With access to a vast archive of interviews down the decades, this text tackles the entire range of musical genres that has emerged this century. It offers a cultural and social portrait of a constantly evolving society, telling the history of music as it happened rather than as it is remembered.
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Veteran pop music observers won't be surprised that Melody Maker's history of most of a century of pop music is significantly smaller than Rolling Stone's history of just the rock era. MM, like its homegrown rival, the New Music Express (NME--get it?), covers pop music in a quick-hitting style that sometimes suggests Walter Winchell as a Billboard columnist. MM emphasizes the popular in popular music. Thus, bits about the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, ABBA, Marc Bolan, the Carpenters, and the Bay City Rollers are absolutely free of any taxonomical concerns about form or style. MM gives record buyers a little background about, a little peek behind the scenes with, perhaps a little dishing of their purchases' perpetrators. Johnstone's coverage extends from 1926 to now. Why '26? Because MM was launched that year as "the `house organ' of a London music publisher." Johnstone quotes generously from MM stories, which helps make the thoroughly readable, admirably indexed book refreshingly terse. Mike Tribby
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Descrizione libro Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110747541906