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Monday, April 11, 2011

Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll 1947-1977

BOOK REVIEW
Flowers in the Dustbin:
The Rise of Rock and Roll 1947-1977
by James Miller
p.  1999
Simon and Schuster


   If you can imagine a history of rock and roll that stops before the mp3 and doesn't mention any independent record labels after Motown written by the former 'music critic for Newsweek'(!) and possessor of a phD in the 'history of ideas' (!!) for a popular, rather then academic audience, then you already know what Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll 1947-1977,  a pretentious, fame and sales centered recollection of the key points in the history of the Rock Industrial complex written by a child of the sixties for children of the sixties.

   To be totally fair to the author, Flowers in the Dustbin has it's moments, particularly before the Beatles and Hippies show up in the mid 1960s.  Flowers certainly solidified my opinion that nothing particularly interesting happened in rock and roll between the Beatles and punk rock/no wave.  Miller limits his discussion of punk and post-punk to the Sex Pistols and a sentence about Elvis Costello, but since the book only covers till 1977 he can be forgiven.

  Considering this book was published in 1999, the year Napster went online, it's accurate to observe that Flowers in the Dustbin was obsolete before it hit the shelves- through no fault of the Author.  How could he anticipate what was to come?  Anyway, it's no wonder that this book can be bought for cheap.

















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