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An outdated curio, well worth a read!!,
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The thing to remember if you're going to read this is that it was written at the end of the 60s. The Beatles were still together; Elvis was still alive; "prog" was just beginning, and there was no Queen, no Sex Pistols, no Nirvana, no Michael Jackson etc. etc.
Added to this there was virtually nothing in the way of "pop" or "rock" reference material for Cohn to work on, bar the weekly music press, and the mainstream media.
Accordingly, a great deal of the material in this book comes out of Cohn's head, and it is refreshing to read a "critic" willing to actually say something straight, complimentary or not, rather than indulging in the usual fanciful over-analysis, navel-gazing, and retro-fitting.
He covers most of the bases briefly, but lucidly, and most of the time his views have stood the test of time. He gets a few wildly wrong of course - Led Zeppelin are dismissed as an irrelevance; The Rolling Stones wouldn't (or shouldn't) last beyond their 30th birthdays; and P.J.Proby was the greatest entertainer of them all!
While you may disagree with a lot of what he says, in most instances he devotes about the right amount of space to each act, but the book works best as a potted history, or a starting point. It's far too outdated to be taken as gospel, or as a definitive guide, and can only be read now as a curio, albeit a very entertaining curio.