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By Scott Schinder, Andy Schwartz

Greater than part a century after the start of rock, the musical style that started as a rebellious underground phenomenon is now said as America's-and the world's-most well known and influential musical medium, in addition to the soundtrack to numerous generations' worthy of heritage. From Ray Charles to Joni Mitchell to Nirvana, rock song has been an indisputable strength in either reflecting and shaping our cultural panorama. Icons of Rock bargains a brilliant evaluation of rock's pervasive function in modern society via profiling the lives and paintings of the music's so much mythical artists.

LIST OF ICONS

Volume One

Elvis Presley
Ray Charles
Chuck Berry
Buddy Holly
The seashore Boys
James Brown
The Beatles
Bob Dylan
The Rolling Stones
The Who
The Byrds
Jimi Hendrix

Volume Two

Velvet Underground
The thankful Dead
Frank Zappa
Led Zeppelin
Joni Mitchell
Pink Floyd
Neil Young
David Bowie
Bruce Springsteen
Ramones
U2
Nirvana

Most rock histories, via advantage in their all-encompassing scope, are not able to hide the lives and paintings of person artists extensive, or to put these artists in a broader context. This two-volume set, in contrast, presents wide biographies of the 24 maximum rock n' rollers of all time, interpreting their affects, concepts, and impression in a serious and historic point of view. Entries inside of this targeted reference discover the problems, tendencies, and activities that outlined the cultural and social weather of the artists' track. Sidebars highlight the numerous iconic components linked to rock, akin to rock gala's, protest songs, and the British Invasion. delivering a wealth of knowledge at the icons, tradition, and mythology of America's so much loved tune, this biographical encyclopedia will function a useful source for college kids and song fanatics alike.

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8 Wexler was present for Ray’s second Atlantic session, in May 1953. This time, everyone played it by ear, without a pre-set repertoire. Ahmet called out song titles and stray lyrics from the history of jazz and blues; at the piano, Ray blithely ran off boogie-woogie motifs and swing era quotations. Ertegun sang a twelve-bar blues stomp he’d written called “Mess Around” and Ray cut it fast, loose, and hard-driving. “Losing Hand” was a ghostly minor-key blues with atmospheric guitar work by Mickey Baker.

Ahmet Ertegun sensed the beginning of this transformation and knew it was only a matter of time and circumstance until he had the Ray Charles hit he craved. In his travels with Lowell Fulson, RC had been particularly well received in New Orleans; he settled there temporarily in the summer of 1953. In August, Ahmet and Jerry flew down for sessions at J&M Recording, working with J&M owner/producer/engineer Cosimo (Cosmo) Matassa. With time left over from a date with local singer Tommy Ridgley, they let Ray cut a pair of slow blues numbers.

In a segregated city like Tampa, it was surprising that the Playboys would enlist a blind black pianist. But RC could play country music with as much ability and feeling as any white musician—he even sang lead on a couple of tunes. Heeding the suggestions of friends, he also began to wear the heavy-rimmed dark sunglasses that became his trademark. Life in Tampa was improving for RC. It got better still when he became the featured vocalist and pianist with a new group called the Manzy Harris Quartet Ray Charles that specialized in the sophisticated blues and ballad style of Nat King Cole.

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