London, Reign Over Me: How England's Capital Built Classic Rock

Stephen Tow (Author) Bill Bruford (Foreword by)
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Description

It all started in London. More than fifty years ago, a generation of teens created something that would change the face of music forever. London, Reign Over Me immerses us in the backroom clubs, basement record shops, and late-night faint radio signals of 1960s Britain, where young hopefuls like Peter Frampton, Dave Davies, and Mick Jagger built off American blues and jazz to form a whole new sound. Author Stephen Tow weaves together original interviews with over ninety musicians and movers-and-shakers of the time to uncover the uniquely British story of classic rock's birth. Capturing the stark contrast of bursting artistic energy with the blitzkrieg landscape leftover from World War II, London, Reign Over Me reveals why classic rock 'n' roll could only have been born in London. A new sound from a new generation, this music helped spark the most important cultural transformation of the twentieth century. Key interviews include: -Jon Anderson (Yes) -Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) -Rod Argent (The Zombies) -Chris Barber (Chris Barber Jazz Band) -Joe Boyd (Producer/manager) -Arthur Brown (Crazy World of Arthur Brown) -David Cousins (The Strawbs) -Dave Davies (The Kinks) -Spencer Davis (Spencer Davis Group) -Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention) -Ramblin' Jack Elliott (Solo folk/blues artist) -Peter Frampton (Humble Pie, solo artist) -Roger Glover (Deep Purple) -Steve Howe (Yes) -Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Band; Monty Python) -Kenney Jones (The Small Faces; The Who) -Greg Lake (King Crimson; Emerson, Lake & Palmer) -Manfred Mann (Manfred Mann) -Terry Marshall (Marshall Amplification) -Dave Mason (Traffic) -Phil May (The Pretty Things) -John Mayall (The Bluesbreakers) -Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds) -Ian McLagan (The Small Faces) -Jacqui McShee (The Pentangle) -Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits) -Carl Palmer (Atomic Rooster; Emerson, Lake & Palmer) -Jan Roberts (Eel Pie Island Documentary Project) -Paul Rodgers (Free) -Peggy Seeger (Solo folk artist) -Hylda Sims (Club owner) -Keith Skues (DJ: Radio Caroline, Radio London, Radio One) -Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac) -John Steel (The Animals) -Al Stewart (Solo folk artist) -Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things) -Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) -Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention) -Rick Wakeman (The Strawbs, Yes) -Barrie Wentzell (Photographer: Melody Maker)

Product Details

Price
$28.00
Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
February 15, 2020
Pages
224
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.56 X 9.0 inches | 1.03 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781538127179
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About the Author

Stephen Tow teaches history at Delaware Valley University, specializing in rock n roll and twentieth-century America. He is the author of The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge and resides near Philadelphia with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.

Reviews

Through its clarity and apposite interviews, Tow's recreation of London's musical growth from the fifties onwards gives you a genuine feeling of being amongst it all and sharing the excitement that we all felt.--Kingsley Abbott, music writer & 60s London teen
A must read for all you unfortunates who weren't around to be part of this seminal era.--Terry Marshall, co-founder, Marshall Amplification
Once again Stephen Tow takes us back to a great musical place in time. Every minute and every paragraph sparks the memory and a smile.--Peter Noone, Herman's Hermits
This is a must read on both sides of the Atlantic for any contemporary music buff. The influence of black American music on the British music scene is profound, and what the British did with it had a profound influence on turning American audiences on to their own musical heritage.--Dave Mason, Traffic
Stephen Tow's excellent and comprehensive book importantly positions London at the centre of 60s world culture, and shows the roots and consequences of that from the 50s to the present day. We thought it was normal then, but it has turned out to be something special.--Richard Thompson
Stephen Tow has accurately depicted post-war England in the fifties and sixties, when nobody understood what was happening in music until decades later. London, Reign Over Me took me back to what was an extraordinary time for music; a creative and cultural phenomenon that could never be replicated.--Roger Glover, Deep Purple
Stephen Tow is to be congratulated on his insightful commentary and understanding of the evolution of the rock music scene in London during the 60s. Tow's interpretation was fascinating reading and spot on.--Mike Pinder, The Moody Blues
Tow conjures up the period in the '60's when I and the Ram Jam Band had our biggest success alongside legendary artists Georgie Fame and Zoot Money. It was an amazing time and this very accurate and extremely well-written book brought back some fantastic memories. A must-read for anyone interested in the history of music.--Geno Washington, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band
Stephen Tow is very insightful in his descriptions and historically on the button. He is an inspiring documenter of the period. Well done.--Dave Davies, The Kinks
This vibrant pop history makes a strong case for London being the true birthplace of modern rock. . . The book moves at rocket speed as it describes how the music pivoted and grew . . . What results is a passionate study of a unique moment in rock history.--Publishers Weekly
Rather than regurgitating the research of others, [Tow] draws from many interviews with key musicians including artists Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Rod Argent (the Zombies), and JimMcCarty (the Yardbirds), as well as from memoirs and biographies. His writing is immediate and clearly paints a picture of 1960s London. VERDICT Covering dozens of bands in a variety of styles, Tow pens a sweeping look at a pivotal period of music history.--Library Journal
[Tow] takes readers on a fascinating, astute, and welcoming tour through the birth of the several genre offshoots--such as progressive rock and folk--to explore the remarkable circumstances that made London and its surroundings such a fertile and significant creative space. One of the strengths of this book is the inclusion of insights from important musicians, managers, producers, critics, and others of the time. . . London, Reign Over Me is a masterfully researched, spacious, and inviting survey of British rock music in the 1960s.--Popmatters
[Tow] lays out just how British musicians of the 1960s discovered, internalized, covered, and then built upon the music of American blues musicians--Booklist
Tow has paired contemporary observations with direct recollections from over ninety musicians who helped foment the scene. Tow does an admirable job pulling apart the many threads that created a musical renaissance the likes of which have not been heard before or since . . . Tow has assembled a great blend of then-contemporary observations with latter day perspectives from those who were there in this delightful and edifying book.--Entertainment Today
[Tow]'s lyrical style keeps the history moving forward and accentuates the music so eloquently you can almost hear the opening chords of some of your favorite songs. . . London, Reign Over Me hits the high notes of a decade of brilliant music in fine fashion. It's more than a simple history, it's a snapshot of one of culture's most monumental -- and fleeting -- moments, told by the artists' who lived it and the people who listened.--The Model American
An extensively-researched, historically-accurate, and uniquely British account of all the factors and circumstances that contributed to make London the ideal birthplace for classic rock during the post-war boom. . . . Tow has really done his homework on this one - the book is strewn with vivid imagery, many hilarious, interesting anecdotes, and numerous artist interviews. . . . Classic rock was, almost out of necessity, a new sound from a new generation, and Tow's book passionately explores how this music helped catalyze one of the most important cultural transformations of the 20th century.--Media Entertainment Arts Worldwide
Tow's picture of the British music scene from the early 1960s to 1969 is easy to digest, leaving the reader wanting more . . . an excellent study.--Listen Iowa