23 December 2011
320 pages, Backbeat Books (July 1, 2002)
"Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution", written by "Richie Unterberger", has just been published by Backbeat Books. This 300-page book is the first volume of the first comprehensive history of one of the greatest movements in Rock music, drawing on first-hand interviews with more than 100 musicians, producers, managers, and journalists.
An epic history of the entire style as it evolved throughout the 1960s, this first volume follows Folk-Rock's growth chronologically from the streets of Greenwich Village at the dawn of the decade and the electrification of folk music by "The Byrds", "Bob Dylan", and others through mid-1966, when "The Byrds" were taking Folk-Rock into Psychedelia and "Bob Dylan" dramatically vanished from the public eye following his motorcycle accident.
The innovations of the giants and the contributions of lesser-known heroes are thoroughly detailed, as well as the labels, producers, session musicians, managers, and fans that helped made the music happen. The sequel to "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Eight Miles High", will cover Folk-Rock from mid-1966 through 1970, and will be published by Backbeat in 2003.
The merging of Folk, Rock, and the changing social climate led to a musical and cultural revolution that was the most exciting in twentieth century popular music. This is its definitive story, weaving together lively description, critical analysis, and stories from the people who made it happen, including photos and a critical discography.
This book reveals how a diverse blend of styles, regions, and cultures swirled into the Folk-Rock revolution - infusing popular music with a controversial mix of literate lyricism, social consciousness, and rock'n'roll rebellion.
A richly woven narrative of firsthand stories and informed historical analysis, it covers all the key Folk-Rock innovators: "Bob Dylan", "The Byrds", "Lovin' Spoonful", "Buffalo Springfield", "Simon and Garfunkel", "The Mamas and The Papas", Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young and dozens more, plus lesser-knowns such as "Phil Ochs" and "Jackie DeShannon". Incorporating insights from musicians, producers, managers, club owners, record label executives and others who drove the movement, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" focuses on the birth and development of the music, but also shows how Folk-Rock changed popular music, the music industry, and society forever. Setting the scene with America's traditional Folk of the early '60s, the book describes the sea change that began in 1964 when the social consciousness of Folk met the energy of Rock. It concentrates on 1965-66, when the best, most popular, and most controversial Folk-Rock was created. The book explores the dizzyingly fast cross-fertilization of such giants as "The Beatles", "The Byrds", and "Bob Dylan"; the passionate conflicts between folk devotees and Folk-rockers; the sudden frenzy of the media; and the unforgettable music that was born.
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" also examines how Folk-Rock continued to influence late '60s Psychedelic Rock, Country-Rock and the British scene, as well as its gradual, partial transformation into the singer-songwriter movement.