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“Mike Tanner has done a commendable job in presenting 10 of the
great bands of the 60's.
Each individual/band is unique in musical style but all have certain things in common
Tanner lists these as
"-created sounds that had never been heard before.
-used what had come before and added something personal to break new ground
-kept moving forward.
-brought a special passion and energy to music.
-have caused their share of controversy.
-nobody in these pages cared as much about pleasing the accountants or the critics as they did about artistic honesty."
They acknowledged those who came before, dominated and defined their style, and their influences will be felt for a long time to come
The given time frame is mid 60's to mid 70's.
Prior to this... formative rock. This period...classic rock.... And, a post period where rock splits into genres and subgenres.
Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Each profile includes background, main influences on the "fabric" of each group, best albums and songs,
musical descendants and the band's line up.
There are political and social photographs, showing as backdrop, an era of turbulence and creativity.
There are often interesting tidbits---like----
Why Morrison and Manzarek called their band The Doors
There are 3 members of "Club 27" featured in these profiles.
Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison all died at 27 yrs of age.
Flat Out Rock was recommended for a young adult audience but is easily appreciated by an adult reader.
Mike Tanner (from sources I found) is an English teacher, song writer and recording artist from Canada.
He suggests the reader "read the book, check out the music, and decide for yourself."
"Pick up the albums if you can--they're the full show, a complete listening experience you won't get just hearing a song or two.
Turn up the volume, flip through the pages, and slip back into an era when music truly did rock the world."
Suffice to say, I highly recommend this book as a read and a resource.
"I've got pieces of April,
I keep them in a memory bouquet
I've got pieces of April,
but it's a morning in May" (David Loggins 1972) (Performed by Three Dog Night)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★”
Bev wrote this review 10 days ago.