Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mount TBR #42

I read this book for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted over at My Reader’s Block from January 1 – December 31, 2016. The challenge is to read books that you already own.

The Sound of the City - Charlie Gillett

This informative survey is a history of rock ‘n’ roll and other kinds of popular music from the late Forties to the early Seventies. The author has written many books and lists related to the topic. His opinions are sound and intelligent, never outlandish. The best way to read the book is to read and then to listen to the songs online. It is a way to discover amazing “new” artists such as Esquerita, Ella Mae Morse, The Delmore Brothers, and countless more. The usual problem with survey like this is if one reads too much the parade of names, group monikers, song titles and styles and influences rather numbs the mind. But this is a reason to keep the book to return to it and conclude that the only reason I found a copy at a used book sale is that its owner died and his widow donated it. But while we are still around we’re never too old to change our opinion of the Del Vikings upon listening to the them for the first time in 30 years.

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