Rock ‘N’ Roll Music

Posted on June 1, 2015. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , , |

As Danny and the Juniors say, “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay.” It is “That kind of music just soothes the soul” (Bob Seger). Why not check out some of these books on the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll available at the library. As Elvis Presley said, “Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it.”

Remember, if Oakton doesn’t own the book or our copy is checked out, you can order a copy to be sent from one of our consortium libraries for FREE! Most books take less than a week to arrive.

book cover for The Story of Rock 'N' RollThe Story of Rock ‘N’ Roll: The Year-by-Year Illustrated Chronicle
consultant editor: Paul Du Noyer

“This study of the rock ‘n’ roll period provides a history and illustrated survey of the last 50 years, including the songs, personalities and events which gave each decade its particular character. A rock ‘n’ roll record box lists major musical events, key record releases, births and deaths. In addition, each section contains biographies of the each decade’s significant figures, a discussion of the alternative scenes of each period, and a trash history of feuds, rip-offs, sex scandals and lurid cases of the decade. A news in brief entry lists international events and places the decade in historical context” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘N’ Rollbook cover for Good Rockin' Tonight 
by Colin Escott with Martin Hawkins

“Memphis, Tennessee. The early 1950s. The Mississippi rolls by, and there’s a train in the night. Down on Beale Street there’s hard-edged blues, on the outskirts of town they’re pickin’ hillbilly boogie. At Sam Phillips’ Sun Records studio on Union Avenue, there’s something different going on. ‘Shake it, baby, shake it!’ ‘Go, cat, go!’ ‘We’re gonna rock… ‘

This is where rock ‘n’ roll was born—the record company that launched Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins. The label that brought the world, ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’ ‘Breathless,’ ‘I Walk the Line,’ ‘Mystery Train,’ ‘Baby, Let’s Play House,’ ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight.’ Good Rockin’ Tonight is the history, in words and over 240 photographs, of Sam Phillips’ legendary storefront studio, from the early days with primal blues artists like Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King to the long nights in the studio with Elvis and Jerry Lee. As colorful and energetic as the music itself, it’s a one-of-a-kind book for anyone who wants to know where it all started” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Shout!Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation
by Philip Norman

“Philip Norman’s biography of the Beatles is the definitive work on the world’s most influential band—a beautifully written account of their lives, their music, and their times. Now brought completely up to date, this epic tale charts the rise of four scruffy Liverpool lads from their wild, often comical early days to the astonishing heights of Beatlemania, from the chaos of Apple and the collapse of hippy idealism to the band’s acrimonious split. It also describes their struggle to escape the smothering Beatles’ legacy and the tragic deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison. Witty, insightful, and moving, Shout!  is essential reading not just for Beatles fans but for anyone with an interest in pop music” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for The Chicago Music SceneThe Chicago Music Scene: 1960s and 1970s
by Dean Milano

“This is the story of two decades of the Chicago music scene—the 1960s and 1970s, an incredibly vibrant period in urban and suburban music scenes across the country and throughout the world. Chicago was a major player throughout those decades. It was a time when jazz, rock and roll, country and western, folk, blues, and R & B flowed through the streets of Chicagoland. Much has been written about the national and international talent of that time, but not enough has been written regarding local music scenes.

This story focuses on the city of Chicago (along with its suburban club scene) and the homegrown performers who made the 1960s and 1970s one of the most electrifying and memorable periods in music history. Some of those players went all the way to the big time, while others made their mark and disappeared. But they all made a difference in their own way, and for those who were there, it is a time they will never forget” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Mad WorldMad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s
by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein

“Mad World is a highly entertaining oral history that celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the 1980s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period. Each chapter begins with a discussion of their most popular song but leads to stories of their history and place in the scene, ultimately painting a vivid picture of this colorful, idiosyncratic time.

Mixtape suggestions, fashion sidebars, and quotes from famous contemporary admirers help fill out the fun. Participants include members of Duran Duran, New Order, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, Adam Ant, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, ABC, Spandau Ballet, A Flock of Seagulls, Thompson Twins, and INXS” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell

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