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The mammoth book of sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll
Driver, Jim, 1954-
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001.
Physical Description:
xiv, 620 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London : Robinson, 2001.
Rock 'n' roll almanac -- "Can't help falling in love" : doomed rock 'n' roll marriages -- "Scary monsters (and super creeps)" : sudden death -- "Don't leave me this way" : death by their own hand -- "Zoom" : planes, trains and automobiles -- "(You're the) devil in disguise" : death by drink and drugs -- "Don't go near the water" : death by drowning -- "Jailhouse rock" : brushes with the law and antisocial behaviour.
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ML3470 .M29 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
ML3470 .M29 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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With names like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Keith Moon, Billie Holiday, Gram Parsons, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Patsy Cline, the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Kiss, and Courtney Love, the cast of characters is as spectacular as their lifestyles were notorious. They flouted convention; they defied the establishment. They flung TVs out of hotel windows and drove Rolls Royces into swimming pools. They shot up, they burned out, they came down. For more than fifty years their excesses, scandals, heartbreaks, and tragedies made headline news. And their music changed the rhythms of nations on both side of the Atlantic. Sometimes shocking, always fascinating, this mammoth volume comprises a history of the industry and the artists who reinvented popular music as rock 'n' roll.In Day-Glo color this chronicle traces the evolution of rock music out of the jazz rhythms of the twenties and the blues of the thirties into the phenomenon of the postmodern rock megastar. It illuminates the power of rock performers onstage and their effect on the three generations of audiences that have shrieked and fainted and applauded in theaters, arenas, open fields, and stadiums across America and around the world. It also explores the lives of rock artists offstage and outside the recording studio -- revealing many of their outrageous secrets. Add to all that, specially commissioned pieces from top names in the business like Ray Davies, Nick Lowe, and Tom Waits, and you have a Mammoth that's a must for music fans everywhere.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

With essays on rock's subgenres, superheroes and original sinners by writers and critics from its inception up through today, The Mammoth Book of Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll doesn't claim to cover it all, but nonetheless comes pretty close. A short concluding section summarizes the darkest moments of the brightest stars in subsections with titles like "Death by Their Own Hand" and "Doomed Rock 'n' Roll Marriages." For the scoop or the dirt on Hendrix, Tupac, Baez or Harry Connick Jr., look no further than this compendium, edited by Jim Driver. ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved