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New York Rock

From the Rise of The Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB

Steven Blush

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 1250083613
ISBN13: 9781250083616

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496 Pages



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As a city that represents endless possibilities, New York has been the setting for the dawning of new movements, styles, and genres. In the 20th century, the birth of Rock represented a connection between art forms and the city’s socioeconomic, racial, and sexual variants. New York Rock breaks down the rock scene’s half-century connection to New York and analyzes its distinct subculture through the prism of influences, crosscurrents and psychoactive distractions. Over 1,500 musicians, clubs, and labels, from Madonna to the Ramones, held roles in the making of New York Rock, and it’s their contributions that created this iconic art form. A compilation of firsthand narratives about each genre of rock, from Punk New Wave and Glitter Rock to New York Hardcore and Indie rock, New York Rock is the ultimate illustrated account of Rock’s role in New York City.


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New York Rock: From the Rise of the Velvet Underground to the Fall of CBGB, he chronicles the many phases of rock ‘n’ roll music in New York City between the 40-year span of 1966 to 2006, from now world-famous bands such as Blondie and Kiss to a whole host of lesser-known bands who were part of the New York rock scene."Huffington Post

“Steven Blush has done something truly impressive and exacting here—distill the essence and core of the rock scene in the country’s largest city over four decades into an insanely detailed oral history.”—Houston Press

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New York City and New York Rock mean different things to different people. Everyone has ideas of “what it’s all about.”...

About the author

Steven Blush

Besides the bestselling American Hardcore, STEVEN BLUSH is also author of American Hair Metal (Feral House), and .45 Dangerous Minds (Creation). Blush also co-produced the eponymous American Hardcore documentary released by Sony Classics, and was the publisher and primary editor of the award-winning Seconds interview magazine. He also writes for Paper and Interview and music-oriented magazines.

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