087930703X
- ISBN-13: 978-0879307035
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution Paperback – July 1, 2002
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Turn! Turn! Turn! is devoted to the story of the first groundbreaking generation of folk-rockers, and particularly to the years 1964 to 1966, in which folk-rock originated, flourished, and peaked. It covers not so much folk-rocks maturity as its birth and first full-force impact, stopping in mid-1966, when a motorcycle accident precipitated Bob Dylans withdrawal from the public eye for a year-and-a-half, leaving other folk-rock originators and newcomers to forge new directions all over the folk-rock map.
Richie Unterberger takes readers on the rest of folk-rocks remarkable journey in this books forthcoming sequel, Eight Miles High: Folk-Rocks Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock, also published by Backbeat Books, in 2003. Detailing the period from mid-1966 to the end of the 1960s, Eight Miles High portrays the mutation of folk-rock into psychedelia via California bands like the Byrds and Jefferson Airplane; the maturation of folk-rock composers in the birth of the singer-songwriter movement; the re-emergence of Bob Dylan and the inception of country-rock; the rise of folk-rocks first supergroup from the ashes of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield; the origination of a truly British form of folk-rock; and the growth of the live folk-to-rock music festival, from Newport to Woodstock.
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The phenomenon to which I refer is that of spear-tip Baby Boomer musicians who started out as rockers in the late '50s, became folkies in the early-to-mid '60s, and reverted back to rocking when the Folk Music Scare began to wane. Though never rich or famous, that was and continues to be the story of my life. It has been my passion and my profession. I was one of the guys--not literally--that Richie Unterberger talks about, and it was beyond good to learn that somebody remembers and that somebody cares. For what it's worth, I just finished recording a folk-rock album with two of the guys with whom I started a folk group, that morphed into a folk-rock band, on 14 September 1964, our very first day at college. Nobody but us cares about that, but maybe Richie Unterberger does.
If you dug folk-rock, read this book. If you see Roger McGuinn, tell him I said thanks.