The Sound of Our Town: A History of Boston Rock and Roll


From the G Clefs of the mid-1950s to the Dresden Dolls of today, from the down & dirty to the royalty of rock, here's what's been rockin' Boston for the past fifty years.
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From the G Clefs of the mid-1950s to the Dresden Dolls of today, from the down & dirty to the royalty of rock, here's what's been rockin' Boston for the past fifty years.
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Boston rock 'n' roll is more than just Aerosmith. Over the years, the city's rich club scene has also produced a gaggle of other headliners, including the Cars, J. Geils, the Dresden Dolls, Mission of Burma, Gang Green, the Pixies, and Boston. Brett Milano's vibrant illustrated history replays the ups, downs, and encores of Hub pop music.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933212302
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions
  • Publication date: 8/18/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 633,987
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
Be Beginning (1955-1960)     1
The G-Clefs, the Tuneweavers, the Sophomores: Ka-Ding Dong     1
Gene Maltais: Gangwar!     7
The Surf Era to the British Invasion (1961-1966)     13
Arnie Ginsburg: Woo Woo     13
The Rockin' Ramrods, Freddy Cannon: Where the Action Is     17
Enter the Fab Four     20
The Remains, the Lost: Don't Look Back     25
The Tea Party and the Bosstown Sound (1967-1970)     34
The Psychedelic Era: The Red Sox Are Winning     34
Ultimate Spinach, Orpheus, and "Bosstown": The Clown Died in Marvin Gardens     47
Dawn of the Superstars (1970-1976)     55
Norman Greenbaum: Spirit in the Sky     56
The Modern Lovers, the Sidewinders: Come Out and Play     58
Aerosmith: Movin' Out     66
The J. Geils Band: Ain't Nothing but a House Party     70
James Montgomery, Duke & the Drivers: Schooling Them Dice     76
Orchestra Luna: You Gotta Have Heart     80
Boston: More Than a Feeling     83
The Years of the Rat (1977-1980)     91
Thundertrain, Reddy Teddy, Willie Alexander: Hit Her wid de Axe     91
Mezz, Thrills, La Peste, Classic Ruins: Let's Go tothe Rat     100
The Real Kids: Better Be Good     106
The Nervous Eaters: Just Head     108
DMZ, Lyres: Don't Give It Up Now     110
The Neighborhoods: Fire Is Coming     116
Robin Lane, Bristols, Lizzie Borden: All Kindsa Girls     120
The Cars: Just What I Needed     126
Oedipus, College Radio, and WBCN: We Want the Airwaves     132
The Scene Proliferates (1980-1989)     139
The Early Eighties Scene: Wah-Hey!     139
Mission Of Burma: Academy Fight Song     151
Throwing Muses: Delicate Cutters     158
The Pixies: Bone Machine     162
'Til Tuesday: Voices Carry     168
New Edition, New Kids on the Block: The Right Stuff     171
The Del Fuegos: Don't Run Wild     174
Hardcore: The Kids Will Have Their Say     178
Dinosaur Jr: Freak Scene     182
GG Allin: [Censored] My [Censored]     185
The Underground Goes above Ground (1990-1999)     189
Cavedogs, Dumptruck, Big Dipper, O Positive     189
Morphine: Cure for Pain     195
Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Upper Crust, Sebadoh, et al.: Gimme Indie Rock     197
Buffalo Tom: Taillights Fade      203
The Lemonheads and Juliana Hatfield: It's about Time     207
Letters to Cleo: Here & Now     214
Scissorfight, Seka: Planet of Ass     218
Women of Sodom, Sleep Chamber: These Boots Are Made for Walking     219
The Millennium and Beyond (2000- )     223
Godsmack, Staind: Everything Changes     228
Dropkick Murphys: The Gang's All Here     228
Dresden Dolls: Yes, Virgnia     230
Boston Today: A Week in the Life     235
Acknowledgments and Sources     241
Index     242
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    More than a feeling

    When most people think of Boston rock, they think of Aerosmith, the Cars, or, well, Boston. But Brett Milano goes a lot deeper - into the doo-wop, rockabilly, and punk scenes that have kept this city's music scene going over the years. By mixing lively anecdotes (some from the author's 20-plus years as a fan and critic) with a bit of history about what was going on in this part gritty city/ part college town, he's created an enjoyable social history and wide-ranging history of an important, and often overlooked, local scene.

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