American Bandstand

American Bandstand : Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'n' Roll Empire

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This book provides the first independent examination of Dick Clark's landmark television show, "American Bandstand". It is both a history of the show and the changing styles of rock 'n' roll music over four decades, and an examination of the business behind the show, revealing how Clark used his unique position as America's only nationally televised disc jockey to fashion a financial empire from within the pop music industry. Based on extensive interviews with music business figures, recording stars and Dick Clark himself, American Bandstand reveals what took place behind as well as in front of ABC-TV's cameras, and shares a story that few outside the show's inner circle knew more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 156 x 234.4 x 25.7mm | 572.3g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16 pp halftones
  • 0195130898
  • 9780195130898
  • 891,383

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"Valuable and authoritative."--Publisher's Weekly"John A. Jackson's fascinating book shows how Clark worked the biz side of pop music to become a multimillionaire and how his show fit into 1950s American culture and society."--Jon Wiener, The Los Angeles Times Book Reviewshow more

About John A. Jackson

John A. Jackson is the author of the prize-winning Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock & Roll. He lives in Amity Harbor, New more

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