Flowers in the Dustbin

Flowers in the Dustbin

The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977

Book - 1999
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Follows the twenty-five-year evolution of rock and roll, from its tempestuous birth in the 1950s, through its maturation in the 1960s, to its movement towards a cruder form in the 1970s with the advent of punk.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1999.
ISBN: 9780684808734
0684808730
Branch Call Number: 781/.66/09/Mil 6173mb 1
Characteristics: 415 p. : ill.

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theamazingsteverino Mar 27, 2012

An engaging and audacious history of rock and roll, from its roots in the '40s through '77, the approximate point at which it began to splinter into several genres and, hints the author, began to repeat and become a bit of a parody of itself. Kudos to Miller for citing the Weavers, Patti Page, Lonnie Donegan, Lennon & McCartney, Elvis Presley, the Kingston Trio, Robert Johnson, and Ricky Nelson ALL ON THE SAME PAGE - and in a way that actually makes sense, as he connects the dots from each to each. The book's replete with arguable opinion (the Velvet Underground, at its debut, the "most influential band since the Beatles"?!?!?) and interesting trivia (the day following Elvis's death was the busiest in FTD's history, as hundreds of thousands of flowers were sent to Graceland). A tip of The Amazing Steverino (tm)'s chapeau to the amazing "patienceandfortitude" for the gift of this enjoyable read.

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