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How the Beatles Destroyed Rock n Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music Hardcover – 27 Aug 2009

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; First Edition edition (27 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195341546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195341546
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wald's argument is built through 16 chapters of well-researched and brilliantly argued historical contextualising. (Martin James, Times Higher Education)

Fascinating new book...This is one of those rare books one wishes were longer. (Charles Spencer, Sunday Telegraph)

One of the many pleasures of this meticulously researched, lucidly written, and sometimes startling book is that it makes you want to argue with it. (Charles Spencer, Sunday Telegraph)

The reader is left in suspense while Wald explores the preceding 80 years of popular music, from the earliest days of recorded sound, deftly navigating the evolving complexities of American race relations and the social and economic upheavals of the last century. It's a tour de force. (Jon Dennis, The Guardian)

Its both thrilling and provocative. (Terry Saunton, Record Collector)

Wald explores...80 years of popular music,...deftly navigating the evolving complexities of ...the last century. (John Dennis, The Guardian)

It's a tour de force. (John Dennis, The Guardian)

this appealing book...will be particularly useful to those interested in the intersection of popular music and social climate (M. Goldsmith, Choice)

Blasphemy? Maybe. A spirited and informed polemic? Definitely. (Brian Boyd, The Irish Independent)

About the Author

Elijah Wald is a musician, writer and historian, whose books include Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues; Narcocorrido, about the modern Mexican ballads of drug trafficking; The Mayor of MacDougal Street (with Dave Van Ronk), and Global Minstrels: Voices of World Music. He is currently teaching at UCLA, and contributing regular pieces to the Los Angeles Times.


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