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  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books LLC (6 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978607686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978607685
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.4 x 30.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From psychedelia to punk, from 1966 to 1978, "Bomp!" was the magazine of rock and roll commentary and criticism. "Bomp!'s" founder Greg Shaw (1949-2004), was neither a singer nor guitar player, but still became a legend in rock and roll. Greg's legacy of two magazines, "Who Put The Bomp!" and "Mojo Navigator", were wild treasure troves of writing and graphics that gave birth to the modern rock press we know today. From psychedelic garage bands to early insurgent punk rock, "Bomp!" provided a view-from-the-garage of the most crucial era in rock history. Rare gems are featured here, many reproduced as facsimile pages, like early interviews with The Doors and The Grateful Dead, to the first writing about the New York Dolls and The Sex Pistols.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Burridge on 5 Jan. 2008
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Around the 'Punk Era' in the UK, we had someone shoving a copy of their fanzine up our nose, either at ever gig we attended, or sometimes, during the Saturday High Street shopping rush in town. Usually written on an enthusiasm driven by the band's they had been to see at local venues, then printed, as cheaply as possible, and tacked together with a staple; they were sold for ten or twenty pence each to (with luck) enable another one to be created.
And created they were, yet by accident moreso than design, one fanzine-ist had a key missing from the typewriter, so this became his trademark; as his work had the letter 'K' (for example) missing. Other's creating fanzines thought this was 'cool,' so they ripped a key out of theirs as well. Today, British fanzines like 'Sniffin Glue' are famous and have been reprinted in book form.
So, too, 'Bomp!' except Greg Shaw was doing his thing in the 60's, and he was interviewing the likes of Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison when their bands were still playing support on the circuit, and a far cry from the legends they became; and he didn't have a missing typewriter key, either, that was a 'British peculiarity.'
So this book presents those long-ago-and-precious-interviews with these and many more stars besides, and on occasion, even the original 'paste-up' pages of those now legendary fanzines are reproduced here. It's one of those books, well, if you're like me, anyway, who appreciates things like this, which takes your breath away. It's a knockout book, and an amazing tribute to Greg whom, little did he know at the time, was carving his name out in Rock History.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By arsydd on 30 Jan. 2008
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Reproducing many fine articles from the magazine's heyday, Bomp! the book traces the progression of Mojo Navigator Rock'n'Roll News in the mid-1960s, through Who Put The Bomp!, to plain old Bomp! before it finally folded in the early 1980s. Bomp! the book effectively tells the history of Bomp! and the late Greg Shaw's part in it, taking in all aspects of the musical spectrum along the way: from West Coast psychedelia; garage; rockabilly, glitter rock, power pop to punk - no stone is left unturned, it's all here!

The original material is interspersed by recent essays primarily from Mick Farren and Suzy Shaw, but other notable musicologists such as Greil Marcus, Lenny Kaye and Mike Staxx also contribute to add even extra gravitas to the book.

Visually, the book's layout is a sight to behold combining as it does full-page reproductions of magazine articles and covers etc., with colourful retro style, but, nevertheless, contemporary graphics from Ryan Corey.

All in all Bomp! the book is a hugely fascinating compendium of this influential American magazine, and well worth getting if you're seriously interested in your music history, or a casual observer just looking for a good read, or an insight into, arguably, a more interesting musical past than what's on offer today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Moseley on 18 Jun. 2008
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This is essentially a compedium of choice extracts from Mojo Navigator and Bomp magazine articles from the mid-60s to the late 70s interspersed with passages on the development of the magazine etc by Suzy Shaw and Mick Farren. It is lovingly put together. The articles are most revealing; the insularity of 60s San Francisco bands and their ambivalent attitude to black people, the clear lineage of 'punk' from 60s garage bands thru UK pub bands and the despair at the atrophy of the early 70s. What works well is that these articles date from the time and therefore are a reaction to what was happening around them them instead of a history of rock written from today's perspective. And anyway any magazine which can cover glam rock and write about Bay City Rollers records as pure pop without prejudice deserves attention!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Consider It Saved 13 Dec. 2007
By The Recordchanger - Published on
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'Bomp: Saving The World One Record At A Time' is much more than just the chronicle of a small, independent record label. It's also part cultural history, part sociological study, part "how to" (or "how not to") guide to running a record label, part scrapbook, part family album, and part rock journalism anthology. Between the pages of this marvelous book is nothing less than an alternate history of rock & roll as told by those who were helping to create and document it.

The book is a feast for the eyes with generous helpings of artwork, and memorabilia lovingly reproduced for your browsing pleasure. It also contains some of the best rock journalism of the past 40 years written by some of rock's best writers (Mick Farren, who co-authored the book with Bomp's Suzy Shaw, Greil Marcus, Lester Bangs, Lenny Kaye, Greg Shaw himself, and many, many more). There is both archival stuff - including the legendary lost and previously unpublished issue #22 of Greg Shaw's Bomp magazine - along with new essays which lend needed context to the entire project.

I've read stacks upon stacks of rock books throughout the years, not to mention countless piles of magazines, and periodicals as well, and I have never read a book about the music or the music business that I enjoyed more. We seem to be getting ever closer to a time when music will only exist as computer files. So it will be left to books, and blogs to chronicle the history of where the music came from, and what the culture that birthed it was like. 'Bomp: Saving The World One Record At A Time' tells that story better than any other I've read.

Should the day ever come when there are no records or CD's or cassettes, and maybe no rock 'n' roll (at least as it once was), if someone should ask you what it was all about and how it all came to pass, and how it sounded, even, hand them this book. You can hear the guitar riffs, and the organ runs, and the drumbeats, and the pounding bass notes with every turn of the page.

And I should add that as we are less than 2 weeks away from Christmas as I write this, it makes the perfect gift for anyone on your list who loves rock 'n' roll. And I mean REALLY loves it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Maybe Best Music Book Ever 3 Feb. 2008
By Brian J. Greene - Published on
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What a wonder. Greg Shaw is one of the most fascinating characters of pop/rock music history, and this book does such a great job of letting the reader get to know him. As a music journalist, fanzine publisher, and label owner, Shaw was a leading light in the genres of Psychedelic San Francisco, 60s garage, Power Pop (he is credited with naming that genre), Punk and New Wave. When some bands (DMZ, Barracudas, Vipers, Fleshtones, et al) in the 80s turned away from synths and looked back to the 60s for inspiration and went back to rocking out and freaking out, Greg Shaw was a force behind that movement. Shaw was also an irresponsible businessman who couldn't be bothered with the "little details," and this is where Suzy Shaw, his lifetime partner and co-editor of the book, stepped in to keep the more eartly aspects of their life (the running of the businesses) together while Greg chased his dreams and entertained his genius. We all know that Lester Bangs was every bit as rock and roll as the bands he wrote about, and Greg Shaw is right there with him. The Mojo Navigator and Bomp! were two of the best music magazines ever to see print, and this book contains page after page of reproductions of the original band profiles, record reviews, passionate editorials, cool photos, etc from the mags. You feel that you are living inside the world of Greg and Suzy Shaw, of the Bomp! record label and magazine, when you are reading the book; and, if you're like me, you feel like you are walking away from friends and comrades in The Cause when you finish it. If you care anything about real garage rock, Power Pop, New Wave, etc., or about music fanzines, or about the reality of running an independent record label, you will find this book as enthralling as I did.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Rock and Roll Yearbook 8 Feb. 2008
By Todd Zimmer - Published on
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It's yearbook size and I want my copy signed by everyone. It's hardcover and yellow and looks like the 70's...
BOMP was a GREAT music magazine, on par with CREEM in it's day and it's good to see that it has been canonized.
I do have some minor complaints though:
1- Not a single issue is reprinted, but snippets of several, not all, issues.
2- The color section is not big enough.
3- No letter sections were included, and to be honest, it was one of my favorite things about the magazine.
But these complaints don't even knock a star off my review. What is published within is golden the only people that want this book have the original issues anyway. It's got AMAZING pictures and you can listen the Weirdos while reading it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating history of one of the best rock mags of all time 8 Feb. 2010
By Gern Blandton - Published on
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I discovered Bomp magazine in the late seventies, right around the same time I discovered the equally important Trouser Press magazine. Both helped guide me through the very confusing music scene that had emerged in the wake of the Sex Pistols. Bomp magazine was almost at the end of its run, but I made sure that I bought every back issue available. Thanks to that action I discovered a new term: Power Pop. I started buying anything labeled "power pop", a term coined by Bomp supremo Greg Shaw. That was helped by having Bomp mail order available, where I would sometimes get personal handwritten notes from Suzy Shaw suggesting other singles that I might be interested in. It was also Bomp that justified my long standing endorsement of long forgotten bands like Big Star and the Flamin' Groovies. God Bless `em!

This wonderful, huge book brings back all those memories and more. How about the note from Lenny Kaye discussing this project he had on the go and asking Greg his opinion on it? That project just happened to be the first Nuggets collection on Elektra, a watershed album (and event) that changed the course of music, make no mistake. There are all kinds of pieces like that in this book and tons of fascinating photos as well. If you have ever uttered the phrase "I love rock and roll", you really need to get this thing (look how cheap it is!!). It not only justifies that phrase, but shines a light on an important (albeit forgotten) catalyst that changed everything we now hold so dear in music. Thank you Greg and Suzy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The story behind one of the greatest Rock magazines of all time. 16 Dec. 2010
By J. McDonald - Published on
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If you love Rock 'n Roll, you probably already know about Bomp! magazine. In my opinion, one of the greatest Rock magazines of all time. Unlike Rolling Stone, or other such offerings, Bomp! never lost its "grass roots" feel.

This huge 304 page book is a fitting tribute to Greg and Suzy Shaw, and a wonderful journey into a world of Rock journalism that existed primarily "just below the radar". If you can't get your hands on any of the actual magazines, or have never even heard of Bomp!, this book is a great starting place. It's also a MUST HAVE for collectors, and in fact just about anyone who loves Rock music in general.

The other reviewers have already done a fine job of covering the details; I just wanted to add my two cents and give this excellent book five stars :)

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