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Rockin' Down the Highway: The Unholy Marriage of Rock 'n' Roll and Internal Combustion Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2006

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Paul grushki's Rockin Down The Highway is the first serious look at how rock n roll culture and teenagres combined to irrevocably change the Western world. Grucshkin packs 800 colour and black and white photos into 240 pages, alongside interviews, scholarship and anecdotes about the people, places and horse power that both gave rock its early legs (or wheels) and still influences it today. --AAA New York car and Travel

Grushin's Rockin Down the Highway throws ethanol free gasoline on the flames. The book is superbly researched and hardley misses a lyric or car reference in the long history of Rock and Roll. the photos and illustrations alone are worth the price. --Road and Track

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Just Plain Makes You Smile Out Loud 2 Dec. 2006
By Sore back - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'd say what a great read, but this baby is more than that. You just pick it up and it makes you smile and chuckle in warm appreciation. The connection between cars and music always is kicking around in the back of our heads and somehow here they've caught that in visual and textual mediums. Pick this up and I swear to god it feels as if you are rockin'd down the highway with the AM radio cranked. You can browse through it, or read it cover to cover. And you can just put it on the coffee table if you want to and it still talks to you. I actually feel like sending a check to Grushkin and his co-conspirators just to keep them cookin' on similar projects. And I'm cheap. And I don't gush. If you've even heard of rock and roll and automobiles, buy this baby.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Who Else Coulda Done it? 10 Dec. 2006
By Theodore Weldon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Grushkin has been a fantastic collector/writer involving the art of rock and roll and proven it in his other phenomenal books. But this new release combining the great loves of all Americans - rock and cars - is the best yet. How he managed to find, bring together and publish all of this wonderful material from the past is almost unbelievable: cars, posters, records and the connection between them. And thank goodness he did it before it was all lost! If you're a car freak and love R&B and Rock and Roll - you've got to get Rockin' Down the Highway!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
WOW... Finally, a book that does it right. 20 Nov. 2006
By Jeral W. Tidwell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is AWESOME... Seriously, Not only is it a beautiful book but it

more than lives up to expectations once you dig into the heart of it.

The writing is fresh, relevant, and keeps your attention while the layout

is enough to make you forget what else you needed to do for the rest of the day. My first thoughts where, " I'll just flip through it and see what

I think..." well as you too will probably find, that doesn't work... it sucks you in and that's it... you are at it's mercy.

The size of the book is pretty impressive too, it looks and feels like a piece of history.

What really blew me away was the enormous amount of cool photos that I had never seen before... where did all of this stuff come from?

There are so many candid photos of stars that it's as if this book reveals a hidden treasure of historical images that needed to be seen...

and added to popular cultures view or many of these amazing people.

The author has a Great point of view... his writing is easy, fun, informative and most of all... interesting.

Over all, I would probably classify this book " It's about damn time someone got it right."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rockin Down the Highway 19 Nov. 2006
By Richard D. Whiteford - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Rockin' Down the Highway by Paul Grushkin and Mike Ness on Voyageur Press is a superb book about cars. It's about rock & roll songs about cars, and rock & roll stars and their relationship to their cars.

Packed with fabulous photos of stars like Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, The Jackson Five, The Four Tops, Janis Joplin, and so many more that there isn't enough room here to list, this book takes you on a fantastic back-stage tour of the stars and their cars.

If you are more motor-head than rock & roller you won't be disappointed. From the little deuce coup to Elvis' gold Cadillac to Springsteen's broken down GMC pickup truck to Cadzzilla, to the Dodge Demon this book displays some of the hottest and most creative vehicles that rock & rollers drove and sang about.

Paul Grushkin's book is a brilliant combination of the two most important icons of the rock & roll era, cars and stars. The brilliant photos, posters and memorabilia along with the stunning art work rates this book five stars in my book. It is a must have.

Richard D. Whiteford

Rock & roll talent agent at International Creative Management in the 70's.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A 'must' for any comprehensive rock library collection. 14 Dec. 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There are plenty of books on automobile history and culture and plenty on music history, but what makes Rockin' Down the Highway: The Cars and People That Made Rock Roll an impressive study is not just an oversized format which packs in color photos on every page - some 1,000 of them - but an attention to surveying the connections between cars and rock music. It's the first illustrated, book-length history of the topic and includes many photos not previously seen in print, coming from a notable rock historian who uses posters, photos, ads, album covers and more in the process of analyzing the attraction of fast cars and fast music to a teen audience. An outstanding, sweeping presentation which will prove a 'must' for any comprehensive rock library collection.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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