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The History of Rock & Roll Volume II: 1964–1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock

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From rock and roll historian Ed Ward comes a comprehensive, authoritative, and enthralling cultural history of one of rock's most exciting eras.

It's February 1964 and The Beatles just landed in New York City, where the NYPD, swarms of fans, and a crowd of two hundred journalists await their first American press conference. It begins with the question on everyone's mind:
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Flatiron Books
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Kerry Pickens
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ed Ward never ceases to amaze me how much he knows about music history. I read his Rock of Ages, and I still learned more about classic rock from this book. I hope to keep reading his books until he stops publishing them because it brings back a lot of memories.
Tim Niland
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ward's history of rock 'n' roll is an admirably inclusive one, albeit a American-centric high altitude flyover where even the name checked Beatles and Stones aren't the center of attention. He writes in an engaging manner, with a breezy tone that keeps the pages turning, beginning with the trade magazines getting rumors of four mop-topped musicians from Liverpool who were coming to America. But there was already a home made revolution on the rise, with the Tamla-Motown singles coming to dominate ...more
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Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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If you have ever wanted a history of some of the greatest bands, singers, songwriters, producers, and songs that comprise the classic rock genre, look no further. The History of Rock & Roll is extremely comprehensive for the amount of pages that make it up, and obviously well researched. I enjoyed learning some rather neat little facts about bands and singers I did not know. Sometimes it could feel like an information overload, and I had to take a break, but I enjoyed it none the less.

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Annarella
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's well written, entertaning and informative. I learned a lot about rock history and I look forward to reading the next book.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Doris Raines
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
THESE GUYS ROCK ED AND ROLLED. IN THE DAY.
Tasha Doughman
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The amount of knowledge that has been trapped in this book is overwhelming in a great way. When I received this ARC— thank you to ALL the publishers and especially Ed War —I did not think there could be this much information to talk about when it came to Rock and Roll. If you love R&R and love nonfiction reads, this one is for you!
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