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Heart Full of Soul. Keith Relf of the Yardbirds by David French (2020)

Heart Full of Soul. Keith Relf of the Yardbirds by David French (2020)

In the southwest of London, in 1962 a young Richmond band called The Metropolis Blues Quartet was staring to become England’s probably most innovative rock band. This band would become the nucleus of a guitar based outfit that later significantly altered music history and start, among other things, the American psychedelic and garage rock period. […]

Five Years Ahead of My Time: Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present by Seth Bovey (2019)

Five Years Ahead of My Time: Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present by Seth Bovey (2019)

The Third Bardo’s 1967 song “Five Years Ahead of My Time,” a musical gem by the psychedelic garage band from New York is the eponym for this book, as the many garage bands of the 1960s laid the foundations for American Rock music. The word “garage” in this context actually describes their foremost place of […]

The Northern Soul Scene by Sarah E. Raine et al. (eds.) (2019)

The Northern Soul Scene by Sarah E. Raine et al. (eds.) (2019)

Only a few recent local dance scenes gained enough influence on a global scale, so they could be called some sort of movement; with powerful and addictive rhythms, strong horn sections, strings, highly emotional (shouted) lyrics, an overall richly decorated studio sound, a positive outlook (in the lyrics), a genre of late-1960s soul music, played […]

From Flappers to Rappers: The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture by Marcel Danesi (2018)

From Flappers to Rappers: The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture by Marcel Danesi (2018)

As there are already some titles informing about this “feature” of modernity (youth cultures), the title at hand by Marcel Danesi convinces with a solid introduction of what “the youth,” (“a youth,” “a teenager,” or a person in its “adolescence”) actually is and how the “species” was first, well, discovered by sociologist. And how, after […]

Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media… by N. Bentley, B. Johnson and A. Zieleniec (eds.) (2018)

Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media… by N. Bentley, B. Johnson and A. Zieleniec (eds.) (2018)

With emphasis on “Teenage Dreams,” three loosely designed subdivisions – literary fictions, representations on screen, critical theory and representations in other media – approach the huge body of demonstrations of subcultures in popular culture in the title at hand. Already the very idea of subcultures is strongly connected to modes of narration: “One of the […]

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction … by Iain Mcintyre and Andrew Nette (eds.) (2017)

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction … by Iain Mcintyre and Andrew Nette (eds.) (2017)

The development and the origins of pulp fiction books are both well-documented and naturally before there was a market for those products, there was a demand for it. Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, however, starts not at the beginning of this genre, but dives deep into the phenomenon of the pulp books that dealt with subcultures […]

The British Blues Network: Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity by Andrew Kellett (2017)

The British Blues Network: Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity by Andrew Kellett (2017)

After WWII, with the British Empire finally devoid of its former power and importance, young British blues enthusiasts invented their own vision of a new country, they – metaphorically – chose as their preferred home country an idealized (American) life, namely in creating the very personal America with lots of possibilities and adventure. As all […]