It was a revolution. It changed the lives of a generation. By extension, it changed the lives of their children. It spread across the world. It altered the course of history…Rock & roll changed everything.
Jeremy Paschall begins his book The Illustrated History of Rock Music with this exciting refrain. Full of bold (and sometimes grainy) photos of musicians and influencers, this book divides the history of rock into categories based on years. Considering the copyright date is 1978, the reach of the book only extends into the seventies. Despite the limitations, Paschall recounts the blistering speed of rock music’s ascent with clarity and passion.
From The Ed Sullivan show, to Chuck Berry, to Elvis Presley, to Cher, to David Bowie: this book has it all. Paschall also talks about the different cultures that inspired classic rock as we know it today. Much like the literary canon, the popular music canon builds off of the innovators who came before them, and, in turn, paves the way for a generation of new musicians.
You can check out The Illustrated History of Rock Music from the Oversize books section of the library.
*Be forewarned that some of the themes and photos in this book are more graphic in nature, due to the colorful history of rock ‘n’ roll.