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Title:
Seventies rock : the decade of creative chaos
Author:
Moriarty, Frank.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Taylor Trade Pub. edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, [Md.] : Taylor Trade Pub., [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xvii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
1970 : Passing the torch -- 1971 : Stairway to Vishnu -- 1972 : Electric warriors -- 1973 : Hicks and sophisticates -- 1974 : Distant early warning -- 1975 : Calm before the storm -- 1976 : Under siege -- 1977 : The thin end of the wedge -- 1978 : Forward in all directions -- 1979 : Rock and roll incorporated.
ISBN:
9781589790247
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Based on original interviews this book details the Seventies huge range of popular music, evocatively chronicling the artists, trends, and songs of this vibrant period.


Author Notes

Frank Moriarty, author of Johnny Cash and Springsteen, lives in Collingswood, New Jersey. Brian May was guitarist and pianist in the rock group Queen for over twenty years. He lives in London.


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Since the end of the 1970s, a small but growing contingent of music critics-starting with Robert Christgau and his Record Guide to the '70s and more recently in Joe Carducci's Rock and the Pop Narcotic-have convincingly argued that the 1970s was the true era of musical innovation in rock music, while music of the 1960s has dated badly without its counterculture context. This new work by Moriarty (Johnny Cash; Springsteen) doesn't offer the analytic depth of Christgau or Carducci, but it does offer an incredible amount of descriptive precision in defense of '70s rock. Moriarty presents a year-by-year historical account of the concerts and recordings of almost every single musical trend and innovator from the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1970 to the breakup of the Clash in 1979. Along the way, he deftly captures the glories of an artistically chaotic decade that encompassed the Beatles, heavy metal, glam-rock, jazz-rock, progressive rock, country rock, reggae, funk, punk, New Wave and Bruce Springsteen. His writing is unflaggingly energetic, although it sometimes seems that there is nothing he didn't like in that decade. But Moriarty has clearly listened closely to the music, and he is equally at home discussing the works of Led Zeppelin and critiquing the Mahavishnu Orchestra or the commercial failures of Jo Jo Gunne. His great empathy with the musical and commercial nuances of the era gives him a solid foundation for arguing the importance of what was a wild and crazy decade of music. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved