Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The : The First 25 Years
One of music journalism's most celebrated writers takes you behind the scenes of the hallowed temple of rock and roll in this in-depth retrospective of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Holly George-Warren, author of Punk 365, Grateful Dead 365, and co-author of The Road to Woodstock, offers a penetrating look at every musician, writer, producer, and performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during its first twenty-five years. George-Warren recounts in detail their careers, influences, greatest hits, and tons of behind-the-scenes lore, along with hundreds of transcriptions of acceptance and induction speeches from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's vast archives that have never been published anywhere ever before. An unforgettable story accompanied by dozens of dazzling photographs, this unique compendium of rock's greatest achievers is a crucial treasure for music lovers everywhere.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 248.92 x 274.32 x 27.94mm | 1,179.33g
- 20 Apr 2011
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Harper Design International
- New York, United States
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Since 1986, a legion of rock & roll stars has congregated annually for a star-studded, rollicking evening that has become one of the most celebrated events of the year and the hottest ticket in rock--the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. For more than two decades, this ceremony--usually held at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria--has paid homage to the legendary artists, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys, and others who have made rock & roll an international musical and social phenomenon. Now, for the first time in published form, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years reveals the personal, behind-the-scenes dramas, once-in-a-lifetime performances, inspirational toasts, and colorful acceptance speeches that make up rock's most unforgettable night. In their own words, rock's biggest names tell of the inspirations behind their music as they salute the pioneers who paved the way. Containing archival memorabilia, collectible album cover art, and never-before-published photographs of rock's most iconic figures, this comprehensive volume is organized by year, with insightful chapter introductions that contextualize rock & roll's historical and cultural relevance. A wealth of first-person quotations and anecdotes that intimate the truth behind the music and a complete collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's program guides round out this must-have reference for anyone interested in rock's progeny. In equal parts a tribute to rock & roll and a contribution to its continued legacy, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years is the definitive volume for those who rock.
About Holly George-Warren
Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer and editor who has contributed to more than forty books about rock & roll. She is the author of Punk 365, Grateful Dead 365, and Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry, among other books. She cowrote The Road to Woodstock and is coeditor of The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey, and Farm Aid: A Song for America. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, and the Village Voice.