The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964-1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock

December 14, 2019 - Comment

From rock and roll historian Ed Ward comes a comprehensive, authoritative, and enthralling cultural history of one of rock’s most exciting eras. It’s February 1964 and The Beatles just landed in New York City, where the NYPD, swarms of fans, and a crowd of two hundred journalists await their first American press conference. It begins

From rock and roll historian Ed Ward comes a comprehensive, authoritative, and enthralling cultural history of one of rock’s most exciting eras.

It’s February 1964 and The Beatles just landed in New York City, where the NYPD, swarms of fans, and a crowd of two hundred journalists await their first American press conference. It begins with the question on everyone’s mind: “Are you going to get a haircut in America?” and ends with a reporter tugging Paul McCartney’s hair in an attempt to remove his nonexistent wig. This is where The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2 kicks off. Chronicling the years 1964 through the mid-1970s, this latest volume covers one of the most exciting eras of rock history, which saw a massive outpouring of popular and cutting-edge music.

Ward weaves together an unputdownable narrative told through colorful anecdotes and shares the behind-the-scenes stories of the megastars, the trailblazers, DJs, record executives, concert promoters, and producers who were at the forefront of this incredible period in music history. From Bob Dylan to Bill Graham, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Byrds, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and more, everyone’s favorite musicians of the era make an appearance in this sweeping history that reveals how the different players, sounds, and trends came together to create the music we all know and love today.

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Anonymous says:

THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT MUSIC BOOKS When I think of great music books, Peter Guralnick’s Elvis books come to mind, as does Respect Yourself by Robert Gordon, Dancing With the Devil and Rythm Oil by Stanley Booth, various books by Dave Marsh, Greil Marcus, Robert Christgau, John Morthland, and others. Ed Ward, one of rock’s veteran writers and critics, has written a masterpiece with his History of Rock & Roll Volume 2 and now I must go back and read Volume 1. Not only does Ed have a clear vision of what the sixties and its music…

Anonymous says:

Winner Fantastic. I loved this one and the first one. Looking forward to number 3

Anonymous says:

“SOMETHING WAS HAPPENING BUT THE RECORD BUSINESS DIDN’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS.” “In 1964 it was the Brits who were grabbing all the attention.””As 1975 began, there was a sense of stagnation in popular music.””As might be expected, the new eras of rock and roll swept the past behind them.”Well, Ed Ward’s second volume dealing with rock ‘n’ roll history is now published, and if you read Volume 1 and came away with some good information and maybe some insight on the period covered in that book, this latest volume (of a projected three…

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