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					The History of Rock Music - Book Review

<p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>“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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Joy Cagil
is an author on <a target="_new"
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