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1973: Rock at the Crossroads

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A fascinating account of the music and epic social change of 1973, a defining year for David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Eagles, Elvis Presley, and the former members of The Beatles.

1973 was the year rock hit its peak while splintering—just like the rest of the world. Ziggy Stardust travelled to America in David Bowie’s Aladdin
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is encyclopedic in its breadth of information regarding the music scene in 1973. It is very detailed, not only in aspects of the music itself, but the culture, social and political climate at the time. I grew up as a Beatles fan in the sixties because of my older brother. Almost like one grows up in a religion, it was just part of me. However, I really grew up musically as my own person during the seventies. For that reason, I was keen on reading this book. However, I did not realize ...more
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley

This was a wonderful book, although I do admit that the historical detail sometimes went over my head. There's A LOT of stuff about musical history from that time, and by a lot, I mean that only a true fan of rock will know ALL of the musicians that were talked about in this book. Regardless, I enjoyed it immensely because there was so much new information.

The thing I liked best about the book was that it wasn't solely about the music -
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty good overall. I learned a few new things about artists that I never really got into and albums that I never thought had such a sordid history. A Lot of it is lazy rehashing, rewriting, and assumptions on the author's part to take all the lyrics and original sources at face value. I have a hard time with author's looking at lyrics and thinking that's EXACTLY how an artist felt or compelled to get across. Bowie's shadow is all throughout this book with his crowning Ziggy year being 1973, ...more
Janice Lombardo
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally, I thought this would be a book about rock bands, etc. I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that the book encompasses ALL genres of interest in the early 1970's. I admit that I was 22 that year yet a lot of that time holds fond (and some not so fond) remembrances for me.

A completely comprehensive, very detailed, account of the year 1973 (and a bit of 1972 and 1974). This read includes (but is not limited to) songs & artists, news, films, sports and more. Information from the
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I would really rate this a 3.5. 1973 was the year that many new forms of rock began to emerge ( punk, disco, hip-hop, country outlaws, reggae, technopop, female rockers, glam, and gender benders) "Classic Rock stations today play more songs from 1973 than any other year"

I enjoyed portions of this well-researched book, but I got lost in many of the details. Although I was a freshman in college in 1973, I honestly do not remember many of the bands and musicians mentioned in this book...and I love
J Earl
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1973: Rock at the Crossroads by Andrew Grant Jackson is an informative nostalgic read for those of us who remember the year and a wonderful glimpse into a landmark year for both rock music and society as a whole for those too young (not old enough?) to remember 1973.

As someone who remembers 1973 quite clearly, my opinion of the book will be heavily colored by that fact. One of the things happening during this time was the shift from AM stations to FM stations for rock and, eventually, other
Chris Jaffe
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: entertainment
3.5 stars.

An exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) coverage on that was the year that was. Picking 1973 as a focal point makes sense. Jackson notes at the outset that a study (by of classic rock stations shows that this is the year that receives the most plays on those stations. That makes sense: The big names from the 1960s were still around (ex-Beatles, Stones, Who, some old Motown warhorses), and the big 1970s names were in high gear (Bowie, Zep, Pink Floyd, Elton John). Also,
Diane Hernandez
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
So what’s so important about 1973 to rock? A lot of bands and cultural icons began that year. From the first Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to the first albums of diverse acts like Bruce Springsteen, Queen, the New York Dolls, and Aerosmith, music had plenty to celebrate while Nixon was impeached and left the White House. Punk, disco, and hip-hop all began in NYC in 1973. The Vietnam War ended. And Ziggy Stardust died.

Readers who remember 1973 are in for a treat and a trip down memory lane.
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love talking about the 70s with my mother in law, she talks about how different it was and she still loves the music from during that time period . So when I spotted this book I was so excited! I’ve been making it a point to spread my wings and add some non fiction and this book was perfect! I loved that this book wasn’t just about music but how the world during this time affected the music and how the music played a part of its history! You can tell the author did an amazing job researching ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: A digital version of this book was given to me by NetGallery in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I waiver between 3 and 4 stars on this one because it was a mixed bag for me.

1973 was among my most important formative years and music played a big part in all of that. Like so many, a song from that time frame can take me back to a time and place within seconds.

I loved the many facts listed in this book, but also was a little disappointed that the book really seemed more list-like
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1973- What an incredible year! Of course, for rock music, the main focus of this book, but also for the world in general. I can't imagine a better documentation the artists, the music and the world events (that can't be ignored) when taking a detailed look at how they all influenced each other. All the elements combined birthed some truly incredible work. The back stories and glimpses behind the scenes are all truly note-worthy. Andrew Grant Jackson has infused so much passion and diligence in ...more
Steve Erickson
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite comprehensive and informative (I had no idea that Prince was a Bob Seger fan and modeled "Purple Rain" on Seger's power ballads!), but also fairly shallow. And Jackson writes with a snide sarcasm at times: the two pages on Hawkwind are mostly devoted to mocking the band (far worse artists like the Eagles are treated respectfully), while he sneers at John Entwistle's cocaine-induced fatal heart attack in the course of analyzing QUADROPHENIA. Andreas Killen's 1973 NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is more ...more
Awesome must read! A trip down memory lane back to simpler, and to me, far more entertaining times. My memory isn't serving me as well as it might, but it seems some events in this book belong in 71-72, other more so in 74...Ah, well, all long gone, so it's all the same. I enjoyed every page. Rock on Andrew! This would make a fine gift for someone who misses the decade, or is in love with it.

I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Phil Overeem
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
There are some good stories in this book, and it was one helluva year, but the bulk is cobbled together from many, many sources that cannot obscure the author's lack of anything of his own to say about whatever he thinks the crossroads are. He also seems to take more joy in the foibles and weirdnesses of the artists than he does their work, and makes numerous errors that deeper (as opposed to broader) research would have helped him avoid. And stylistically, he is just desultory: smug and glib ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, history, edelweiss
An amazing book that mixes history of rock and historical facts bring you back to 1973, a year that defined many of the things we are living now.
The book is well written, engrossing and well researched.
I read it like a novel and loved every minute.
Strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Wendi Manning
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was nothing like I expected. I thought it was just going to be a typical book on 70’s music. I was so happily wrong.

This is a fantastic exploration of the world in 1973, using the music of the times as a guide. You don’t have to be from the 70’s to really get into it. It takes you there.

The author took what could have been a really mundane subject and made it alive. I could really feel and understand the times and the music. I was born in the 70’s so it was a lot of fun to read about
Leah Horton
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
1973. Music at is finest.

What a fascinating look at a year filled with bad ass music.

This book gives us a look at how the world influenced some of the best musicians ever and how their music influenced the world.
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Jackson has written for Rolling Stone, Yahoo!, Slate’s “Blogging the Beatles,” Baseline Studio System, music magazines Burn Lounge, Mean Street, and Dispatch, and copyedited the Hollywood monthly magazine Ingenue. He directed and