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Title:
An American band : the story of Grand Funk Railroad
Author:
James, Billy, 1960-
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Publication Information:
London : SAF Pub., 1999.
Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780946719266
Format :
Book

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Break out the soda-pop wine, the definitive Grand Funk Railroad (GFR) history is here! Kings of the monotonous, overlong drum solo, GFR plied the choppy stylistic waters where heavy metal and arena rock diverged from what was known at the time as "heavy" (i.e., meaningful) music and is now "classic" rock (i.e., boomer bait). In many ways, GFR is the quintessential '70s band, playing simple, loud music dressed up in counterculture attitudes, such as lead guitarist Mark Farner's whipping his long blond mane with Roger Daltrey's authority and Lizard King Jim Morrison's insouciance. GFR packed the fans in for years and sold a lot of records, as James exhaustively logs. GFR was as important in its way as fellow Detroit rockers Bob Seger and Mitch Ryder, and James gives the band its due with all the subtlety of a thudding GFR instrumental break. Meanwhile, for relentlessly serious music hounds, James includes a chapter about the GFR album that Frank Zappa produced. --Mike Tribby