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The official history of rock and roll is the tale of groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, of wildly popular albums, and of almost incalculable sums of money. The secret history of rock and roll is the story of lesser-known artists whose work has shaped modern rock. Investigating 15 separate genres and influences, this book discusses, identifies and annotates the ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Watson-Guptill Publications
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Eric Wrazen
Aug 16, 2015 Eric Wrazen rated it really liked it
I owe Roni Sarig and this book a huge "Thank You" for introducing me to dozens of amazing bands that I had heard of, but never paid attention to over the past 30 years as an obsessive music nerd and musician.

The Secret History of Rock is jam packed with info on dozens of obscure (and maybe some not so obscure) bands and artists who may not have attained popular success, but who's work has inspired hundreds of other bands and artists to take rock music into different directions. Each band / artis
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Kylos
Jul 03, 2007 Kylos rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: your favorite hot topic worker
radio sucks.
take this book to the internet and learn something.
Ryan
Apr 06, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it
Worthy reference manual I still use years after buying.
Yulianto Dewata
Sep 11, 2015 Yulianto Dewata rated it it was ok
Many useful information but lacking in presenting them.
Cameron Reed
Sep 22, 2013 Cameron Reed rated it really liked it
I was a 19 year old discovering the history of avant-garde rock music just as modern indie rock began, this book couldn't have come into my world at a better time. Sure, the book isn't perfect, it could have explored more genres, and it's slightly disjointed and awkward at times, but so were DNA and the Residents. I dare you to try and find a more concise primer on everything from Satie to the Pop Group in one book. Highly recommended for your niece or nephew that loves music, but maybe hasn't v ...more
Brian
Sep 04, 2013 Brian rated it liked it
if i had known that this book was written in 1998, i probably would not have read it. however, i found a bunch of music that i haven't heard of, some that i had heard OF but never heard, and some refreshers on my personal influences.

i am sure there is something better now (pandora? or whatever streaming site the kids listen to these days.)
Cristhian
Jun 25, 2013 Cristhian rated it really liked it
Great book, full of interesting bands and artists to know about, the author makes a great job telling a story and ultimately, creating enough curiosity in you to make yo go and check chrome, pere ubu or the dead kenedys among other acts after every chapter.
John Justen
Oct 02, 2007 John Justen rated it it was ok
I had heard of them. So have you. Meh.
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