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Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock

Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock By Nik Cohn Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom The Golden Age of Rock Written in and revised in Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom was the first book to celebrate the language and the primal essence of rock n roll But it was much than that It was a cogent history of

  • Title: Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock
  • Author: Nik Cohn
  • ISBN: 9780802138309
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock By Nik Cohn Written in 1968 and revised in 1972, Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom was the first book to celebrate the language and the primal essence of rock n roll But it was much than that It was a cogent history of an unruly era, from the rise of Bill Haley to the death of Jimi Hendrix And while telling outrageous tales, vividly describing the music, and cutting through the hypWritten in 1968 and revised in 1972, Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom was the first book to celebrate the language and the primal essence of rock n roll But it was much than that It was a cogent history of an unruly era, from the rise of Bill Haley to the death of Jimi Hendrix And while telling outrageous tales, vividly describing the music, and cutting through the hype, Nik Cohn would engender a new literary form rock criticism In his book s wake, rock criticism has turned into a veritable industry, and the world of music has never been the same Now this seminal history of rock n roll s evolution is available once as riotous a spree as any in rock writing.
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    1. Ben Winch on said:

      I can be a crybaby, sure, but rarely do I cry over rock music writing Still, one night as I read aloud to my wife Nik Cohn socked it to me Ireland was where I had grown up, and Rock the main reason I had left My own raising had been in the Protestant section of Derry, where Bill Haley and Elvis were not mentioned Then one evening I d gone astray found myself on the fringes of Bogside, the Catholic slum Across the street I had heard Little Richard singing Tutti Frutti on a coffee bar jukebox Watc [...]

    2. Paul Bryant on said:

      I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND a short account of how far you could go in the 50s and early 60sIn the 50s and early 60s mainstream pop music was supposed to be fairly tame, with Wake Up Little Susie being about as risque as the radio was prepared to play you, but of course there were other markets where a certain licence was allowed For instance how about this delightful lyric Sixty Minute Man by Billy Ward, and sung by his group The Dominoes in 1951 If you don t believe I m all that I sayCome up and [...]

    3. Tosh on said:

      One of the essential titles with respect to the history of rock n roll What makes this book interesting is really the writer Nik Cohn Hardcore Mod, a friend of Pete Townshend, and is actually the Pinball Wizard Also if that is not enough, he wrote Saturday Night Fever The twist in that narrative is though the story is based on a Brooklyn boy and the disco movement is actually based on Cohn s British Mod years Nevertheless, this is a fascinating book via the eyes and ears of Nik Cohn Incredibly w [...]

    4. Sid Nuncius on said:

      Written in 1969, this remains for me one of the best books about rock and pop music between 1955 and 1968 It documents the rise of Rock Roll, the Beatles and the Stones, flower power, psychedelia and so on, all of which has been very well done by others, too, but Nic Cohn was there and had been there recently Not only that, but he has a wonderful writing style and a sharp, incisive take on things.Cohn s style is fairly hip, cool and opinionated I like it a lot, like his summing up of the differe [...]

    5. John on said:

      One of the few heirlooms in my family is a set of books about the First World War by Frank R Cana They were dashed out as soon as the war ended so include some factual errors, such as that Samsonov was killed by a German shell at Tannenberg, when, in fact, he committed suicide There are similar things here, a book about the history of pop somewhat loosely defined written in 1969 Buddy Holly died in Iowa, not North Dakota, and Eddie Cochran did not die on the A1, he died on the A4 traveling back [...]

    6. Darcie on said:

      I loved it This is a survey of pop through, roughly, 1968, by the first believable rock critic He writes clearly and is able to capture the excitement of each group and musical movement He communicates effectively about music with the written word, something that not very many people can do well If you re rusty on popular music from Elvis through Hendrix, this will catch you up and might even help you sound like you know what you re talking about.

    7. Emma on said:

      A bit dated, but still fascinating, especially for his attitude towards what we now see as classic artists and albums For instance, he sees the sublime Dusty Springfield as ordinary, dismisses later era Beatles and Stones A bit of a relic now, but still worth a look for anyone who loves rock and pop.

    8. John Levon on said:

      To some the original rock criticism writing He s a big fan of music I don t like much, but it s an interesting and enjoyably opinionated read, and he s prescient in spotting the rise of prog rock in the 70s.

    9. Venky on said:

      Nick Cohn undoubtedly has to be the first ungulate of Rock n Roll music He writes with a raw rage that is pleading to be unleashed he writes with a rebellion that is reminiscent of the counter culture and debauchery of the late 1950s, the 60s and the early 70s He writes with a remarkable sense of abandon that blurs ultra thin the line between licentiousness and constructive criticism Most of all he writes because he can Mesmerised and sucked into a whirlpool era of drainpipe trousers, shoulder l [...]

    10. Bernard O'Leary on said:

      A fascinating document from the early days of pop, Cohn sat down to write this at the tender age of 22 and almost single handedly invented the art of music journalism The first half of the book is absolute dynamite and captures the explosive nature of what happened in the immediate pre Elvis era up to the dawn of the Beatles Barely a decade, but a gigantic cultural revolution took place across the world, a revolution that was personal, sexual, interracial and led by teenagers Cohn tracks this ph [...]

    11. Rjs on said:

      I read this book when I was about 16, I m now 50 and it informed my thinking about pop music in all its glory ever since I m one of the luckiest generation in terms of how music has played a huge part in so many aspects of my life I feel for today s teenagers, not because there is no great music out there In fact, there s too much of it I feel for them because music is not going to be the centre of their universe in the way it became for me in the 70 s There are now so many other distractions In [...]

    12. Joe on said:

      Reading this original edition from before it was renamed to Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom The Golden Age of Rock seems very appropriate, since the best way to approach this is as an artifact straight from its specific moment in time the musings of a precocious, cocky 22 year old music obsessive in 1969 Some of the quirks of perspective that result are charming than others It s wryly ironic that Cohn was already wondering what the Rolling Stones had left in them with Let It Bleed and its two succes [...]

    13. Josh on said:

      An eyewitness account of rock and roll its rise, its glory days, its decline written when The Beatles were still a going concern, Elvis was still making his comeback, and The Rolling Stones had given up touring, Cohn s book is unlike any other rock and roll book I ve read It aims to capture the pulpy, electric feel of the best rock and roll, which means it s rough and ragged, quick with its opinions and funny stories but not much interested in a scholarly approach That s fine, of course, and I [...]

    14. Valerie on said:

      Au depart je me suis dit, que c tait moins pr cis que la plupart des bouquins sur la musique que j avais lu, mais ensuite j ai compris que derri re cette vision personnelle qui n h site pas dire qu il n a jamais vraiment pu rentrer dans le trip Dylan, et qu il pense que c est le chanteur le plus surestim de tous les temps, j ai vraiment vraiment kiff Pourquoi Son style est dynamique et vivant, m me la traduction n y resite pas IL a t t fait de classer les plus de trente ans comme des vieux largu [...]

    15. Darren on said:

      What a blast this book is like Absolute Beginners, it captures what it was to be in that first generation of British teenagers to have a distinctive identity This book was written by Cohn when he was in his early 20s, reflecting on the gestation of rock music performed by white people, highschool pop and RnB, through to soul, surf, superpop, folk rock and the almighty Beatles Unlike every other book about rock and pop I ve read, this was written as a hot take , if you will, capturing the thought [...]

    16. Terry Wheeler on said:

      For me this is one of those books that got away In the early 70s you could count the paperbacks on pop with one hand My teenage budget was also scarce I had to choose between this book and Charlie Gillet s The Sound of the City This one looked trivial so I opted for Gillet s book Much as that book is a classic and incredibly well researched and set out, Cohn s labour of love about 50s and 60s rock and pop wins hands down He wrote this book when he was twenty two locked himself in a cottage on t [...]

    17. Evan on said:

      This was one of the first book length works of rock criticism, written in 1968 and revised a few years later As such, it didn t tell me much that I didn t already know from a factual standpoint, but the writing is passionate as well as thoughtful and engaging, and the voice is emphatically subjective without being obnoxious In particular, I found the Anglo Irish Cohn s observations on the late 50s American culture that spawned what he calls highschool music the post Elvis, pre Beatles teen pop o [...]

    18. Saxon on said:

      This is essentially time piece from 68 and revised a few years later that attempted to track the rise of pop and rock n roll from the 50s to the present by one, particularly opinionated and very young, rock critic At times, it s brilliant and other times Cohn seems bored as all hell with his task.In many ways, this book also acts as an alternate history to a lot of generally accepted narratives about some of pop music s greatest bands and stars and none of them, absolutely no one, gets off witho [...]

    19. robert on said:

      My hardcover was published in 1969 This book is flash opinionated and fast and in love with the pop of pop, in love with rock n roll but not Rock Heresies abound which makes the book rebellious in a good way, even though I cannot agree that the Beatles lost their way when they dropped acid and became spiritual and started creating Art , or that one line of the Monotones Book of Love means than all of Blonde on Blonde Cohn bemoans the state of modern music There has to be insanity again He wants [...]

    20. Josh on said:

      This is a marvelous introduction to rock pop, spanning from its beginnings in the late 50s to the post Beatles era of 1970 The perfect companion piece to this, which starts in the 60s but then also runs into the 80s, is Lester Bangs s Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung.What makes these books work so well together are the authors commitment to writing in the style of rock, i.eeir narrative voices attempt to echo the general cadences of rock music and the personality of the times Both are ext [...]

    21. David Ward on said:

      Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn Grove Press 1969 781.9609 Written in 1969 by a Brit, this book covers roots rock, R B, and the biggest bands of the 1960 s before the sixties were over In fact, this was written so early that there is no perspective to be found This book contains the earliest rock criticism I have found My rating 7 10, finished 7 29 14.

    22. Romanaadvorafred on said:

      Good points it s written with absolute conviction, written well and is an invaluable memento of a particular moment of time.Bad points its language has not aged well, there are some factual inaccuracies and he was dead wrong about Zeppelin.It s a polemic It doesn t pretend to be unbiased However, it is somewhat amusing to see someone claim that the Beatles won t mean as much as Elvis.

    23. Gautsho on said:

      Isegi mu r msalt pealiskaudne huvi muusika vastu ei seganud, v ga hea raamat, ja millise lustiga ja kui t siselt kirjutatud Tahaks kogu popmuusikast kuni siiani sellist lugeda David Bowie teab, mida loeb.

    24. Martin Raybould on said:

      Pj Proby was a genius, Jimi Hendrix was ugly, The Rolling Stones probably won t last and Led Zeppelin are unimportant Written in 1968 the future is hard to predict but Nik Cohn makes so many wrong calls that this becomes a farcical chronicle of the roots of pop and rock.

    25. Kate Harper on said:

      this is the first rock n roll book ever written it s worth reading, mainly because it s the first of its kind, and cohn s observations are interesting his predictions about who will remain popular and who will fall are often right on and at times comically off cilla black, for example.

    26. Sarah on said:

      A real interesting read about rock and roll s history, written in 1968 Not sure if I agree with this guy s perspective on it, but he was there And he s an entertaining author.

    27. Dave Finnigan on said:

      fantastic nothing you dont already know,and you keep thinking that you couldve written it yourself, but you didnt

    28. Luis D. on said:

      Me encant apreciar un viaje por la evoluci n de la m sica popular

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