JAMerica

JAMerica

The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene

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Baker & Taylor
Draws on interviews with some of the most recognizable names in the jam band scene to trace the genre's origins and evolution, offering insight into key musical influences, songwriting styles, and tour experiences.

Perseus Publishing
The term “jam band” is used to categorize a type of music that favors improvisation and musicianship over concise riffs, hooks, and traditional songwriting structure. The term also helps define the fiercely dedicated fans of the music as accurately as it does the bands. Much as with the Grateful Dead—the progenitors of the jam band scene—the survival of the scene depends upon a symbiotic relationship with fans. Jam bands nurture a close relationship with their fans, fostered through constant touring and the mutual belief that each performance is a unique, shared event.

JAMerica tells the story of the roots, evolution, values, and passion of the jam band scene in the words of those who know it best. Modeling itself on such books as Edie: American Girl by George Plimpton and Jean Stein (an oral history of the life of Edie Sedgewick ) and Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, the book is an oral history of the jam band scene, integrating stories from such bands as the Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, moe., Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, and dozens more. Interviews focus on the history of individual bands and how they communally shaped the larger jam band community, along with songwriting, relationships with fans, business models, and the importance (including the joys and war stories) of touring, including early gigs and venues (e.g. the Wetlands in New York City and the landmark H.O.R.D.E. Festival) that supported the emergence of the jam band scene.

Interviews with the most recognizable names in the jam band scene build a narrative that progresses through time


Book News
Conners, an author who wrote a book about his years as a Deadhead, documents the jam band culture and festival scene. He presents excerpts from interviews with members of bands like the Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, moe., Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, and Blues Traveler, who discuss improvisation, performing, songwriting, business models, fan relationships, the influence of jazz, record companies, taping, the grassroots community, touring aspects, early gigs, key venues like the Wetlands in New York City, and specific festivals like the H.O.R.D.E. Festival and Bonaroo. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on interviews with some of the most recognizable names in the jam band scene to trace the genre's origins and evolution from the perspectives of leading insiders, offering insight into key musical influences, songwriting styles, tour experiences and more. 17,500 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Lifelong, 2013
ISBN: 9780306820663
0306820668
Branch Call Number: 781.6407 CONNE
Characteristics: xix, 249 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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