Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom  

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"[The Beatles] brought home exactly how conformist America had really become; they woke people up; they crystallized all kinds of vague discontents. They didn't sermonize, they didn't have to. Just by existing, they played a major part in turning dissent from an intellectual left-wing indulgence into something that involved maybe thirty per cent of all American teens."--Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom (1969) by Nik Cohn

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Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom (1969) is a book of rock criticism by Nik Cohn. Its title is based on the opening lyrics of "Tutti Frutti" (1955) by Little Richard.

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Written in 1968 and revised in 1972, Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom was the first book to celebrate the language and the primal essence of rock 'n' roll. But it was much more than that. It was a cogent history of an unruly era, from the rise of Bill Haley to the death of Jimi Hendrix.

And while telling outrageous tales, vividly describing the music, and cutting through the hype, Nik Cohn would engender a new literary form: rock criticism. In his book's wake, rock criticism has turned into a veritable industry, and the world of music has never been the same. Now this seminal history of rock 'n' roll's evolution is available once more -- as riotous a spree as any in rock writing. (less)

Table of contents

Introduction by Kit Lambert 9

1 Roots 11

2 Bill Haley 18

3 Elvis Presley 23

4 Classic Rock 31

5 Highschool 52

6 Eddie Cochran 58

7 English Rock 61

8 Rue Morgue 75

9 The Twist 86

10 Spectorsound 93

11 California 99

12 Soul 109

13 The Beatles 129

14 Merseybeat 147

15 The Rolling Stones 150

16 R&B England 162

17 Bob Dylan 168

18 The Who 175

19 England After The Beatles: Mod 182

20 P. J. Proby 196

21 America After The Beatles: Anglophilia, Bacharach and Folk/Rock 202

22 The Monkees 214

23 Love 218

24 England 1966 228

25 Ending 241

26 Afterthoughts 244

Acknowledgements 247

Index 248

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