Music in Washington: Seattle and Beyond (Images of America Series)

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For more than 100 years, the Pacific Northwest has been making music history. In this new retrospective, rare photographs evoke the musical memories of days gone by, from the earliest 19th-century brass bands to Roaring Twenties jazz combos, 1940s hillbilly twangers, 1950s rhythm-and-blues singers, and generations of rock 'n' rollers, including the original 1950s rockabillies, 1960s "Louie Louie"-era garage bands and psychedelic acid-rock acts, 1970s punks, and 1980s new-wave artistes and heavy metal ...
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Overview


For more than 100 years, the Pacific Northwest has been making music history. In this new retrospective, rare photographs evoke the musical memories of days gone by, from the earliest 19th-century brass bands to Roaring Twenties jazz combos, 1940s hillbilly twangers, 1950s rhythm-and-blues singers, and generations of rock 'n' rollers, including the original 1950s rockabillies, 1960s "Louie Louie"-era garage bands and psychedelic acid-rock acts, 1970s punks, and 1980s new-wave artistes and heavy metal headbangers. Readers will discover how a scrappy backwoods region struggled to build the necessary infrastructure to eventually create a viable music industry and an underground scene that would ultimately earn global recognition as the home base of the 1990s grunge movement.
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Editorial Reviews

Belltown Messenger
Another terrific book is Peter Blecha's Music In Washington. Pete's the perfect man for a book like this, as he knows the Pacific Northwest music scene inside out, and, in keeping with his prodigious research skills, goes well beyond covering the obvious.
Puget Sound Business Journal
Blecha's obsession with collecting old posters, photos and records can bring back the past like a slap in the face.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The music buff on your list will love this book on the Northwest music scene, which has produced myriad artists from Roaring Twenties jazz combos to Pearl Jam. Music historian Peter Blecha has assembled hundreds of rare photos.
Seattle Sound
Music In Washington, chronicles the scene in photos...it is a fascinating glimpse at the music culture of a city steeped in song, or as Blecha calls it, 'a 101 textbook on Northwest Music History'.
Seattle Times
Blecha's book begins in a time we don't know much about and ends in an era we thought we knew everything about. ...Even the most addicted of local music junkies will have never before seen the vast majority of the photos.
Vintage Guitar
Seattle is certainly known for its contributions to popular music...but the entire Pacific Northwest region has a serious musical history that has never been told until now...this book establishes the region's long and storied musical past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738548180
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/14/2007
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 1,383,885
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author


Musician and music historian Peter Blecha has researched the Northwest's music for over two decades. As senior curator with Seattle's Experience Music Project (EMP), he developed such exhibits as the Northwest Passage local history gallery and the Jimi Hendrix gallery. Blecha has been acknowledged as "the premier expert in his chosen field" and "Seattle's Curator of Rock & Roll" (Seattle Weekly, 1988), "the leading expert on Northwest music" (Vintage Guitar, 2000), and even "the Indiana Jones of Rock 'n' Roll" (The Rocket, 2000).
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