Easy Riders, Rolling Stones

Easy Riders, Rolling Stones

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Easy Riders, Rolling Stones delves into the history of twentieth century American popular music to explore the emergence of 60s a€œroad music.a€ This musica€”which includes styles like blues and RaBa€”a€”took shape at pivotal moments in history and was made by artists and performers who were, in various ways, seekers after freedom. Whether journeying across the country, breaking free from real or imaginary confines, or in the throes of self-invention, these artists incorporated their experiences into scores of songs about travel and movement, as well as creating a new kind of road culture. Starting in the Mississippi Delta and tracking the emblematic routes and highways of road music, John Scanlan explores the music and the life of movement it so often represented, identifying a€œthe roada€ as the key to an existence that was uncompromising. He shows how the road became an inspiration for musicians like Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan and how these musicians also drew stimulus from a Beat movement that was equally enthralled with the possibilities of travel. He also shows how the quintessential American concepts of freedom and travel influenced English bands such as the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. These bands may have been foreigners in the US, but they also found their spiritual home therea€”of blues and rock a€˜na€™ rolla€“a€“and glimpsed the possibility of a new kind of existence, on the road. Easy Riders, Rolling Stones is an entertaining, rich account of a key strand of American music history, and will appeal to both road music fans and music scholars who want to a€œhead out on the highway.a€On the Road in America, from Delta Blues to 70s Rock John Scanlan. around in the clubs where the older men played, looking for guitar lessons. The story told by Son House was that while the young Johnson had shown significant talent as aanbsp;...

Title:Easy Riders, Rolling Stones
Author: John Scanlan
Publisher:Reaktion Books - 2015-10-15

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