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Sonic Boom!: The History of Northwest Rock, from Louie Louie to Smells Like Teen Spirit

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In this epic exploration of the Pacific Northwest's esteemed garage rock traditions, Peter Blecha, Seattle's rock 'n' roll archaeologist, skillfully weaves together the untold tales behind the rise of the region's early dance halls, recording studios, record labels, radio stations, and 1950s rockabilly, RandB, and doo-wop groups. The result is a compelling saga about an isolated region of America that, against all odds, managed to win global acclaim by stubbornly making music merely to satisfy its own provincial pop needs. Illuminating the creative continuum that arcs between the earliest rockin' pioneers and more recent demigods, Sonic Boom reveals how one backwater music scene could produce such disparate mega-talents as the Ventures, Jimi Hendrix, Heart, Robert Cray, Queensruyche, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Nirvana, and of course the legendary garage stompers, the Sonics. The culmination of over two decades of research, Sonic Boom benefits from the 500-plus exclusive interviews that Blecha conducted with trailblazing DJs, sound engineers, label founders, and the leading luminaries of Northwest rock, including such hitmakers as the Kingsmen, the Ventures, the Frantics, the Sonics, the Wailers, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Dave Lewis, Ron Holden, Merrilee Rush, Larry Coryell, Heart, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam.

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The compelling saga of how one backwater music scene could produce such disparate mega-talents as the Ventures, Jimi Hendrix, Heart, Robert Cray, Queensryche, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Nirvana, and the legendary garage stompers, the Sonics. Includes 500-plus exclusive interviews with trailblazing DJs, sound engineers, label founders, and the luminaries of Northwest rock.

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lukas, February 2, 2011 (view all comments by lukas)
Longtime Seattle rock historian Peter Blecha takes the reader on a high volume trip through five decades of Northwest rock. For those who think there wasn't much here before grunge, the spirited book offers up a host of anecdotes, colorful characters and bands both well-known (Kingsmen, Heart) and lesser known (the Sonics, the Wailers). He excels at the early stuff and is less solid on the 80s and 90s, which don't get much space. For some curious reason, he stops in the early 90s, which is when music was just getting interesting in Portland (Elliott Smith, Quasi, Spinanes). It does tend to be more Seattle-centric, which leaves the Portlander wanting maybe another chapter or two exploring our city's indie scene.
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ISBN:
9780879309466
Author:
Blecha, Peter
Publisher:
Backbeat Books
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Rock
Subject:
Rock music
Subject:
Northwest, pacific
Subject:
Rock music - Northwest, Pacific -
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Music-Rock History
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Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.02x5.98x.78 in. 1.14 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The compelling saga of how one backwater music scene could produce such disparate mega-talents as the Ventures, Jimi Hendrix, Heart, Robert Cray, Queensryche, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Nirvana, and the legendary garage stompers, the Sonics. Includes 500-plus exclusive interviews with trailblazing DJs, sound engineers, label founders, and the luminaries of Northwest rock.
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