All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77 by Tony Fletcher
A penetrating and entertaining exploration of New York’s music scene from Cubop through folk, punk, and hip-hop.
From Tony Fletcher, the acclaimed biographer of Keith Moon, comes an incisive history of New York’s seminal music scenes and their vast contributions to our culture. Fletcher paints a vibrant picture of mid-twentieth-century New York and the ways in which its indigenous art, theater, literature, and political movements converged to create such unique music.
With great attention to the colorful characters behind the sounds, from trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie to Tito Puente, Bob Dylan, and the Ramones, he takes us through bebop, the Latin music scene, the folk revival, glitter music, disco, punk, and hip-hop as they emerged from the neighborhood streets of Harlem, the East and West Village, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. All the while, Fletcher goes well beyond the history of the music to explain just what it was about these distinctive New York sounds that took the entire nation by storm.
Tony Fletcher is the author of three music biographies and a novel. He founded the music magazine Jamming! and has contributed to Newsday, Spin, and Rolling Stone, among many other publications. He lives in Mt. Tremper, New York.
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In All Hopped Up and Ready To Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77, Tony Fletcher has demonstrated extraordinary depth in his research and vibrancy in his writing. Not only was I fascinated by his stories of times and styles about which I knew little, but, in those areas in which I knew a lot, he has connected all the dots for me…oh, yeah, and it’s a damned good read.
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...and as Tony Fletcher vividly illustrated in ALL HOPPED UP AND READY TO GO, they certainly did shake...from jazz to mambo to r and b to rock n roll to girl groups to punk to disco!!!
As a amateur musicologist, music fan, lover of all these genres and NYC lore, ALL HOPPED AND READY TO GO is a book I was heavily anticipating from when word spread of its impending release. Suffice to say, I wasn't disappointed and actually quite enlightened about the impact such genres as mambo had on the music culture here. Indeed I concur with a lot of other people who dig this book, in that Tony draws a easily follow-able line that runs through and connects the many movements that made up music culture in New York City over the specified 50 year period. It's history...it's anthropology...it's sociology...it's nostalgia...all wrapped up in a subject we all have a love for in a city we all have a love for.
AHU+RTG is in my opinion, also a fine companion piece to Charlie Gillett's SOUND OF THE CITY and Simon Reynolds' RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN. The former, released in the early 70's, was one of the first to examine the impact of pop music in all its forms on the urban populus. The latter basically takes up where ALL HOPPED OFF leaves off...taking the disco, hip hop and punk movement into post-punk.
There is also a quality to the energy, depth and enthusiasm in the narration that might only come from an immigrant who decided to become a part of his own scene in his adopted city (which is the author's currently untold story). As Suicide's Alan Vega said regarding the inspiration of NYC on his band's music "It made a great playground for us" The wonder in the story Tony Fletcher conveys from that inspiration is palpable throughout the book.
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