Rockin' Down the Highway: The Cars and People That Made Rock Roll
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Rockin' Down the Highway: The Cars and People That Made Rock Roll

by Paul Grushkin
     
 

FINALLY, THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED, BOOK-LENGTH HISTORY OF THE LONG AND WINDING INTERPLAY BETWEEN ROCK & ROLL AND THE AUTOMOBILE.

With the help of more than 1,000 evocative images, including many not previously seen in print, prominent rock historian Paul Grushkin presents an expansive celebration of the unholy marriage of rock & roll and internal combustion. Postwar

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FINALLY, THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED, BOOK-LENGTH HISTORY OF THE LONG AND WINDING INTERPLAY BETWEEN ROCK & ROLL AND THE AUTOMOBILE.

With the help of more than 1,000 evocative images, including many not previously seen in print, prominent rock historian Paul Grushkin presents an expansive celebration of the unholy marriage of rock & roll and internal combustion. Postwar America witnessed a swelling youth movement, which in turn proved a wild and loose breeding ground for the inseparable, simultaneous developments of rock & roll and car culture. This loud music and these loud cars were utterly unprecedented. To adults, they signified danger; to kids, they represented intoxicating freedom. Inevitably, the two got it on and never looked back.

With an appreciation for all genres of popular music to since emerge—R&B, rockabilly, surf, soul, psychedelia, punk, funk, folk, hip-hop, and more—Grushkin riffs on the associations that dozens upon dozens of historic and contemporary artists, both iconic and merely mortal, have had with cars for more than a half-century, through both their songs and everyday lives. Likewise, with an understanding of what it means to be an unrepentant gearhead—a devotee of hot rods, customs, muscle cars, motorsports, tuner cars, bone stockers, and even the obligatory limos and tour buses—the author also turns the table to show how leading figures from the automotive realm have played a persistent part in the world of popular music for more than fifty years.

The result is massive and mind-bendingly illustrated, thanks to scores of car-related musical ephemera (45s, album art, promotional posters, etc.), imagery from many of rock’s leading photographers (Joel Bernstein, Jay Blakesberg, Danny Clinch, Henry Diltz, Glen E. Friedman, Lynn Goldsmith, Jim Marshall, Charles Peterson, Neal Preston, Pamela Springsteen, to name a few), acclaimed photographers from the car world (including Steve Coonan and David Perry), and some of today’s top rock-poster artists, including Mark Arminski, Coop, Eleanor Grosch, Gary Houston, Kathleen Judge, Stainboy, and Alison Zawacki, all of whom have created exclusive art for the book.

The relationship between rock and cars has been long and rich—Rockin’ Down the Highway is the long-overdue and glorious tribute.

 

Jacket illustration by Darrell Mayabb

Jacket design by Brent Rector/FUEL Creative Group

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760322925
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
11/15/2006
Edition description:
First
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.69(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Rock n' roll is one of the most important elements at the several dozen Goodguys Rod 'n Custom events we produce each year. Our goal is for people to have a rockin' good time.

Car music comes from all eras, but there's no question that the classic songs set a mood that's hard to beat. On a beautiful day at a state fairgrounds somewhere — anywhere—in the United States, the colors, shapes, chords, and notes, plus all the great people, combine to create an experience that's totally American. What could be better than rock n' roll than the hottest — and coolest — cars? Open this book and you'll see."  Gary Meadors, Founder and President, Goodguys Rod n' Custom Association

“Paul Grushkin’s new book celebrates the wild and wonderful marriage of cool music and hot cars … cars and music, from Elvis to Springsteen and Mustang Sally to Little Red Corvette, tell a tale straight and true as the white line to the horizon. They’re an American love story.” New York Daily News, Nov. 8, 2006

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

Swank, April 2007

“The book is replete with anecdotes and commentary from famous musicians, as well as ‘ordinary’ rock-n-rollers who’ve loved rock and cars equally with a passion. If you’ve ever dug a rock tune or driven in an American car you should own this book.”

 

Road and Track, May 2007

“The book is superbly researched and hardly misses a lyric or car reference in the long history of Rock and Roll. The photos and illustrations alone are worth the price.”
                                                                                                                                                                                

Automobile, February 2007

“It’s heartening to know that there are others out there in the world with a love of music so completely intertwined with a love of cars that you can’t tell where or when one stops and the other begins … Paul Grushkin’s book … takes us down memory lane, past Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel, and back to 120 East Liberty.”

 

                                                                                                                                                                        

Octane (UK), January 2007

“It’s one of those books that’s impossible to put down once you start leafing through it …  Rockin’ Down the Highway is loud, thrilling and utterly engrossing.”

 

Classic & Sports Car

“A wonderful entrée to a never-ending subject and it’s hard to see how it might have been better executed without being a hugely expensive multiple-volume epic. Some of the illustration is simply breathtaking … It is simply a lovely thing.”

Rod and Custom Magazine, September 2007

“Part encyclopedia and part scrapbook, this book is completely packed with 800 photos and descriptions of starts, cars, car culture artists, album covers, interviews and concert posters. It’s about cars and rock, but what it’s really about is cars as an expression of personality.”

 

New Zealand Classic Car, Book of the Month, July 2007

“The book is lovingly illustrated with many never-before-seen photographs … It all makes for a convincing argument that rock ‘n’ roll is synonymous with car culture – easily the book of the month.”

 

 

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