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Rock Dreams Paperback – 19 Dec 2003

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (19 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 382282612X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822826126
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 1.9 x 34.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 946,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stephan robinson on 11 Jun. 2013
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I went to the opening the exhibition at BIBA in Kensington High Street, London. Many years ago and was given a signed copy of this book. The images have stayed with me all these years. I lost the book and was so pleased to be able to re purchase it. I received a very good copy and I am very happy with both the book and the service,
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Stunningly brilliant 15 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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"Rock Dreams" perfectly captures the synapses between fantasy and reality that give R&R its emotional appeal. It is a tribute to the overwhelming power of the music that two non-Americans have so perfectly, obsessively captured the quintessence of R&R and its pull on American and British hearts and minds. Peelaert brilliantly juxtaposes American and British images--for example, putting Gene Vincent in a "teddy boy" bar. In other parts, he uncannily captures American iconography--the teenager's bedroom that accompanies the image of Fabian is absolutely, perfectly 1959. These are just a few examples; the book abounds in others, using contemporary images and photos in creative, dream/reality settings, often with stunning details. Nik Cohn's text is just the right accompaniment, an admixture of fact, supposition and poetry. Unforgettable.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Dreaming of Rock N Roll 9 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
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I found this book in my father's collection back in the 70's before I was even a teenager. Each Icon of rock, soul, pop, country from the 50s to the early 70s is painted perfectly by Guy Peellaert inhabiting their own imaginary world. Such as The Beach Boys on the beach, the Drifters under the boardwalk, Otis, sitting at the dock of the bay, The Beatles being chased down Liverpool backstreets. Nik Cohn adds succint passages that captures the essence of our early rock heroes. Pouring over this book as a kid, kick started a life long love of rock 'n' roll. From Elvis to Oasis it all makes sense now, having attended the Peellaert and Cohn college of rock dreams. Highly recommended for all music and art lovers.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Best ever commentary on this dubious artform. 31 July 1999
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This is wonderful. The illustrations and the captions complement each other so well. I loved the depiction of Dylan. Best of all is the description of the brilliant Del Shannon: 'Del Shannon may have looked and sounded like a lumberjack but he cracked like a sodajerk. He was incessantly on thr run, broke and alone and his trueloves all betrayed him. In the naked city there was an eternal thunderstorm and his teardrops mingled with the rain.' Wonderful!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Juke Box Heroes 5 Dec. 2011
By Ray Erskins - Published on
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Reading "Rock Dreams" was like a backstage pass to the biggest concert on earth upon its publication in 1973. Guy Peellaert's art was as surreal as the "heaviest" vinyl LP album covers of the time and we rejoiced in the power of his revelations. Nik Cohn's prose was as poetic as Bob Dylan's lyrics, as sharp and jagged as the music of the Rolling Stones, and as gritty as the Mississippi mud gut Blues. Working together, both artists captured the zeitgeist in which we lived and we reeled from the shock of recognition. After all, rock `n' roll was supposed to be "the Devil's music," but for those of us who had come of age in the Fifties and Sixties rock `n' roll seemed like a new religion. It was teaching us about life, liberty and the pursuit of Suzie Q, showing us the velvet ropes, and as we peered deeply into its jeweled temple of song we searched our souls for an inner truth that seemed like it got lost on the Six O'clock News

The key to finding that lost inner truth was through dream of course. "Rock Dreams" flooded the empty hollows of our mind and filled the necrotic void with Technicolor magic and we suddenly saw a side of ourselves we'd never seen before. The book literally wove the history of rock `n' roll and its R&B roots into the fabric of our reality, and this at a time when rock was already losing much of its original power as its stars became wealthy and jaded, their music predictable and manufactured.

"Rock Dreams" revived our faith by showcasing the seminal genius that lay behind the initial outburst of youthful exuberance that made the genre famous. The angst and alienation we felt on a daily basis was dissolved in an instant as we gazed at its lusty images and read its words of wisdom while listening to Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" or "It's Only Rock "n" Roll" by the Rolling Stones, which, ironically, had been illustrated by none other than Guy Peellaert himself.

You might even say that we never really knew our hearts and minds until we read this book, through and through, many, many times over, cover to cover. Sure, it was brain candy, but after we had tasted its ambrosia we were hooked! Nik Cohn and Guy Peellaert had held a mirror up to nature and reflected the essence of rock `n' roll back into our eyes. It gave us a healthy dose of cynicism. There was the realization that show business was no bed of roses. Its stars put on a brave front but only the strongest could stay the course, blazing new trails, building their brand, and stoking a die hard fan base with their last drop of sweat. But the pain that was hiding behind the fame and glory made the hair stand up on the back of our neck. Rock might be about youth, beauty, and desire, but it was also about loneliness and death, and had spawned many false messiahs. Yet "Rock Dreams" really got us going in spite of all this. It came across the horizon like a tornado and blew down our house. We hit the road after that and tried to find our way amid the hunger and confusion. Some did. Some didn't. But all these years later I've got to say: "Rock Dreams" was like so many of the shooting stars on its pages. It never really grew old.
A great moment in poplar art history 12 Jan. 2014
By Mrs Spencer - Published on
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This book was originally published in the 1970's. For the generation that grew up with the roots of rock and roll the paintings in this book are not just a beautiful testament to the use of photographic images and paint together, but a reminder of the inside story behind the icons depicted. These images have become classics for the 50+ generation. These "dreams" are from a time which will never come again.
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