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Easy Riders, Rolling Stones: On the Road in America, from Delta Blues to 70s Rock

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781780235295
Author(s): John Scanlan
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Dimensions: 147 x 208 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 248
Series: Reaktion Books - Reverb

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Easy Riders, Rolling Stones delves into the history of twentieth-century American popular music to explore the emergence of 'road music'. This music - blues, R'n'B and rock - took shape at pivotal moments in this history, and was made by artists and performers who were, in various ways, seekers after freedom. Whether journeying across the country, breaking free from real or imaginary confines, or in the throes of self-invention, these artists incorporated their experiences into scores of songs about travel and movement, as well as creating a new kind of road culture. Starting in the Mississippi Delta and tracking the emblematic routes and highways of road music, John Scanlan's fascinating new account explores the music and the life of movement it so often represented, identifying 'the road' as the key to an existence that was uncompromising. Scanlan explores how the image became an inspiration for musicians like Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan, and how these musicians also drew stimulus from a Beat movement that was equally enthralled with the possibilities of travel.The author goes on to relate how the quintessential American concepts of freedom and travel influenced English bands such as the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.
These bands may have been foreigners in the us, but they also found their spiritual home there - of blues and rock'n'roll - and glimp
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