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The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s Paperback – March 6, 2018
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"Greg Prato's oral history tells of the rise, fall and semi-ironic resurgence of the genre, including new interviews with John Oates, Jim Messina, and more." --Rolling Stone
"Mitigated by endless enjoyable trivia and conversational dish, an unapologetic compendium of guilty pleasures" --Classic Rock
"First-hand tale of soft rock's golden age...an impressive raft ofinterviewees - Walter Becker, John Oates, Christopher Cross - and clever editing ensures that Prato skillfully charts yacht rock's voyagethrough pop, prior to being spectacularly capsized by the punk tidalwave." --TeamRock
"Even if you don't enjoy the occasional soft rock jam (you're obviously lying and we all know it, by the way), the musicians and their stories in The Yacht Rock Book - The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s are enjoyable enough to have appeal way beyond the genre boundaries. Climb aboard, skipper!" --InnocentWords
"For this book, Prato spoke with dozens of YR bands, fans, and journalists tracing the history of the music from its '60s seeds, to prime chart-hitting heyday, to the mid-'80s fizzling out on the charts." --HoustonPress
About the Author
Greg Prato is a New York-based writer and author, whose books include MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video, Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, and Shredders!: The Oral History Of Speed Guitar (And More). His writing has also appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, Songfacts, and Vintage Guitar.
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One of the things I like about this book is how you can chapter hop without reading straight through. I learned a lot of interesting facts throughout, and also learned what different artists thought of the web show. (many think it revived their careers, why Daryl Hall is not a fan).
Greg Prato is a very knowledgeable music writer and his books have tackled a wide range of subjects, This particular book is one I am very fond of, because of the genre it tackles.I know there can be a lot of arguing over what is Yacht, and what is Nyacht, but this book overall paints a wonderful picture of the artists in the smooth/AM gold style of the 70's/80s, and was an enjoyable, well researched work.