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"Comprehensive and engaging
. Clearly, Unterberger has done his research." -- Billboard, on Unterberger's Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll
"Incisive appreciations of scores of cult artists." -- MOJO, on Unterberger's Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll
"These fascinating tales make you want to rush out to the record store--a hallmark of all great music writing." -- Chicago Sun-Times, on Unterberger's Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers
"Thorough research yielding fascinating mini-biographies of hipster heroes." -- Los Angeles New Times, on Unterberger's Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll
"Unterberger uncovers the kind of tiny details that imbue his subjects with life and sound." -- San Francisco Weekly, on Unterberger's Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll
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.See all Product Description
The best single book about the popular folk to rock period. Well written in terms of information and style, with many artists contributing first-hand accounts directly to the... Read morePublished on March 23 2013 by beccabear
As a rule, folk rock records are crummy generic ditties with nothing to recommend them. The formulaic jangling guitars and meaningless lyrics have a lame, dated feel. Read morePublished on June 13 2003
As a huge Byrds fan, I was really looking forward to this book. I wanted to read about the excitement of 1965, when the opening jingle jangle of Roger McGuinn's twelve string... Read morePublished on Dec 21 2002 by Tom
Fan of Dylan, The Byrds, Fred Neil, the Farinas? It's all here. Well written, keeps your attention, and makes you want to go out and buy some vinyl! Nice job Ritchie!Published on Oct. 2 2002
. . . . take it slow reading this book. That way, the relatively few jaded pronouncements won't come at you quickly enough to be (much) annoying. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2002 by Phil Rogers