Flat-Out Rock: Ten Great Bands of the 60s

Flat-Out Rock: Ten Great Bands of the 60s

by Mike Tanner
     
 

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The bands that rocked the 60s and 70s still resonate today.

The pioneers of 60s rock spoke for an entire generation of young people. Their music and personas reflected the conflicting moods, politics and passions of a turbulent era. Now, a new generation of musicians and fans is discovering the unique sound from that incomparable musical period.

Overview

The bands that rocked the 60s and 70s still resonate today.

The pioneers of 60s rock spoke for an entire generation of young people. Their music and personas reflected the conflicting moods, politics and passions of a turbulent era. Now, a new generation of musicians and fans is discovering the unique sound from that incomparable musical period.

Charge into Flat-Out Rock and step on stage with 10 icons of 60s and 70s rock. Author and musician Mike Tanner puts you in the front row as he chooses a pivotal event in the careers of the greatest rock artists of the era. He tells readers who influenced these classic bands and, in turn, which contemporary bands have drawn on the sounds from that time. Tanner lists each band's best songs and albums, and highlights some of the other great figures who enjoyed popular appeal.

From Jimi Hendrix's burning performance at the
Monterey Pop Festival to the Rolling Stones' tragic concert at Altamont, you'll witness the most extraordinary era of recent times. Also profiled:

  • The Beatles
  • The Doors
  • Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • Janis Joplin
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Who.

With a blend of pulse-pounding storytelling and captivating images, Flat-Out Rock is the perfect introduction for young fans.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Mary E. Heslin
Musician and recording artist Tanner profiles ten bands whose careers peaked between 1964 and 1974, classic rock's heyday. Before 1964, Tanner views rock as formative, and after 1974, as fractured into genres. Musicians made his list because they created unique sounds, brought singular passion to their art, dominated their particular styles, and influenced all who followed them. They are Bob Dylan; The Beatles; The Who; The Doors; Janis Joplin; Jimi Hendrix; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Rolling Stones; Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash; and Led Zeppelin. Tanner discusses other qualified bands, but to include one or more of them among his ten, he asks, "Who would they replace?" An introductory section summarizes each band's importance, tracks its rise to fame, and identifies its members. A longer narrative tells how each group formed and developed musically, names its best songs and albums, and touches on its internal difficulties-often drug and/or personality related-and reports its present status. Outstanding photos appear throughout, not only of the musicians but also of pivotal events, such as the shooting at Kent State, that influenced both the musicians and their audiences. Tanner successfully demonstrates how each band interpreted the anger, idealism, passions, and excesses of its generation. Teens interested in the origins of the rock music written in this new millennium, as well as fans eager to learn more about their idols-along with U2, the Stones are "the biggest concert draw in the rock world" today-will find this slim readable volume an excellent preliminary resource.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up
Ten of the great bands in the forefront of the music scene from 1964 to 1974 are highlighted here. Tanner offers a description of how each group came together and how its distinctive style developed. The discussion includes the social and political history of the period and shows how the musicians were impacted by broader events. Many of the era's songs were written in protest against the Vietnam War and other real or perceived injustices. Tanner also candidly discusses the influence of drugs on the musicians and shows how it sometimes led to self-destruction. The narrative style will hold readers' attention. A great deal of related information appears in colorful boxes or on a page that interrupts the chapter. Listings of each group's influences and greatest hits are included, as are discussions of the women's liberation movement, folk music, and the tragedy at Kent State University. This information adds to the book's scope, but interrupts the narrative flow. In spite of the layout, however, this book would be a helpful resource to use along with Adam Woog's The History of Rock and Roll (Gale, 1999) and Frank Moriarty's Seventies Rock (Taylor Trade, 2003).
—Renee SteinbergCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Capture[s] the essence... a great addition to the history of rock music for music programs.
— Victoria Pennell
Resource Links - Victoria Pennell
Capture[s] the essence of the "new" music of the '60s... a great addition to the history of rock music for music programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554510368
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/12/2006
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Mike Tanner is a musician and author of Resurrection Blues. His band plays in and around Toronto, where he lives.

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