The Secret History of Rock: The Most Influential Bands You've Never Heard

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To amend the "official" history of Rock, the author focuses on the fascinating history and powerful influence that certain innovative, albeit generally under-appreciated, musicians have had on successive generations of bands. 50 illustrations.
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To amend the "official" history of Rock, the author focuses on the fascinating history and powerful influence that certain innovative, albeit generally under-appreciated, musicians have had on successive generations of bands. 50 illustrations.
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Describes artists who influenced other rock musicians, but who are not well known to music fans. One section covers 20th-century composers such as John Cage and Philip Glass, while others discuss such topics as obscure 1960s psychedelic groups, experimental German musicians such as Can and Kraftwerk, and early prototypes of rap music. Precious few photographs and many random quotes from contemporary musicians are included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823076697
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 20th-Century Composers 7
Erik Satie 9
Raymond Scott 11
John Cage 14
Theater of Eternal Music the Dream Syndicate: LaMonte Young, Tony Conrad, John Cale 17
Philip Glass 21
Glenn Branca 25
2 International Pop Underground 29
Van Dyke Parks 30
Scott Walker 33
Serge Gainsbourg 36
Big Star 39
Young Marble Giants 43
Beat Happening 45
3 Psychotic Reactions and Garage Rock 50
MC5 51
The Stooges 53
Rocky Erickson/13th Floor Elevators 57
Silver Apples 60
Syd Barrett 63
4 Absurdists and Eccentrics 66
Captain Beefheart 66
The Residents 70
Pere Ubu 74
Red Krayola/Mayo Thompson 77
5 Naive Rock 80
The Shaggs 81
Half Japanese 83
Daniel Johnston 86
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers 90
6 Frayed Roots 94
Gram Parsons 94
Nick Drake 98
The Cramps 101
Gun Club 104
7 Krautrock 108
Can 109
Faust 112
Kraftwerk 115
Neu! 118
8 Sound Sculptors 121
King Tubby 122
Lee "Scratch" Perry 124
Brian Eno 128
Adrian Sherwood 133
9 Original Rappers 138
U-Roy 139
Last Poets 141
Watts Prophets 144
Gill Scott-Heron 147
Iceberg Slim 150
10 New York Rockers 153
Suicide 154
Television/Richard Hell & the Voidoids 157
The Feelies 161
DNA 165
Swans 168
11 Minimalist Funk 172
Trouble Funk 173
ESG 175
Liquid Liquid 178
12 The Post-Industrial Wasteland 182
Throbbing Gristle 183
Einsturzende Neubauten 186
Chrome 189
The Birthday Party 191
Big Black 194
13 British Post-Punk 197
Public Image Limited 198
Wire 201
Buzzcocks 206
The Fall 210
Gang of Four 212
Swell Maps 216
14 Riot Moms and Other Angry Women 219
Lydia Lunch 220
X-Ray Spex 223
The Slits 226
The Raincoats 228
15 American Hardcore 232
The Germs 233
Black Flag 235
Dead Kennedys 236
The Minutemen 242
Husker Du 246
Bad Brains 249
Minor Threat 252
16 Avant Punk USA 256
Wipers 256
Mission of Burma 260
Flipper 263
Slint 265
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