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All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927 - 1977 [Paperback]

Tony Fletcher
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1 Feb 2010
From the acclaimed biographer of Keith Moon comes an incisive history of New York's seminal music scenes, encompassing the ways in which the city's indigenous art, literature, theatre and political movements converged to create such unique sounds, as well as the music's vast contributions to our culture. With great attention to the characters, from trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie to Tito Puente, Bob Dylan to the Ramones, All Hopped Up and Ready to Go; takes us through bebop, the Latin music scene, the folk revival, glitter music, disco, punk and hip-hop, as they emerged from the neighbourhood streets of Harlem, the Village, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales Ltd (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849382441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849382441
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Fletcher is the author of seven non-fiction books and one novel. His biography of drummer Keith Moon, 'Dear Boy", has been named in many a Best Music Book list, and his biography of R.E.M., updated in 2013 as "Perfect Circle", has been published in over half a dozen countries. His latest biography, "A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths", was published in the UK by William Heinemann in September 2012, and by Crown Archetype in the USA in December 2012. A memoir of his South London schooldays, "Boy About Town", will be published in the UK by William Heinemann in July 2013.

Fletcher gained his entry into music journalism by founding a fanzine at his London school in 1977; by the time Jamming! ceased publication in 1986, it was selling 30,000 copies a month. Along the way he interviewed the likes of Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Paul Weller and U2, as well as dozens of up-and-coming, predominantly independent post-punk acts.

A contributor over the years to a multitude of magazines, newspapers, radio and television shows, primarily in the UK and USA, Fletcher now lives with his wife and two sons on a mountaintop near the village of Woodstock in New York State. There he runs, skis, maintains his web site www.ijamming.net, serves on his local school board, and plays Hammond B-3 and Rickenbacker in the Catskill 45s, a group that only performs songs from 45 calendar years ago.

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Fletcher's narrative hurtles along like a high-speed cab ride down Broadway. --MOJO Magazine

...covers a dazzling array of eras and genres - and expertly traces the lines between them. --Q Magazine

I enjoyed this book almost as much as I originally enjoyed all the music it covered. --Peter Buck - R.E.M.

...Flecter unites everything into one vibrantly flowing discourse... --Metro

I enjoyed this book almost as much as I originally enjoyed all the music it covered. --Peter Buck - R.E.M.

...Flecter unites everything into one vibrantly flowing discourse... --Metro

I enjoyed this book almost as much as I originally enjoyed all the music it covered. --Peter Buck - R.E.M.

About the Author

Tony Fletcher is the author of biographies on The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, Keith Moon and more. A native of Britain who lives with his family in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, he first saw R.E.M. in concert in London in 1983; he last saw them in concert in New York in 2008 on their final tour. At R.E.M.'s request, he wrote the sleeve notes for the 1991 compilation The Best of R.E.M., and the 2008 Deluxe Edition of Reckoning. In 2007 he gave the keynote talk at 'R.E.M. In Perspective,' a symposium held in their Athens, Georgia hometown.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up There With The Best 12 April 2010
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It's a pretty daunting task to cover the entire musical output of any city over 50 years, le alone New York, but Tony Fletcher, to his credit, does a pretty damn good job.

Of course each of the genres, scenes and movements mentioned in this excellent book could easily generate enough material for their own books (and many have of course) but the author's skill is summing them up in chapters that give you all the salient points, a good bit of gossip and plenty of tips about which music to check out.

Speaking as someone who has read a fair amount of music books on a variety of subjects I cannot recommend this one highly enough. File it up there with the best by Peter Guralnick, Gerri Hershey, Charlie Gillett, John Robb and Legs McNeil.

Like the best music books this one makes you want to listen to the music it describes so vividly so buy the Phil Spector Back To Mono box, a good Atlantic compliation, the Super Rare Disco series and Soul Jazz's Big Apple Rappin' and lose yourself in the sounds of this wonderful city.

How about a Detroit one next?
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Hopped Up- A truly fantastic read. 14 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
This is the first review I've posted on Amazon and I felt compelled to write it after being absolutley hooked on this book from the very first page. It's packed with interesting facts from 50 years in the musical life of NYC and at the same time tells the fascinating stories of those involved. All bases are covered from girl groups to disco, folk to punk, doo-wop to hip hop. It's all in there. And somehow Tony Fletcher manages to weave all these genres together into a focused, fast paced read which is head and shoulders above most music books which deal with only one of these subjects.

I'm an absolute music nut and loved this book. I'd definately recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in music. It's fantastic.

Now Mr Fletcher, where's the follow up('77 to date)?

John Matthews
August 10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New York New York - so good I read it twice 24 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Ex-pat Brit pens a love-letter to his new home-town in the form of a musical history of Manhattan (and not forgetting the boroughs).
Like King Kong on top of the Empire State Building, Tony Fletcher oversees all with the confidence and authority you'd expect from someone who's previously tackled the epic life of rock's own Kong-like figure, Keith Moon.
Afro-Cuban jazz, Brill Building pop classics, arty Lower East Side punk, hip-hop... no matter what your musical tastes are, by the time you've turned the final page, you'll be longing to hear every track mentioned.
What a city ! What a book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars hopped up in nyc... 17 May 2010
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A brilliant read. Pacey but researched with great stories from the artists/street. Tony Fletcher brings NYC to life combining music, cultures and social environments. Recommended for anyone into music, history or NY.
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