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The secret history of rock - Roni Sarig

The secret history of rock - Roni Sarig

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The most influential band...(Billboard Books)
The most influential band...(Billboard Books)

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF ROCK 
THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BANDSYOU’VE NEVER HEARD
RONI SARIG
Billboard BooksAn imprint of Watson-Guptill Publications / New York 
 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
In bringing this book from a vague idea, to a huge pile of research materials, to a written andedited reality, many people have gladly given their help. I would like to thank those without whomI could not have made it through:First, to my closest advisor, earliest editor, greatest supporter, and primary inspiration, mywife Danielle. And to all my family and friends for their support, particularly those with music business rolodexes: Tommy and Sabrina.Thanks as well to my editors Bob Nirkind and Sylvia Warren, to my agent Sheree Bykofsky,and to my research assistants Jason Schepers, Chris Toenes, John Cline, and David Rosen. Also, tothe nearby friends who provided advice and information, and helped track down albums, stories,and people: David Menconi, Tim Ross, Ben Goldberg, Joe and Elizabeth Kahn, Farnum Brown,and the music library at WXDU.I am indebted to all the artists who, without anything to promote except the music they loved,enthusiastically agreed to be interviewed. Thanks especially to those who went out of their way tocontact me and continued to make themselves accessible in whatever way they could: King Coffey,Jim O’Rourke, and Kate Shellenbach.And of course, thanks to the many publicists, managers, label heads, and journalists who provided material and assistance. Particularly, those who went beyond the call of duty MichaelShore, Carol Cooper, Bill Adler, Neil & Lucas Cooper – as well as those who did their jobs promptly and happily: Kathy Keely, Deborah Orr, Darcy Mayers, Sabrina Kaleta, Alison Tarnofsky,Mike Wolf, Beth Jacobson, Taylor Mayo, Bill Bentley, Steve Cohen, Bettina & Howard (at ThrillJockey), Brian Bumbery, Renee Lehman, Karen Weissen, Andy Schwartz, Helen Urriola, ScottGiampino, Michelle Roche, Jennifer Schmidt, Tommy McKay, M. C. Kostek, Sarah Feldman, MarcFenton, Cathy Williams, Glenn Dicker, Jason Consoli, Carl Munzel, Kurt (at Atavistic), MattHanks, Vicky Wheeler, Josh Mills, Julie Butterfield, Hallie (at K), Susan Darnell, Shawn Rogers,Tami Blevins, Colleen Mollony, John Troutman, Drew Miller, Jennifer Fisher, Heather (at Fire),Curtis (at Taang), Terri Hinte, Aaron (at SST), Josh Kirby, Heidi Robinson, Jen Boddy, PaulaSartorius, Carrie Svingen, Erica Freed, Susan Silver, Tony Margherita, Stacey Slater, Tracy Miller,Malik Bellamy, Claudia Gonson, Kevin O’Neil, Howard Weuffing, Jeff Hart, Jeff Tartikoff, GeneBooth, Jason (at Epitaph), Perry Serpa, Sandy Tanaka, Ali (at Cleopatra), Anne Pryor, SandySawotka, and anyone else who helped out.Final thanks go to the subjects of this book, who have not been thanked enough for daring to be original.2
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
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1 20
TH
-CENTURY COMPOSERS
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10
Erik Satie
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12
Raymond Scott
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15
John Cage
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18
Theater of Eternal Music (the Dream Syndicate): LaMonte Young, Tony Conrad, John Cale
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22
Philip Glass
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26
Glenn Branca
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30
2 INTERNATIONAL POP UNDERGROUND
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34
Van Dyke Parks
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35
Scott Walker 
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39
Serge Gainsbourg
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43
Big Star 
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47
Young Marble Giants
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51
Beat Happening
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54
3 PSYCHOTIC REACTIONS AND GARAGE ROCK 
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58
MC5
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59
The Stooges
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62
Roky Erickson / 13
th
Floor Elevators
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66
Silver Apples
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69
Syd Barrett
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73
4 ABSURDISTS AND ECCENTRICS
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76
Captain Beefheart
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77
The Residents
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81
Pere Ubu
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85
Red Krayola / Mayo Thompson
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88
5 NAIVE ROCK 
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92
The Shaggs
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93
Half Japanese
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96
Daniel Johnston
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100
Jonathan Richman / The Modern Lovers
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103
6 FRAYED ROOTS
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107
Gram Parsons
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108
 Nick Drake
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112
The Cramps
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116
Gun Club
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120
7 KRAUTROCK 
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123
Can
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124
Faust
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128
Kraftwerk 
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131
 Neu!
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134
8 SOUND SCULPTORS
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137
King Tubby
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139
Lee “Scratch” Perry
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142
Brian Eno
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146
Adrian Sherwood
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151
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