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.
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.