Station To Station: The Secret History of Rock & Roll on Television

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"Rock 'n' roll was loud, brash, and impudent; TV was soothing and polite. Rock 'n' roll was sex; TV was violins. Rock 'n' roll was Elvis Presley; TV was Robert Young."
— from Station to Station
Television and rock 'n' roll: a combative yet profitable marriage of convenience that shapes fashion, attitude, talk, and music itself. In Station to Station, the first book to fully chronicle the evolution of televised rock, renowned music journalist ...

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Overview

"Rock 'n' roll was loud, brash, and impudent; TV was soothing and polite. Rock 'n' roll was sex; TV was violins. Rock 'n' roll was Elvis Presley; TV was Robert Young."
— from Station to Station
Television and rock 'n' roll: a combative yet profitable marriage of convenience that shapes fashion, attitude, talk, and music itself. In Station to Station, the first book to fully chronicle the evolution of televised rock, renowned music journalist Marc Weingarten brings to life all the defining moments in its history, from Elvis and The Ed Sullivan Show to Madonna and MTV.
Covering six decades of culturally significant performances, personalities, and shows, and drawing on dozens of in-depth interviews with key players at every level, Weingarten reveals how rock on television synthesized the burgeoning youth culture and transformed the face of middle-class America. He explores American Bandstand's stranglehold on the pop-radio charts in the 1950's, the rise and demise of artists via Soul Train and Saturday Night Live, and the impact of radio programmer Bob Pittman's idea for an "all music video" channel. Whether discussing players (Dick Clark, Don Kirshner, Don Cornelius), prefab teen idols (Fabian, The Monkees, The Partridge Family), or showstoppers (The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Run-DMC) Station to Station is a thouroughly engaging and coprehensive look at the intersecting realms of popular culture's two most influential artforms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671034443
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,157,770
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Weingarten is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, US Weekly, Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, and Vibe. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Contents

1. Local Heroes

2. "A Real Decent, Fine Boy"; Elvis on TV

3. The Idolmaker: Dick Clark and American Bandstand

4. Nelson Family Values

5. The Whole World Is Watching: The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

6. Do the Demographic Rock: The Monkees

7. Bump City: 1960s TV Rock Shows

8. Tougher than Leather: Elvis's '68 Comeback Special

9. Couch Time with the Counterculture

10. After the Sugar Rush: Cartoon Rock

11. Naked Lunch Box: David Cassidy and the Cult of the Teen Idol

12. Lucite and Soul: 1970s TV Rock

13. Saturday Night Live: Rock as Comedy, Comedy as Rock

14. Last Night a Veejay Saved My Life

Notes

TV Rock Top 40

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2001

    Station To Station: The Secret History Of Rock Roll On Television

    I got the book from my buddy mikey fox. It reminded me of simpler times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    Station To Station: The Secret History Of Rock Roll On Television

    I enjoyed this book. It was succulent and juicy and it makes a great stocking stuffer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2000

    Station To Station: The Secret History Of Rock Roll On Television

    A thorough and detailed anthology. Written with great depth of insight and breadth of scope. Weingarten is quickly becoming The dean of the music scene- both current as well as from a historic perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000

    Station To Station: The Secret History Of Rock Roll On Television

    Wonderfully written. It brought me back to my teen years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Station To Station: The Secret History Of Rock Roll On Television

    Quite an enjoyable read about two of my favorite subjects - Music and Television

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