By Scott Schinder
More than part a century after the start of rock, the musical style that started as a rebellious underground phenomenon is now stated as America's-and the world's-most renowned and influential musical medium, in addition to the soundtrack to a number of generations' worthy of historical past. From Ray Charles to Joni Mitchell to Nirvana, rock song has been an indisputable strength in either reflecting and shaping our cultural panorama. Icons of Rock deals a bright evaluate of rock's pervasive position in modern society by means of profiling the lives and paintings of the music's such a lot mythical artists.
Most rock histories, by way of advantage in their all-encompassing scope, are not able to hide the lives and paintings of person artists intensive, or to put these artists in a broader context. This two-volume set, against this, presents huge biographies of the 24 maximum rock n' rollers of all time, reading their affects, strategies, and influence in a severe and old viewpoint. Entries within this designated reference discover the problems, developments, and pursuits that outlined the cultural and social weather of the artists' track. Sidebars highlight the numerous iconic parts linked to rock, reminiscent of rock gala's, protest songs, and the British Invasion. supplying a wealth of data at the icons, tradition, and mythology of America's such a lot loved song, this biographical encyclopedia will function a useful source for college kids and song fanatics alike.
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25 Courtesy of Photofest. Ray Charles Andy Schwartz SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING The weather in Atlanta, Georgia, is damp and breezy on the night of May 29, 1959. Despite intermittent rainfall, a crowd of 9,000 people has ﬁlled the stands of a minor league ballpark called Herndon Stadium for a long evening of live rhythm and blues. B. King all have performed to an enthusiastic response; now the crowd 28 Icons of Rock is enraptured by the show’s headline attraction, whose set has reached a peak of controlled frenzy.
A New Orleans artist who barely brushed the national charts with a single song could still be “a star in the ghetto” decades later in one or another of the city’s close-knit neighborhoods. ” The tunes were infectiously simple but arranged for maximum danceability by Domino’s co-writer and bandleader, Dave Bartholomew, and played by a stellar studio group that included saxophonist Lee Allen and drummer Earl Palmer. When recording activity in New Orleans declined in the mid1960s, these and other musicians moved to Los Angeles.
4 One night during an extended engagement at the Rocking Chair in Seattle, the members of the McSon Trio were introduced to Jack Lauderdale, the proprietor of a small independent label called Down Beat Records. ” In early 1949, Down Beat released the songs on the debut single by the Maxin Trio; authorship of both tunes was credited to Ray Charles. To the surprise of all concerned, this disc made it into the Top Ten of Billboard’s Best Selling Retail Race Records chart (the industry term “race Ray Charles records” had not yet been supplanted to “rhythm and blues”) and in June Jack Lauderdale returned to Seattle to record more songs with the trio.