Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom

Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom

The Golden Age of Rock

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A celebration of the language and primal essence of rock'n'roll provides a fascinating history of a turbulent era, from the rise of Bill Haley to the death of Jimi Hendrix, that dispels rumors, tells scandalous stories, and details the music. Reprint.

Perseus Publishing
Written in 1968 and revised in 1972, Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom was the first book to celebrate the language and the primal essence of rock 'n' roll. But it was much more than that. It was a cogent history of an unruly era, from the rise of Bill Haley to the death of Jimi Hendrix. And while telling outrageous tales, vividly describing the music, and cutting through the hype, Nik Cohn would engender a new literary form: rock criticism. In his book's wake, rock criticism has turned into a veritable industry, and the world of music has never been the same. Now this seminal history of rock 'n' roll's evolution is available once more -- as riotous a spree as any in rock writing.

Blackwell North Amer
At the age of eleven, Nik Cohn heard a record whose lyrics changed his life. Little Richard screamed: "Tutti frutti all rootie, tutti frutti all rootie, tutti frutti all rootie, awopbopaloobop alopbamboom!" For Cohn, this seemed a magical code - the language of the future.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2001]
Edition: First Grove Press edition
ISBN: 9780802138309
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 COHN
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 21 cm
Notes: Includes index
Originally published: New York : Da Capo Press, 1996 (reprint of the edition published: England : Paladin, 1970 (1973 printing))


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Sep 24, 2015

"At any rate, I have a memory of two fat years, 1964 and 1965, when you did nothing but run loose and waste time, buy new clothes and over-eat and gab, when you thought you'd never have to work in your life again. It was futile, of course, pop has always been futile but it seemed elegant, it was easy living, and English pop was better than it's ever been, than it's ever likely to be again."
Greil Marcus called this 1969 book "the first best book on rock 'n' roll." Intelligent rock criticism was about a decade behind rock music and it wasn't until the mid to late-60s with the emergence of writers like Lester Bangs, Greil Marcus, and Cohn and the start of magazines like "Rolling Stone" and "Crawdaddy" that it caught up. Cohn, a Brit, wrote this in the late 60s when he was in his early 20s and it's a spirited, opinionated, and vivacious account of major acts like the Beatles, the Who, Dylan, and the Stones, but also, more importantly, of the cultural milieu they created. You may disagree with him, but you'll never be bored by him. Bob Stanley's excellent "Yeah Yeah Yeah" feels like a direct descendant of Cohn's book. One of Cohn's stories was also the basis for "Saturday Night Fever."


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