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Turn! turn! turn! : the '60s folk-rock revolution
Unterberger, Richie, 1962-
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San Francisco : Backbeat Books ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed to the music trade in the U.S. and Canada by Hal Leonard Pub., [2002]

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xvi, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML3534 .U57 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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(Book). Setting the scene with America's traditional folk of the early '60s, this book describes the sea of change that began in 1964 when the social consciousness of folk met the energy of rock. It concentrates on 1964-66, when the best, most popular, and most controversial folk-rock was created. The book explores the dizzyingly fast cross-fertilization of such giants as The Beatles, The Byrds, and Dylan; the passionate conflicts between folk devotees and folk-rockers; the sudden frenzy of the media; and the unforgettable music that was born. Turn! Turn! Turn! also examines how folk-rock continued to influence late '60s psychedelic rock, country-rock and the British scene, as well as its gradual, partial transformation into the singer-songwriter movement. Based on first-hand interviews with such visionaries as Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Donovan, John Sebastian, Arlo Guthrie, Janis Ian and dozens of others.

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Author of Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll (1998) and Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Stangers (2000), Unterberger here focuses his rich knowledge of 1960s popular music on the development of folk-rock music. He skillfully traces the story up to 1966, with a sequel, Eight Miles High, soon to follow. The author begins with a detailed discussion of Bob Dylan's controversial electric music set at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and a general overview of commercial folk music before the mid 1960s, before recounting the popularity of the Beatles. Drawing on a wide range of interviews and published works, Unterberger next focuses on the rise of the Byrds and various other groups and individuals, including Dylan, who began to fuse folk music with rock and roll, producing a creative folk-rock hybrid that quickly became popular. The author discusses numerous US (and even British) performers, record companies, and producers, adding considerable detail to a somewhat familiar story. A discography (with helpful notes) and numerous photographs enhance the book's value as the most extensive exploration of the topic. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. R. D. Cohen Indiana University Northwest

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Prologue: The Great Folk-Rock Clash: The 1965 Newport Folk Festivalp. 1
1 Before the Revolutionp. 21
2 Meet the Beatlesp. 63
3 The Mr. Tambourine Menp. 101
4 The Folk-Rock Boomp. 133
5 Folk-Rock, Coast-to-Coastp. 185
6 Folk-Rockin' Around the Worldp. 231
Epilogue: Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock: A note about the sequel to this bookp. 269
Discographyp. 271
Intervieweesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 285
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
About the authorp. 291
Photo creditsp. 292
Indexp. 293