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New York Rocker

My Life in the Blank Generation

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New York Rocker by Gary Valentine
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The roots of punk in the rubble of rock - by a man who was part of it all; By 1970, the hippie dream of the 60s was dead - the sound track to revolution had become a multi-million dollar industry, and 'rock' had lost its 'roll'. Glitter tried to save music's soul, but was too inherently commercial to be cutting edge for long. Then in 1974, a rescue movement arrived on the streets of New York City. Within two years it had spread West to California, and then East to London. Punk was born. Three chords, black jeans, a pair of shades and a lot of attitude accompanied music that had a hard edge to match the facts of life on its home ground, New York's East Village. This is a first hand account of this little documented era - of life alongside Patti Smith, the Velvet Underground, David Bowie and the New York Dolls, of the gigs at CBGBs hitting the mainstream as Warhol and his glittering crew descended - to its worldwide explosion, with Malcom McLaren showing the originators how things really should be done...

Author Biography

Gary Lachman, as Gary Valentine, was a founder member of Blondie, and wrote many of the group's early hits. This book is the story of the world from which Blondie grew, with rare and intimate insight, and includes anecdotes of his life alongside other luminaries of the era with whom he performed, including Iggy Pop. His first book for Sidgwick is Turn Off Your Mind, a history of the arc and roots of the occult counterculture of the Sixties. This is its natural sequel for the Seventies.
Release date NZ
February 22nd, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
40 black & white halftones
Imprint
Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd
Pages
256
Dimensions
135x216x22
ISBN-13
9780283063671
Product ID
1661951

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