The History of Rock Music – Book Review

During the fifties and later, vital, energetic, and rebellious youth produced their own music in contrast to traditional music, becoming a target for censors and conservatism. When I saw this book with an Elvis-like drawing on its cover, I had to pick it up, because it reminded me of the times when most of us in my generation were, musically speaking, in love with Elvis and his successors.

The type of music called rock music sprung up from peacetime America but was adopted by the youth through the entire world. Although it started as an act of a rebellion, rock music became the governing music form for the next few decades, eventually turning into a customary music genre and leaving its throne of rebellion to other types of music. Rock music involves a vocal melody accompanied by musical instruments such as guitars, drums, and keyboard instruments.

When rhythm and blues met country music, rock music was born. The book, “The History of Rock Music,” gives this type of historical information alongside with the biographies of and information about famous rock stars who determined and shaped the course of rock music from early on. In addition to the musicians, Dick Clark with his television show “American Bandstand” promoted the rock music and coerced its respectability by the general population.

Among the earlier artists mentioned are Little Richard, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Woodie Guthrie, and Bob Dylan, and from the sixties on come the Beatles, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Motown, Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Later, when hard rock surfaced, its representatives became Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Black Sabbath. From seventies on, singer-songwriters came into the music scene like Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell.

The book not only gives information about music groups and presents several features from actual history, but it also provides details on the instruments and the evolution of rock music trends to the end of the nineties, from before Elvis’s time to Curt Cobain’s grunge.

“The History of Rock Music” is a volume from the Masters of Music Series, in hardcover and 64 pages, with ISBN-10: 0764151371 and ISBN-13: 9780764151378.

The author, Andrea Bergamini, has written other books on music like Beethoven and the Classical Age, Music of the World, and Le rock. Also, a great deal of appreciation goes to the book’s illustrator, Ivan Stalio, who has illustrated numerous volumes such as: The Atlas of World Religions, Adapting to the Environment, The Animal Atlas, The History of Technology, Life Cycles, Mammals, and Plants.

With its large pages filled with bright photos, graphics, and illustrations, this young adult book is a delightful book to read and enjoy for people of all ages.

Cars and Guitars: Rockabilly Music and Car Shows Are a Match Made in Rock and Roll Heaven

It’s a natural. Cool cars teamed up with hot guitars. The rockabilly music scene and the car show circuit have become inseparable over the past several years. Any good car show these days will be made better by a rockin’ band or two to keep car nuts’ motors running during the event.

It’s no surprise that organizers of car shows tend to love rockabilly. After all, if a cat’s into old cars, then he’s probably into old rock and roll too, and nothing’s more rollicking than red-hot rockabilly music. Hanging out at cars shows is like entering a different world. Car owners showing off their prized possessions, gawking at the other guy’s beauty, swapping stats and specs, searching for the missing part or piece of knowledge about their car that will finally enable them to take it from perfect to pristine. And all the while, fans of old cars wander through the chrome monsters, the hopped up hot rods, the understated classics, and the custom modified beasts that are the pride and joy of their owners.

And one thing they dig almost as much as their four-wheeled lovers is the steady backbeat, slappin’ rhythm, twang-filled lead licks, and hiccupy vocals of a good rockabilly band. And the love flows both ways. There’s nothing like being on stage playing to a group of fans who really appreciate what you’re doing and you can see the energy infusion that a rockabilly band gets just by standing up there getting ready to rock to a crowd of car enthusiasts. Listening to rockabilly just makes looking at old cars more meaningful. And the presence of old cars just makes rockabilly music that much more authentic, appropriate, and energetic.

As I type this, it’s about 20 degrees below zero (and I’m talkin’ Fahrenheit!) here in the Midwest of America. With that kind of cold numbing your brain, you need something to warm you up. The thought of a balmy spring afternoon wandering through a parking lot full of muscle cars while a rockabilly guitar solo screams in the background…well, nothing gets the blood moving quite like that does!

Plans are made for upcoming car shows early and rockabilly bands will start being booked already as early as the end of the car show one year for the same event the next. There’s plenty of opportunity throughout the summer in colder climates and throughout the year where the weather’s warmer all year ’round to catch a car show, whether it’s a small local event or a huge high-profile car show extravaganza. And you can bet that if it’s a show that’s worth the time to go to, there’ll be a rockabilly band hitting the stage at one point or another!

Useful Tips for Buying Rock Music Memorabilia

Buying music memorabilia is a great way to keep treasured items from your favorite musicians. You can invest in different types of items no matter what type of music that you love. Whether you are a fan of jazz, pop, rock or any other genre, there are countless items out there that will appeal to you.

Investing in music memorabilia can be a good way to collect gifts for your loved ones and you can also end up with valuable collectibles over your lifetime. There are some useful tips to help you start your collection.

Determine exactly what you want

If you decide to buy rock music memorabilia, you need to determine exactly what you need. This means that you have to decide the type of music or the musicians to target. You can decide to collect items from your favorite band or you can widen your scope and choose items from different musicians in the genre.

You also have to decide whether you want contemporary items or classical items. You can choose anything from print records to signed guitar packs, concert posters, album covers and many more items.

Autographed memorabilia

Most professional collectors look for autographed memorabilia and for this, they have to make sure that the items are genuine. Some of the details they look for include when and where the item was autographed.

Making sure that the signature is authentic will require professional assessment but you should also insist on getting a certificate of authenticity. Make sure that you buy the items from a reputable or dependable source to ensure that you get authentic items.

Buying antiques or vintage items

When you decide to buy old musical albums or antique memorabilia, you need to know that you will have to spend more money. The items are rare and in many cases, there is a huge demand, which drives the price up.

Before investing in the items, make sure that they are in good condition. If, however, the items are very rare, they are still valuable even if the condition is not perfect.

When buying music memorabilia, you need to know that the rarity increases the value of the item. Genuine and rare autographs of musicians who are long dead are very valuable because there is no chance of getting new signatures from the artists.

Make sure that you do your homework and research each item that you intend to buy to avoid wasting your money on fake products.