From Oscar Wilde to Ziggy Stardust, from Liberace to Lou Reed and T Rex to Roxy Music, here is the flamboyant decadence, the androgyny, and the sheer unadulterated fun of the early ´70s - in an incredible rock history that tells it like it was. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joanna Hall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tkmu/000002/bk_tkmu_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bat Chain Puller (the title is taken from a Captain Beefheart song) is an incisive portrait of a culture unanchored and adrift. In these pieces, veteran MTV commentator and rock journalist Kurt Loder turns his jaundiced eye and trenchant wit on the nature of celebrity as embodied by rock musicians and other pop culture icons. Ride along as Mick Jagger sheds his bad-boy image to embrace the jet-setter lifestyle; ponder the puzzling dichotomy between Prince´s racy lyrics and self-proclaimed spirituality; and witness whether The Who´s latest tour will indeed be the band´s last, or a disingenuous declaration to increase profits.Bat Chain Puller also pays tribute to those who have kept the rebellious torch burning brightly in the glittering land of celebrity: David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Laurie Anderson, The Beatles The Ramones, Blondie, The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Talking Heads, The Sex Pistols, ZZ Top, Bruce Springsteen, and more... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000020/bk_adbl_000020_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A rollicking look at 1971 - the busiest, most innovative and resonant year of the ´70s, defined by the musical arrival of such stars as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni Mitchell. On New Year´s Eve, 1970, Paul McCartney told his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court in London, effectively ending The Beatles. You might say this was the last day of the pop era. The following day, which was a Friday, was 1971. You might say this was the first day of the rock era. And within the remaining 364 days of this monumental year, the world would hear Don McLean´s ´´American Pie´´, The Rolling Stones´ ´´Brown Sugar´´, The Who´s ´´Baba O´Riley´´, Zeppelin´s ´´Stairway to Heaven´´, Rod Stewart´s ´´Maggie May´´, Marvin Gaye´s ´´What´s Going On´´, and more. David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and a well-regarded critic, was 21 in ´71, the same age as many of the legendary artists who arrived on the scene. Taking us on a tour of the major moments, the events and songs of this remarkable year, he shows how musicians came together to form the perfect storm of rock and roll greatness, starting a musical era that would last longer than anyone predicted. Those who joined bands to escape things that lasted found themselves in a new age, its colossal start being part of the genre´s staying power. Never a Dull Moment is more than a love song to the music of 1971. It´s also an homage to the things that inspired art and artists alike. From Soul Train to The Godfather, hot pants to table tennis, Hepworth explores both the music and its landscapes, culminating in an epic story of rock and roll´s best year. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Hepworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009519/bk_reco_009519_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Respected broadcaster Alan Cross narrates the definitive history of alternative rock over the last 30 years. He recounts the stories of David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and Iggy Pop. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Cross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcca/000002/bk_hcca_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Toda la estética multicolor y la irreverencia de un género que durante los años 70, marcó una época. Nacido para desafiar la sobriedad del rock progresivo y la seriedad o nihilismo de otros géneros, el movimiento comandado por Davie Bowie, T. Rex, Alice Cooper, Roxy Music y compañía, marcó una huella que aún hoy, nadie ha olvidado. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish. 1. Spanish. uncredited. http://samples.audible.de/bk/olst/000151/bk_olst_000151_sample.mp3.
From the acclaimed author of Rip It Up and Start Again and Retromania - ´´the foremost popular music critic of this era´´ (Times Literary Supplement) - comes the definitive cultural history of glam and glitter rock, celebrating its outlandish fashion and outrageous stars, including David Bowie and Alice Cooper, and tracking its vibrant legacy in contemporary pop. Spearheaded by David Bowie, Alice Cooper, T. Rex, and Roxy Music, glam rock reveled in artifice and spectacle. Reacting against the hairy, denim-clad rock bands of the late ´60s, glam was the first true teenage rampage of the new decade. In Shock and Awe, Simon Reynolds takes you on a wild cultural tour through the early ´70s, a period packed with glitzy costumes and alien makeup, thrilling music, and larger-than-life personas. Shock and Awe offers a fresh, in-depth look at the glam and glitter phenomenon, placing it in the wider ´70s context of social upheaval and political disillusion. It explores how artists like Lou Reed, New York Dolls, and Queen broke with the hippie generation, celebrating illusion and artifice over truth and authenticity. Probing the genre´s major themes - stardom, androgyny, image, decadence, fandom, apocalypse - Reynolds tracks glam´s legacy as it unfolded in subsequent decades, from ´80s art-pop icons like Kate Bush through to 21st-century idols of outrage such as Lady Gaga. Shock and Awe shows how the original glam artists´ obsessions with fame, extreme fashion, and theatrical excess continue to reverberate through contemporary pop culture. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Camm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005592/bk_harp_005592_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The ´60s ended a year late - on New Year´s Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. The next day would see the dawning of a new era. Nineteen seventy-one saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next 40 years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more. January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This audiobook tells you how. It´s the story of 1971, rock´s golden year. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Hepworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002452/bk_rhuk_002452_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Get schooled in rock with Rock Trivia Madness! Rock and Roll. For more than 60 years, it has been the soundtrack to our lives. Albums like Highway 61 Revisited, Born to Run, and Nevermind have helped us make sense of who we are. Not only that, the daring passion and bold visions of rock artists have shaken up social norms and even helped change the course of world politics. There´ve been some wild stories to go with this wild music. If you´re eager to learn some of the crazy, random facts of rock, Rock Trivia Madness is the book for you! This collection of rock stories from the 1960s to the 1990s will thrill and fascinate fans of music trivia. You´ll learn: How the Beatles helped the Rolling Stones score their first hit How the Velvet Underground helped overthrow the Communists in Poland How David Bowie almost turned his back on fame and fortune What Black Sabbath has in common with James Bond How a PA system helped get David Lee Roth into Van Halen Why the IRA threatened to kidnap U2´s Bono How Sarah McLachlan saved a hip-hop legend´s life How a girlfriend´s gift inspired the Red Hot Chili Peppers to ´´Give It Away´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106133/bk_acx0_106133_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Allan Jones launched Uncut magazine in 1997 and for 15 years wrote a popular monthly column called Stop Me If You´ve Heard This One Before, based on his experiences as a music journalist in the 70s and 80s, a gilded time for the music press. By turns hilarious, cautionary, poignant and powerful, the Stop Me...stories collected here include encounters with some of rock´s most iconic stars, including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Smiths, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. From backstage brawls and drug blow-outs, to riots, superstar punch-ups, hotel room confessionals and tour bus lunacy, these are stories from the madness of a music scene now long gone. Allan Jones is an award-winning British music journalist and editor. In 1974, he applied for a job on the UK´s best-selling music paper as a junior reporter, signing off his application with ´Melody Maker needs a bullet up the arse. I´m the gun, pull the trigger´. He was editor of Melody Maker from 1984 to 1997 and until 2014 editor of music and film monthly Uncut. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matt Bates. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030509/bk_adbl_030509_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.