The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll

Christopher Knowles

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Synopsis: Sex. Drugs. Loud music. Wild costumes. Dazzling light shows. These words can all describe a great rock concert or a hot dance club, but they were also part and parcel of the ancient cultural phenomenon known as the “Mystery religions.” In this book, author Christopher Knowles shows how the long-dead Mystery religions got a secular reincarnation when a new musical form called rock 'n' roll burst onto the scene. Knowles shows how the Mysteries prefigured subcultures as diverse as Santeria, Freemasonry and Mardi Gras, and explains exactly how ancient rituals and music found their way to the New World. In the process, The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll traces the development of rock's most popular genres such as punk and metal, and reveals how many of rock's most iconic artists fill the same archetypal roles as the ancient gods. You'll see how many of the rituals, customs and musical styles of our postmodern society have stunning ancient parallels. You'll meet history's first pop divas, headbangers and guitar heroes and read the untold story of the Puritan Woodstock. Get ready for a wild ride that will take you from the Stone Age to the Space Age.

From the Back Cover: Sex. Drugs. Loud music. Wild costumes. Dazzling light shows.

These words can all describe a great rock concert or a hot dance club, but they were also part and parcel of the ancient cultural phenomenon known as the "Mystery religions," whose rites often made Lollapalooza look like a church picnic.

The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll
picks up where other rock histories leave off. It tells the story of the Mysteries -- their rise, their fall, and their eventual rebirth in the New World, where rhythms and melodies from the West African and the Celtic diasporas collided and changed the sound of popular music forever. You'll meet history's first pop divas, headbangers and guitar heroes, and learn the true story of the Puritan Woodstock.

The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll
also traces the development of rock's most popular genres such as punk and heavy metal, and explains exactly why stars like Jim Morrison were called "modern Dionysians." You'll learn why rock legends like The Rolling Stones, Beatles, and Led Zeppelin mixed gurus and gods with guitars and groupies. And you'll see how Deadheads, PhishHeads and many of rock's other great cults are simply following in their ancient ancestors' footsteps.

Get ready for a wild ride that will take you from the Stone Age to the Space Age.

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Publication Date: 2010
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