The Astronauts, a landlocked 1960s surf band from Boulder, outsold the rival Beach Boys in Japan. Joe Walsh wrote his signature tune "Rocky Mountain Way" in the mountains of Boulder County. Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Leftover Salmon, and String Cheese Incident gave rise to a rootsy community. 30H!3, the Fray, Flobots, OneRepublic, and other breakout stars fueled today's scene.
These and dozens of other confident young artists came to define Colorado's amazing and diverse musical legacy as the Centennial State grew from a blip on the national music radar screen to a can't-miss destination for rock 'n' roll's most prominent acts. G. Brown, a fixture in the Colorado rock scene as both a writer and a radio personality, witnessed it all. Over decades, he searched through every library, historical society, newspaper morgue, and private collection to compile materials for Colorado's Rock Chronicles, published by the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
CMHOF director and author Brown takes the reader on a band-by-band tour of Colorado's most memorable moments, from John Denver's Rocky Mountain highs to Van Halen's dressing-room-trashing lows. In all, Brown chronicles 60 years of musicians who have passed through Colorado, recounting the escapades of such international stars as Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and U2, along with homegrown talents like Firefall, the Samples, and Poco.
Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of rare performer photographs, this beautifully produced coffee-table book honors those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Colorado's music.
Proceeds from book sales benefit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, a nonprofit organization that educates the public on everything that's great about the state's music.
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"Colorado's Rock Chronicles is a page-turning hullabaloo of sophisticated historical research, illuminating biography, eye-popping tales of rock 'n' roll lore, and recollections from the players themselves. It's an ambitious, wide-ranging volume that will make you laugh out loud, bring you to tears, mutter 'I never knew that' many times over, and send you away one happy, hipper, and very satisfied reader."--Bob Diddlebock, Denver-based journalist who has covered the West for Time magazine, CNBC.com, and Inc
"G. Brown has navigated the surprising and eccentric Rocky Mountain musical landscape for decades. His storied sense of humor and eye for illuminating detail intersect in Colorado's Rock Chronicles. Within this volume you will come to know the yearning within Lothar & the Hand People's electromagnetic soul, the name of the artist who probably should not have been driving at Nederland's Caribou Ranch, and anecdotes so steamy, they could melt the snow off of Supertramp's piano."--Bret Saunders, KBCO, 97.3 FM
"Finally, somebody has written a book on Colorado music, probably the most underpublicized and underappreciated scene in the entire country. G. Brown is one of the few people who have seen it up close and personal--there's no one better to validate our history. Colorado's Rock Chronicles will make people take notice of the brilliant musicianship that has come out of our area."--Chuck Morris, President and CEO, AEG Live Rocky Mountains, CMHOF Chairman of the Board
"G. Brown was just one of many people who were in the center of the Colorado music scene, but he was the only one furiously scribbling notes and preserving a few brain cells for future use. G. not only saw it all, he helped shape it along the way, helping turn Colorado into a national player. Libel laws keep him from being able to tell about everything he has seen, but what he can reveal is plenty."--Mark Brown, Rocky Mountain News
"How quickly sixty years of music zips by! G. Brown has always been a cool dude and a hell of a writer. He hits a home run with Colorado's Rock Chronicles, illuminating many fond memories of our rock 'n' roll history. I remember, in the '70s, being allowed to dive into that grand national stage of the radio and concert biz, playing with Fleetwood Mac at Folsom Stadium. What absolute fun!"--Jock Bartley, Firefall
"Nobody knows all the good, bad, and truly funny stories about Colorado's remarkable rock scene like G. Brown. Who else could find a locally raised rock star shaking hands with Yasser Arafat? On the bus, backstage, behind the bar, in the dressing rooms, he was always there to see most of it firsthand. Colorado's Rock Chronicles is a master work and a great read by a gifted reporter."--Chris Daniels, Chris Daniels & the Kings
"So many of us growing up in this country were defined by the music we heard. G. Brown's insights and vivid descriptions of the last six decades of Colorado music put electricity into the electric guitars, backbeat into the drums, and a high mountain yodel into everything that is great about our state's rock 'n' roll."--John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor
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