Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll

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For every Beatles or Stones, there are dozens of visionary rock groups who remain unsung heroes. From cult figures such as Pink Floyds Syd Barrett (the most famous musician included here) to virtually undiscovered artists, this behind-the-scenes book with links to 12 rare songs celebrates the best rockers in everything from 50s rockabilly to 90s post-punk - the unknown greats who, for one reason or another, just never made it. Features lots of photos throughout.

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One man's unjustly neglected genius is the next man's appropriately unheeded fraud. Differentiating between the prodigies and the posers is one of the great joys of fans of any art form, including pop music. And this task is made easier with this book, a paean to some of rock & roll's quirkiest artists. All Music Guide coeditor Richie Unterberger ranks among the most prolific rock critics of recent times, and he exhibits a depth of knowledge and a clear commitment to his subjects throughout this 400-page-plus study. He tracked down former members of such long-forgotten groups as Rising Storm, Savage Rose, and the Deviants for interviews. All seem to respond with unmistakable enthusiasm as they recall creating idiosyncratic music decades back. Heaven knows, a guy like Joe Docko doesn't get many opportunities to discuss his mid-'60s Mystic Tides 45s. This brings up the book's greatest strength: the light Unterberger shines on some truly secluded artists. Yes, you may have heard of Syd Barrett and Nick Drake, but even serious rock & roll aficionados may be at a loss when it comes to Duffy Power and the Misunderstood. --Steven Stolder

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Richie Unterberger is also author of Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock, as well as The Rough Guide to Music USA. Former editor of alternative music magazine Option, he is a senior editor for allmusic.com, the world’s largest online music information resource. Unterberger co-edited the All Music Guide to Rock, has written numerous CD reissue liner notes, and is a contributor to Pulse! and rollingstone.com.

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