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Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution Paperback – Jul 1 2002


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; Softcover edition (July 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087930703X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879307035
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Walking around the intersection of Bleecker and Macdougal Streets in Greenwich Village on a hot summer night in 2000, you might not suspect this area was the launching pad for the folk music boom of the early '60s. Read the first page
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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 author.
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By Eric on Sept. 4 2003
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This is exactly the kind of book you want to own, not the kind you want to borrow or get from a library. You will want to go back to it often, when you hear a song and want to remember who played what and if someone else recorded it first or after.
It is very entertaining and informative. Unterberger is a great storyteller and he tells the reader story after story. Like how Neil Young and Bruce Palmer teamed up with Rickey James Mathews (a few years later to resurface as Superfreak Rick James) to form a Toronto band, the Mynah Birds, and how their break-up lead to the formation of Buffalo Springfield due to a chance meeting on a congested Los Angeles freeway. A lot of funny stuff in the details of just this story.
Unterberger connects the dots on scores of 60s bands. He tells you who played with who before and after they were famous. Who played what brand of instrument. He tells the reader who came from a folk background, or a jazz background, or a country background.
For those of us who lived through the era, he reminds us of the zeitgeist that drove the music. But keeps us grounded by also reminding us that Steve Stills tried out for the Monkees and Sonny Bono was a star. It is true that Unterberger's book mentions maybe hundreds of musicians and songs, some we remember, some we have forgot, some we wish we had forgot and some we never heard of. But that is not boring. It's fun.
I love this book. It's not a long read, 282 pages including discography. It is full of information that will probably not help you save the world, lose weight or cook a better soufflé; but will make you smile (and might save your sanity at least for a little while). And that my friend is what the music was about. My only caution, it will cause you to jump to the CD section of Amazon.com and want to buy a whole lot of CDs.
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By Tom on Dec 21 2002
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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 guitar in Mr. Tambourine Man announced an entirely brand new style of music. Instead, what I got was 300 booring pages that seemed like 3000. What a disappointment! Turn! Turn! Turn! reads like a hardware catalog. The material is often booring, repetitive, or unnecessary. The author manages to include every obscure recording artist, record label, and producer of the early folk-rock genre, many, more than once or twice. Great. Ho-hum. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What he doesn't do is re-capture the magic of the moment. Reading this book felt like a prison sentence. DO NOT buy this book, folk-rock fans. Hey, you don't find this review helpful? Good! Buy the book and waste your ...time and money.
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I love music but some books about music are better left unread. Some pop music aficinados are best advised to go back and just listen to the music as a few attempts to give a literary voice to the spirit of the sound can strike a dull and pedantic note. Not so with this book. I found myself often unable to put it away as the author packed each chapter with so many historical notes that I was not aware of; clearly he did his homework. Much of his information came straight from the source, the writers, musicians, producers, and other insiders who were the leading lights and inspiration of that musical genre known as folk-rock. Of course, if one is not a fan of this type of music (and I am)you may not be engaged by Joe Unterberger's writing. However, as someone who was entranced by the Lovin' Spoonful and the Byrds, I consumed Mr. Unterberger's book with great zeal. I think musicians will find his work especially appealing as Unterberger gives careful attention to the creative side of the artists featured in his book. But if you are like me, someone who merely loves to sing along with the marvelous tunes of the gifted artists who gave voice to folk-rock, you may enjoy reading about the historical aspects of the music that, to paraphrase John Sebastian, is magical and can set you free.
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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!
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