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'The definitive history of rock 'n' roll' Rolling Stone

Nik Cohn began to write this book in the late 1960s with a simple purpose: to catch the feel, the pulse of Rock. Nobody had written a serious book on the subject before, and there were no reference books or research to refer to. The result is an unruly, thrilling and definitive history of an era, from Bill Haley to Jimi Hendrix, full of guts, flash, energy and speed. In vividly describing the music and cutting through the hype, Nik Cohn engendered and perfected a new form: rock criticism.

Reviews

A thrilling, inspirational read.

Bob Stanley, Guardian

Set the template for a whole new style of rock journalism, informed, irreverent, passionate and polemical.

Choice Magazine

The best writer about pop music...an inspiration.

Jarvis Cocker, BBC Radio 6 Music

The book to read if you want to get some idea of the original primal energy of pop music. Loads of unfounded, biased assertions that almost always turn out to be right. Absolutely essential.

Jarvis Cocker, Guardian

Cohn was the first writer authentically to capture the raucous vitality of pop music

Sunday Telegraph

The defining text of what its subtitle calls ''the Golden Age of Rock.'' Spun out in a series of perfectly turned, pocket-size biographies -- Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, the Beatles, the Stones, Dylan, the Who -- it is the closest thing there is to a rock version of Vasari's ''Lives of the Artists.'' It is a book full of attitude, shrewd (and sometimes cruel) judgments, youthful cynicism and aching love

New York Times

The first best book on rock 'n' roll and still the best first book to read.

Greil Marcus

Of course I'm a Nik Cohn fan. His name is actually kind of a password. If somebody says they know about Nik Cohn, you know that person is literate -- and cool

Jay McInerney

Scholars of rock and roll still revere him for Awopbopaloobop, a passionate argument for the primacy of the three-minute pop song...A book ostensibly about popular music, but really about youth, innocence and rebellion

Observer

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784870485

    March 28, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    272 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9781844134236

    May 15, 2004

    Pimlico

    288 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781473546325

    February 11, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    272 pages

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