History, jokebook, buying guide, book of lists, and treatise all rolled into one, The Accidental Evolution of Rock'n'Roll is most of all a joyride through the wildest music ever made. Whether discussing Def Leppard or Nirvana, Vanilla Ice or Public Enemy, Donna Summer or Bob Dylan, Chuck Eddy is an unparalleled master at deciphering unknown tongues and disentangling musical accidents. In this lavishly and hilariously illustrated book, he reveals the roots of rap, disco, power ballads, bubblegum, suburban country, and noise-rock why selling out is good and honesty is never what it seems the similarities between disco and garage rock and between reggae and heavy metal whether songs can ever really "mean" anything what math rock has in common with amputation rock and orgasm rock and much, much more. By eventually encompassing the whole wacky world of popular music, this book is destined to change it forever.
Chuck Eddy has been called the "heir apparent to the great'70s rock writers Lester Bangs, Greil Marcus, and Robert Christgau." Author of Stairway to Hell, he has also written thousands of popular music reviews, interviews, columns, and essays for dozens of books and magazines. He lives in Philadelphia.
* Chapters Include: * In the Beginning * Working-Woman Rock from Sigmund Freud to Simon Frith * Freud Rock * Unforgettable Memory Rock Moments * Repetition Repetition Repetition Repetition Repetition * The Power Ballad Revolution * The Great Sellout Debate * The Big Sellouts * Blues Death * The Bubblegum/Disco Connection * Everything Rock Vs. Collage Rock Sophisticated Boom Boom * Orgasmusic * Despite All the Amputations * Fucking Sound Effects Records * Rocket Rock * Jet Boys in Outer Space * A Brief History of Dub Metal