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The Most Influential Rock Stars of the 1960s: The Lives of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison [Kindle Edition]

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*Includes pictures
*Includes the rock stars' quotes about their lives and careers
*Includes an introduction and bibliography for each one
*Includes a table of contents.

In 1964, girls all across the United States filled venues, almost literally screamed their heads off, and fainted en masse. Almost from the second they played the first note, The Beatles would be hit with the resounding screams, which made it impossible for them to even hear themselves sing. When they made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in early 1964, they were greeted by young fans who whipped themselves up into such a frenzy that some of them fainted. Beatlemania had struck North America, creating a musical and pop culture phenomenon unlike anything the world had ever seen. At the center of it all was John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the principal songwriting duo who were instrumental in creating the soundtrack of the 1960s, while producing some of the world’s most timeless classics. Together with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, Lennon and McCartney propelled The Beatles to unprecedented heights, sparking Beatlemania on two sides of the Atlantic and experimenting with their sound in ways that revolutionized rock and inspired bands across various musical genres.

In the space of just a few years, Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, rose from the obscurity of a small Minnesota town to a position of royalty atop the folk music landscape of the 1960s, with a universal esteem and status on a par with Elvis Presley and The Beatles. In the 1960s, “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A’ Changing” “became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements,” but long after the transition from the ‘50s to the late ‘60s and ‘70s was accomplished, the initially baffling young folk singer who appeared out of nowhere was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for “his profound impact on popular music, and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Over the span of his career, he has received Grammy Awards, Golden Globes, Academy Award Oscars, and he has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, not to mention the Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It is rare in the world of music for a general consensus to form over who was the best at anything. Many would call The Beatles the greatest rock band, but it’s easy to find strongly opinionated dissenters. However, when it came to playing a guitar and laying the soundtrack for the psychedelic era, just about everyone agrees there was Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) and then there was everyone else. Anyone arguing otherwise either never heard his music or saw him perform. In fact, Jimi Hendrix is one of the few musicians known primarily for his sound and what he could do with a guitar than for his discography.

Dubbed by many as the “First Lady” or “Queen” of Rock & Roll, Joplin both invented and installed the “rock mama paradigm” into the American rock consciousness, a patriarchal and fraternal industry that, much like the societal traits it protested, restricted women to a narrow and conservative criteria for entrance. With only a very few kindred spirits, such as Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, “she pioneered a new range of expression for white women.”

In the mid-1960s, an era on the cusp of change from the musical and social norms of the previous decade, the emergence of Jim Morrison, the charismatic poet/musician of The Doors, helped to transform the subgenre of rock n’ roll as a stylistic flavor to the full-fledged institution of Rock Music. Morrison accomplished this transformation by avoiding membership in any of the known categories of modern rock music during the age of protest, but at the same time, he became the general symbol of anti-authoritarianism for his generation and the next.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROCK ICONS OF THE LATE 1960S! 30 Jun. 2014
In 196os, as rock mania gripped the entire world, music lovers filled venues, almost screamed their heads off, and fainted en masse, listening to the voice of their favorite artist, or watching them performed live. These stars were mobbed wherever they made appearances, greeted with loud screams, which made it impossible for them to even hear themselves sing. Wherever they go, they unleashed a frenzy, the like of which seldom seen. These stars created a phenomenon unlike anything the world had ever seen.

In The Most Influential Rock Stars of the 1960s: The Lives of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, the Charles River Editors, an independent publisher of thousands of ebooks on Kindle , Nook , Kobo , and Apple iBookstore & provider of original content for third parties, profile the lives of six of the biggest and hottest stars who changed the rock music scene like no other stars ever had.

But the impact John Lennon (1940-1980), Paul McCartney (1942--), Bob Dylan (1941--), Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970), Janis Joplin (1943-1970) and Jim Morrison (1943-1971) in the world of rock music is not confined and limited to the sixties, and it reverberates even to this day. The book pays homage to these stalwarts who turned the rock music scene on its head, and continues to defy time and space by spreading its influence even to the generation that was not born during their heydays. The book traces their childhood, rise to prominence, their music and the people who influence them. This is a keepsake book for all music lovers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great if you want to waste your money 26 July 2014
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Very disappointing. I expected a well written and insightful book which revealed uncommonly known facts about the artists. However, I found the writing to be poor and the text revealed nothing more about the artists than what can be found on Wikipedia. The book also failed to take into account that John Lennon and Paul McCartney are English so they did not attend "kindergarten" and they caught the bus to school not "campus" while in secondary education. Would not recommend.
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The information is great and indepth but the author does have a tendency to repeat himself; I end up paging back and forward because I keep thinking I'm reading the same paragraph over and over - sometimes I am but it's in another part of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit like tabloid news reports 4 Nov. 2014
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It was OK to dip into but I am not sure I believed everything written and it was a little confused and "all over the place" on some of the stories. A bit like tabloid news reports.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Aug. 2014
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Great read
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