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Few journalists have staked a territory as definitively and passionately as Mikal Gilmore in his twenty-year career writing about rock and roll. Now, for the first time, this collection gathers his culturalcriticism, interviews, reviews, and assorted musings. Beginning with Elvis and the birth of rock and roll, Gilmore traces the seismic changes in America as its youth res...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published January 4th 2000 by Doubleday Books (first published December 29th 1997)
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One might be forgiven for mistaking this book's subtitle--"A Shadow History of Rock & Roll"--for an indicator of some sort of underground, avant-garde perspective on the history of popular music. It is not, though, and while Gilmore's collected pieces are well-written, these explorations of Bob Dylan, Elvis, the Beatles, the Clash, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, et al. would only be considered "underground" or "shadowy" by the Des Moines chapter of the Pat Boone Fan Club.

A worthwhile (if no...more
A competently written collection of essays on rock icons and related subjects, but not very revelatory. There's some things about Jim Morrison that have been written, said and filmed ten times before, some typical 90s-era Cobain myth-making, the expected rock critic essay about punk that makes it sound like something that happened in Britain and was later exported to LA (Max's Kansas City, CBGB, the Cleveland contingent and the Detroit forefathers apparently never happened), and chapters on Elvi...more
Wow! What a long, strange trip it's been... This book takes us on a ride through time, through some of the history of rock and roll, introducing us to the people, and the events that helped shape who we are today. Not only is the soundtrack of our lives documented in these articles, but the events which formed much of them are chronicled in a way that enables us to see the bigger picture. Who would have thought that the music, and the musicians that made it, and their influences on each other, c...more
The Barenaked Ladies did a song in the 1990s called "Box Set". In it is buried this tight lyric:

All the people want is what I used to be
When I try to play something new, all they want is 1973.

Imagine my complete surprise when no less a Rock Legend (capitalized) than Mick Jagger throws out this statement during an interview with the author: "Well, the fans want to hear what we were. I mean, if they admit that we have gotten old, they have lost their youth." Gilmore goes on to argue that the Stone...more
I got this book in 1999 as entertainment editor at the Collegian and finally got around to reading it this year. A seasoned music scribe, Mikal Gilmore developed relationships with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and many others. Those relationships inform this collection of essays which in many cases appeared in Rolling Stone and elsewhere over the course of 20 years. Some illuminating information about many artists, including Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and Jerry Garcia.
By far the best overall music book I've ever read
Simply a must read for any music fan!
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Mikal Gilmore was born "Michael Gilmore," but later changed the spelling of his name. He was born February 9, 1951 to Frank and Bessie Gilmore.

In 1977, Gilmore's brother Gary, a convicted murderer, was the first person executed after the death penalty was reinstated in 1977. Gary Gilmore was executed for shooting two young Mormons, Max Jensen and Ben Bushnell, in cold blood. He was executed by fir...more
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