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Beneath the Diamond Sky Hardcover – 1 Dec 1997
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The main players were mostly musicians, about which, naturally, he has the most to say, describing the history of the important bands who originated in the area: the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother And The Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Moby Grape, along with lesser-known acts (such as The Charlatans) who didn't make it onto a wider stage. The key recordings of the time are also discussed (identified as Live/Dead,Surrealistic Pillow,Cheap Thrills,Happy Trails and Moby Grape) which are still with us, long after the dream has faded.
This book is well put-together. Although there are probably only enough words to constitute a lengthy article, it's generously supplemented with photographs of the period (the best of which are black & white portraits by Herb Greene which are almost formal in their composition), while the text itself is setup against a multicoloured background that - for better or worse - provides a neat visual reminder of some of the psychedelic art of the day.
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So, if you're looking for a rock music history, this book is interesting, and the photos are great, with every other page being a nearly full-page photo. I like the funky page colors too. I don't know enough of the subject to say if every detail is accurate, though in my opinion the book should have either footnotes or better end notes. (On page 219 Hoskyns sites a study of protest rock in the late '60s that concluded that it may have made people more passive, but he doesn't say what study he's referring to!! That kind of thing is rare, thankfully.) It also would have been helpful if the book included some lists, such as one of the most important recordings to come out of San Francisco in the late '60s. Still, BENEATH THE DIAMOND SKY is an enjoyable read, and I learned a substantial amount about the music of that era.
in all the major events from 1964 through 1971 in the Haight.
Hoskyns has it down wonderfully....
San Francisco's rock scene in the 1960s. The pictures were terrific,
and the price used was definitely affordable. ;)
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