Pub: November 9, 2021
Rock Concert is a lively, entertaining, wide-ranging oral history of the golden age of the rock concert based on over ninety interviews with musicians, promoters, stagehands, and others who contributed to the huge cultural phenomenon that is live rock. It provides a fascinating, immediate look at the evolution of rock ‘n roll through the lens of live performances —spanning from the rise of R&B in the late 1940s, through the hippie gatherings of the ‘60s, to the growing arena and stadium tours of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips, the British Invasion that brought the Beatles in the ‘60s, the Grateful Dead’s free flowing jams, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall are just a few of the defining musical acts that drive this rich narrative. Featuring dozens of key players in the history of rock and filled with colorful anecdotes, Rock Concert will speak to anyone who has experienced the transcendence of live rock.