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Rock -n- Roll Gold Rush
A Singles Uncyclopedia
  • Maury Dean
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Rock -n- Roll Gold Rush. A Singles Uncyclopedia
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This monster Rock-n-Roll survey focuses on the songs and the vibrant personalities who create them, for college audiences and the general public. Dean published the world's first history of Rock in 1966.
Here, in his ebullient style, he buzzes through piles of musical singles from the whole last half century, describing what is fun about each major and minor hit, pointing out what elements were exciting or new or significant in the development of musical styles. He relates some tantalizing tidbits about the earlier musical heritage that artists have drawn upon in crafting ever more amazing evolutions of rock music.

About the Author

Dr. Maury Dean authored the first-ever comprehensive history of rock-n-roll (The Rock Revolution, 1966), which wound up in the Smithsonian and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan, where he won the Hopwood Writing Award. He has taught popular music history at the college level for over 30 years, including at Suffolk College (NY), where he created this text for his own classes. This is his third book.

Dean played in a band that made it to the top 100 in its own right and frequently backed Chuck Berry. He has worked as a songwriter and singer in Motown and as a recording studio executive. In his exuberant appreciation for all musical styles, he shares an infectious enjoyment of Rock Music and its various sub-genres. 

About the Book

This snappy, witty and informative album has universal appeal, doubling as a coffee-table trivia treasure and a college-level popular music history text. It includes hundreds of photos, chapter questions, and...

This snappy, witty and informative album has universal appeal, doubling as a coffee-table trivia treasure and a college-level popular music history text. It includes hundreds of photos, chapter questions, and an extensive index.

Reader-friendly and informationally complete, it covers soft rock, heavy metal, rhythm & blues, country rock and classic oldies, all with tender loving care, for the specialist and casual listener alike.

Its mini-portraits of the artists who move so many hearts (and feet), the photos and the insightful sound bites get to the essence of each song and each musician's contribution to the music of our age.

The single-song focus makes the book unique. It's a playlist for R'n'R professors and the general public, written with a collegiate vocabulary, tight organization and a respect for all.

"Hearing Elvis for the first time was like busting out of jail." - Bob Dylan

That being said, no one is being incited, here, to bust out of jail or to emulate the quixotic habits of rock stars. "There's nothing in here to hide from the kids, the clergy or grandma." Gold Rush can be used as a university or community college text, but most people will grab it for the sheer pleasure of reading about everyone's favorites. Great gift for Rock enthusiasts.

Gold Rush is the first book of its kind to feature a celebration of the great single songs of the rock era and beyond. Gold Rush takes thousands of songs, spanning three centuries, and brings them back uniquely as if they came out just yesterday.

Gold Rush unites the Anglo-American and later worldwide spirit of Rock and Roll in a tapestry of interconnected melodies and adventures. As Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide helps you select videos at Blockbuster, so Gold Rush is a powerful playlist for your music collection, with many new and fascinating photos of favorite stars. Gold Rush explains the most important stories behind the songs you picked to be played, the songs that 'went gold,' from the 1897 Alaska/Klondike Gold Rush to the #1 songs of today and beyond.


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Pages 732
Year: 2003
LC Classification: ML3534.D42
Dewey code: 781.66'09ódc21
BISAC: MUS035000
BISAC: MUS020000
Paper
ISBN: 978-0-87586-207-1
Price: USD 58.00
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ISBN: 978-0-87586-208-8
Price: USD 80.00
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