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The Little Black Leather Book of Rock 'N' Roll

Review by Gary Hill

It's only partially black, definitely not leather, but it is certainly little and undoubtedly about rock 'n' roll. This is a pocket-sized volume of quotes about all sorts of topics surrounding the musical style that started out as rock 'n' roll and later became just plain rock. It's organized into handy categories, but also has an index to search for person quoted (including people like Frank Zappa, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Keith Emerson and many, many more). The overall effect makes for a work of light reading that is fun to take from beginning to end or just pick a page at random. The topics begin with "Rock 'N' Roll Part 1". The first quote of the book really is an interesting one from Time circa 1956- "Rock 'N' Roll does for music what a motorcycle club at full throttle does for a quiet afternoon. The results bear passing resemblance to Hitler mass meetings". A sampling of some of the other categories include "We Will Rock You", "Jailhouse Rock", "The King And I", "Rags to Riches", "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and "Highway to Hell". This book is a lot of fun and should be an inexpensive and welcome addition to any rock fan's collection.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2002 Year Book Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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