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All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927–77

Tony Fletcher.
Publisher Norton  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780393334838
Pages/Publication Date 476/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21110
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With great attention to the colorful characters behind the sounds—from Dizzy Gillespie to Tito Puente, Bob Dylan, and the Ramones—musical biographer and Jamming! magazine founder Tony Fletcher takes us through the music of New York City in the mid-20th century. He chronicles bebop, the Latin music scene, the folk revival, glitter music, disco, punk, and hip-hop as they emerged from the neighborhood streets of Harlem, the East and West Village, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. Throughout, Fletcher goes beyond the history of the music to explain just what it was about these distinctive New York sounds that then resonated with the entire nation.

"From the Brill Building to CBGB, from Washington Square Park to the Apollo Theater, New York has been the birthplace and center of an astonishing variety of musical trends. In his richly detailed study of 50 years of the city's most important music history, music journalist Fletcher vividly recreates the birth and evolution of jazz, folk, pop, punk and hip-hop as the strains of these musical styles emerged from the urban cacophony of New York. Drawing on interviews and archives of well-known stories, Fletcher nimbly explores the ways that various musical styles benefit from and grow out of their contact with their surrounding cultures. For example, the music scene of the Lower East Side was a direct product of the area's thriving movements in poetry, filmmaking, avant-garde music and experimental theater. Fletcher chronicles the beginnings of the folk movement in the sing-alongs in Washington Square Park and the opening of the Folklore Center on MacDougal Street in 1957, where musicians could hold hootenannies. Fletcher observes the folk scene on the wane as John Sebastian leaves Jim Kweskin's Jug Band and teams with Canadian Zal Yanovsky, formerly of the Mugwumps (which became the Mamas and the Papas), to form the rock band the Lovin' Spoonful, and provides one of the best brief histories of CBGB. Fletcher's terrific music history captures the teeming life of New York's thriving music scene."—Publishers Weekly

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