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This is the last word on the history of rock & roll - told in true "Rolling Stone" style. Some rock journalism celebrates vivid personalities and lifestyles; some rock journalism explores musical tradition and the meaning of rock & roll as a cultural phenomenon. The best rock journalism, the classic "Rolling Stone" kind, pursues both paths. The interviews and essays included in Rolling Stone: The Decades of Rock & Roll are the quintessence of the best. The premier artists of the rock & roll annals are drawn out by the most knowledgeable and skillful of journalists to talk articulately, frankly, and in great depth about themselves, each other, their music, their lives, our lives, and our times. The essays take a look back at the trends and innovators of the past fifty years, giving insight to our perceptions of music and ourselves. A richly textured document accompanied by images from the Michael Ochs Archives collection, Rolling Stone: The Decades of Rock & Roll commemorates fifty years of groundbreaking music.
Rock & roll has been around for almost 50 years, and since 1967 Rolling Stone has been following the circus, reporting with wit and insight on its antics. Now Rolling Stone and Chronicle Books join forces to deliver the first five decades of rock & roll as it's never been read before. The Decades of Rock & Roll delves into Rolling Stone's vast archive and pulls out the most interesting, insightful, and seminal essays and interviews written in the history of music journalism. Full of the funny stories and vivid details that bring history to life, the pieces are organized decade by decade along with newly written retrospectives from crack writers like Rob Sheffield and Anthony DeCurtis. Stars like Little Richard, Bob Dylan, and Robert Plant are revealed in incredible interviews. Paul McCartney gives his top ten songs of the '60s as does Moby for the '90s. Black-and-white photos capture Otis Redding on his knees, screaming into the microphone, or Donna Summer wreathed in '70s glitz. From R&B to punk rock to rap to grunge, The Decades of Rock & Roll gives fans of all ages the lowdown on the way it was, and the way it is today