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Books about San Francisco music in the sixties

This page lists books about San Francisco music in the sixties. The page is split into two sections. The first section lists books that are solely about San Francisco music in the sixties. The second section lists wider ranging books that include a chapter or section about San Francisco music in the sixties.

Books that focus on an individual groups or performers are listed on separate pages - see the subject menu to the right.

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San Francisco music in the sixties

The Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco Sound, Ralph J. Gleason, 1968

A history of the San Francisco rock scene of the mid to late 1960's.

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Electric Tibet: The Rise and Fall of the San Francisco Rock Scene, James Doukas, 1969

A history of the San Francisco rock scene with discussion of albums and material taken from interview with musicians.

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Summer Of Love: A Photo-Documentary: Haight Ashbury At It's Highest, Gene Anthony, 1980

The book is in two sections. The first The Haight-Ashbury Scene examines various aspects of Haight-Ashbury. The second section Tribal Gatherings cover The Trips Festival, The Summer Solstice, Love Pageant Rally, and The Human Be-In.

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Cuts: From A San Francisco Rock Journal, Debora Hill, 1981

A collection of interviews with Bay Area musicians and music journalists.

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San Francisco Nights: The Psychedelic Music Trip 1965-1968, 1985

A wide ranging, detailed history that deals with the smaller groups and formative years as well as the 'major names'.

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San Francisco Rock: The Illustrated History of San Francisco Rock Music, Jack McDonough, 1985

This history of San Francisco music includes lots of photos and an encyclopedia of SF groups.

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Voices Green and Purple: A Comprehensive Guide Of California's Amazing Garage And Freakbeat Bands Of The Sixties, Beverly Patterson, 1987

A 67 page booklet with black and white photos and a small piece of text about each group.

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Haight-Ashbury Flashbacks, Stephen Gaskin, 1990

An autobiographical work about Gaskin's early experiences with telepathy and psychedlics in the Haight-Ashbury area .

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Don't You Want Somebody To Love: Reflections On The San Francisco Sound, Darby Slick, 1991

Autobiography by one-time member of Great Society. Includes lots about the early San Francisco music scene.

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The Summer Of Love, Joel Selvin, 1994

Based on hundreds of interviews with key figures The Summer Of Love documents the period from the formation of the Charlatans in the Summer of 1965 to the disintegration of the Bay Area scene and the closing of the Fillmore in Summer 1971.

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The Answer Is Always Yes, Paul Foster, 1995

Memories of the early Bay Area music scene from one of the Merry Pranksters.

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San Francisco: The Musical History Tour, Joel Selvin, 1996

A guide to over 200 sites that are linked in some way to rock, jazz or blues music and musicians.

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Beneath the Diamond Sky: Haight-Ashbury 1965-1970, Barney Hoskyns, 1997

The story of the development of the psychedelic music scene in the Bay Area between 1965 and 1970.

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Garage Bands from the 60's, Then and Now: The San Francisco East Bay Scene, Bruce Tahsler, 2006

A survey of many of the bands, promoters and venues of the East Bay garage band scene in the second half of the 1960's.

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If These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour through San Francisco Recording Studios, Heather R. Johnson, 2006

"Leading Bay Area artists, producers, engineers, and studio owners take readers on a guided tour through some of San Francisco’s top recording studios, venturing behind the scenes of popular music’s hottest albums. Readers will learn about the recording techniques, the magic, and the often unusual experiences that contributed to a wide range of recordings, including works by Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Santana, the Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock, Journey, Huey Lewis and the News, Chris Isaak, Faith No More, Green Day, and many more."

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The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde, David W. Bernstein (Ed), 2008

This book tells the story of the influential group of creative artists - Pauline Oliveros, Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, William Maginnis, and Tony Martin - who connected music to technology during a legendary era in California's cultural history.

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Counterculture Kaleidoscope: Musical and Cultural Perspectives on Late Sixties San Francisco, Nadya Zimmerman, 2008

Counterculture Kaleidoscope takes a close look at the cultural and musical practices of that era. Addressing the conventional wisdom that the movement was grounded in rebellion and opposition, the book exposes two myths: first, that the counterculture was an organized social and political movement of progressives with a shared agenda who opposed the mainstream (dubbed "hippies"); and second, that the counterculture was an innocent entity hijacked by commercialism and transformed over time into a vehicle of so-called "hip consumerism.".

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Psychedelic Music in San Francisco: Style, Context, and Evolution, Craig Morrison, 2008

This investigation into the psychedelic music of San Francisco outlines its musical and cultural context and identifies key characteristics. The origins, development, decline, and revival of this vibrant and innovative form of rock, which emerged in the mid-1960s, are traced through an original model of musical style evolution.

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San Francisco's Psychedelic Sixties: A Photographic Trip, Kelly Hart, 2012

"Experience a photographic journey back to the 1960's in the San Francisco Bay Area with images taken by Kelly Hart as he explores the streets, theaters, dances, protests, light shows, and the culture of those dramatic and influential times."

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Dancing with the Dead: A Photographic Memoir, Rosie McGee, 2012

A memoir with over 200 photographs.

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The Afterthought: West Coast Rock Posters and Recollections from the 60s, Jerry Kruz, 2014

The Afterthought brings back into focus the psychedelic sixties in all of their purple-haze glory, as seen through the eyes of legendary west coast music promoter and entrepreneur Jerry Kruz. Using the historical posters as a timeline, Kruzs recollections are a celebration of the resiliency of Woodstock-era arts and culture.

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San Francisco and the Long 60s, Sarah Hill, 2016

San Francisco and the Long 60s tells the fascinating story of the legacy of popular music in San Francisco between the years 1965-69. It is also a chronicle of the impact this brief cultural flowering has continued to have in the city - and more widely in American culture – right up to the present day.

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The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965–1975, Mat Callahan, 2017

"The Explosion of Deferred Dreams offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. Callahan’s meticulous, impassioned arguments both expose and reframe the political and social context for the San Francisco Sound and the vibrant subcultural uprisings with which it is associated."

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Books that include a section about San Francisco music in the sixties

Rock And Other Four Letter Words: Music Of The Electric Generation, J. Marks, 1968

An examination of rock music of the 1964 to 1968 period profusely illustrated with photograph including large, fold out plates.

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The Age Of Rock: Sounds Of The American Cultural Revolution, Editor: Jonathan Eisen, 1969

A collection of articles and essays taken from magazine such as Village Voice, Crawdaddy and Fusion. Includes an essay by Burton H. Wolfe The New Music And The New Scene which discusses the music of the Acid Tests and Haight Ashbury.

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Outlaw Blues: A Book of Rock Music, Paul Williams, 1969

A collection of articles that includes The Golden Road: A Report On San Francisco which discusses the work of the Grateful Dead and other Bay Area groups.

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Rock And Roll Will Stand, Greil Marcus (Ed), 1969

A collection of articles that were originally published in Rolling Stone, San Francisco Express-Times and The Mojo Navigator Rock & Roll News. Subjects of articles include the Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Cream, the Who and Country Joe and the Fish.

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Fillmore East & West: The Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Love, James A. Hudson, 1970

A 'high school' text covering the two venues and the groups who performed there in the 1960's.

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Goldstein's Greatest Hits: A Book Mostly About Rock'n'Roll, Richard Goldstein, 1970

This collection of articles and essay that includes San Francisco Bray a survey San Francisco music.

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The Age Of Rock 2: Sights And Sounds Of The American Cultural...., Jonathan Eisen (Ed), 1970

A collection of articles and essays taken from magazine such as Village Voice, Crawdaddy and Fusion. Includes an essay by Bobby Abrams Buckskin Comes To The Haight which surveys the San Francisco music scene.

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Altamont: Death of Innocence in the Woodstock Nation, Jonathan Eisen (Ed), 1970

A collection of photographs, interviews and articles about Altamont.

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Guitar Years: Pop Music from Country and Western to Hard Rock, Irwin Stambler, 1970

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Rock Beyond Woodstock: The Complete Rock Music Book, Michael Ross, 1970

Presents the major bands and performers of the period with a photo and short piece of text. Groups featured include the Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Country Joe & the Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Grateful Dead, Byrds, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Who, Kinks and Pink Floyd.

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Rock Folk, Michael Lydon, 1971

An important collection of rock journalism.

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The Rolling Stone Interviews, 1971

A collection of interviews from Rolling Stone magazine between 1967 and 1971. Interviewees are: Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, Mike Bloomfield, Frank Zappa, Peter Townshend, Booker T. and the MGs, Mick Jagger, Chuck Berry, John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, John Fogarty, Little Richard, David Crosby, and Grace Slick with Paul Kantner.

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It's Too Late To Stop Now: A Rock and Roll Journal, Jon Landau, 1972

A collection of writing about rock music.

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Playboy's Music Scene, 1972

A collection of music related articles that originally appeared in Playboy magazine. Includes articles by Ed McClanahan, Alan Coren, F. P. Tullius, David Standish, Saul Braun and John Bowers. Subjects of articles include; Mick Jagger, Frank Zappa, Arlo Guthrie, Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.

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Trips: Rock Life In The Sixties, Ellen Sander, 1973

A history of sixties music based on the authors experiences during the decade.

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Turn It Up! (I Can't Hear the Words: Singer/Songwriters Then & Now), Bob Sarlin, 1973

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The Rolling Stone Interviews Vol. 2, Ben Fong-Torres, 1973

A collection of interviews from Rolling Stone magazine. Interviewees include Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Ray Davies, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Leon Russell, Stephen Stills, Country Joe McDonald, Pete Townshend, Rod Stewart, Keith Richard, Johnny Otis, Joe Smith and Paul Simon.

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Any Old Way You Choose It: Rock And Other Pop Music, 1967-1973, Robert Christgau, 1973

A collection of articles and essays.

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The Rolling Stone Rock 'N' Roll Reader, Editor: Ben Fong Torres, 1974

A collection of around 150 examples of writing about rock music.

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Grandfather Rock: The New Poetry & the Old, David Morse, 1972

A book that pairs rock lyrics with their counterparts in classical poetry to show that poetry and rock are both based on the need to express human emotion.

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Electric Children: Roots And Branches Of Modern Folkrock, Jaques Vassal, 1976

A chronicle of folk revival and growth of folk rock from the 1940's to the 1970's. Includes a bibliography and discography.

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West Coast Story: The 60's Rock Revolution, Rob Burt & Patsy North, 1977

This large format, 100 page book includes chapters on San Francisco Music, he Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller, Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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Rock 100, David Dalton, Lenny Kaye, 1977

The 100 most influential groups or performers. Includes a chapter on Psychedelia that includes discussion of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, and Country Joe & The Fish.

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The Rolling Stone Interviews: Talking With The Legends Of Rock And Roll, 1960-1980

The Editors Of Rolling Stone

1981

St Martin's Press

A collection of interviews from the pages of Rolling Stone.

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Rock Odyssey: A Chronicle of the Sixties, Ian Whitcomb, 1983

This autobiographical work includes a section about the birth of psychedelic rock.

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The Haight-Ashbury: A History, Charles Perry, 1985

The late 60's music scene gets mentioned many times in this history of the area.

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San Francisco Nights: The Psychedelic Music Trip 1965-1968, 1985

A wide ranging, detailed history that deals with the smaller groups and formative years as well as the 'major names'.

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Turning On: Rock In The Late Sixties, Ashley Brown & Michael Heatley (Eds), 1985

The section headings in this book are: Section headings: Roots of the New Rock, England Keeps Swinging, The Spirit of '67, Goin' To California, Flowers In Their Hair, The Dream Goes Sour, and Chronicle Of an Era .

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Sixties Rock: A Listener's Guide, Robert Santelli, 1985

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20 Years Of Rolling Stone: What A Long Strange Trip It's Been, 1987

A collection of articles that originally appeared in Rolling Stone between 1967 and 1987.

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Rock Music in America, Janet Podell (Ed), 1987

Includes the piece by Ian Whitcomb 1966: The Sounds Of Silence about the birth of psychedelic rock.

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Rockin' in Time: A Social History of Rock-and-Roll, David P. Szatmary, 1987

An examination of the social history of rock music covering the links between music and social issues. Includes a section on San Francisco music in the 1960's.

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An American Rock History Vol. 1: California The Golden State 1963 - 1985, MacLean / Joynson, 1987

The first in a series of regional American rock histories. An A-Z of Californian rock groups and performers. Includes well known groups through to very minor groups who never recorded. Provides a brief biography and a list of recordings for each group where possible.

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The Aesthetics of Rock, Richard Meltzer, 1987?

"Meltzer subverts high and low culture in his search for meaning, emotion, and codes in popular music."

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The Flashback: The Ultimate Psychedelic Music Guide, 1988

A comprehensive and encyclopaedic guide to psychedelic rock and pop. Includes sections about US groups, Canadian groups, British groups and psychedelic music in the '80s.

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The Map: Rediscovering Rock and Roll: A Journey, Paul Williams, 1988

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Off The Record: An Oral History of Popular Music, Joe Smith, 1988

This collection of 'oral contributions' from over 200 people in rock - "The way it really was, in the words of the people who really made it happen."

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Rock Musical Styles: A History, Katherine Charlton, 1988

"Rock Music Styles blends musical commentary into an historical and social framework as it traces the development of rock music from its roots in country and blues to the most contemporary trends."

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Rock and Roll 1955-1970, Richard Carlin, 1988

Chronological survey or rock music and its social background.

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When The Music's Over: The Story Of Political Pop, Robin Deneslow, 1989

This book sets out to examine the history of post-war political pop .... includes the anti-communist witch-hunts of the 50s, the Civil Rights and Vietnam campaigns of the 60s, the Rock against Racism Movement of the 70s and the close connection between pop and politics in the Caribbean, Africa, Greece and Russia.

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Psychedelic Psounds, Alan Vorda, 1989

A collection of interviews with members of psychedelic and garage bands of the 1960's.

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Rock Lives, Timothy White, 1990

A collection of rock journalism.

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Rock and Roll: Its History and Stylistic Development, Joe Stuessy, Scott D. Lipscomb, 1990

This work includes a section on the San Francisco groups of the second half of the 1960's.

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The San Francisco Oracle (Facsimile Edition), 1990

Facsimile printing of the San Francisco Oracle which was published in the Haight-Ashbury from 1966 to 1968.

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Masters Of Rock #7: Psychedelic '60s, 1991

Issue 7 of a series of 80/90 page magazines. Many of the articles in this publication cover Bay Area groups.

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Don't You Want Somebody To Love: Reflections On The San Francisco Sound, Darby Slick, 1991

Autobiography by one-time member of Great Society. Includes lots about the early San Francisco music scene including a chapter called Jamming With Garcia.

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Monterey Pop, Joel Selvin, 1992

Shortish text, with lots of photographs, about the Monterey Pop Festival held in June 1967.

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The Space Between the Notes: Rock and the Counter-Culture, Sheila Whiteley, 1992

An examination of the relationship between hallucinogenic drugs and rock music of the 1960s. Includes discussion of Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and other late 1960s groups.

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The Art of Rock and Roll, Charles T. Brown, 1992

"A non-technical exploration of the history and theory of Rock and Roll - from its origins to the present."

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The Seventh Stream: The Emergence of Rock'n'roll in American Popular Music, Philip H. Ennis, 1992

“Philip Ennis presents a major social and cultural study of the origins and evolution of "rock'n'roll." With masterful command of general trends and telling details, he describes the artistic, economic, and political context that nurtured this radically new popular music."

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The Penguin Book of Rock and Roll Writing, Clinton Heylin, 1992

A collection of writing about rock music spanning nearly four decades. A wide range of the top music writers are present including Paul Williams, Lester Bangs, Jon Landau, Nick Cohn, Simon Frith, Greil Marcus and Nat Hentoff.

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Secrets From The Masters : Conversations With Forty Great Guitar Players, 1992

A collection of interviews taken from Guitar Player magazine.

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She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock 'N' Roll, Gillian G. Gaar, 1992

An encyclopedic narrative of the role of women in rock and pop over the last four decades.

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Fuzz, Acid and Flowers: A Guide to American Garage, Psychedelic and Hippie Rock (64-75), 1993

A comprehensive and encyclopaedic guide to psychedelic, hippie and garage rock in the second half of the sixties and first half of the seventies.

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Adolescents and Their Music: If It's Too Loud, You're Too Old, Jonathan S. Epstein (Editor), 1994

This collection of essays which examines issues concerning youth and their relationship to their music.

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Pioneers Of Rock & Roll: 100 Artists Who Changed The Face of Rock, Harry Sumrall, 1994

"This book covers each artist's career, tracks their hits, and explores how their musical legacies impacted the rock world."

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Prisoner of Woodstock, Dallas Taylor, 1994

Autobiography of the original Crosby, Stills and Nash drummer.

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Singer-Songwriters, Dave DiMartino, 1994

A collection of short entries on more than 200 singer-songwriters.

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Psychedelia: The Long Strange Trip, Martin Huxley, 1995

A book and CD covering psychedelic music.

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The Fillmore East : Recollections of Rock Theater, Richard Kostelanetz, 1995

A group by group review of many of the groups who played at the Fillmore East. Each group section comprises a brief 'memory' of a show by that group and a photograph.

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Rock & Roll: An Unruly History, Robert Palmer, 1995

This rock history book includes a chapter, Eight Miles High, on the impact of LSD, the Acid Tests and Ken Kesey.

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Kaleidoscope Eyes: Psychedelic Rock from the '60s to the '90s, Jim DeRogatis, 1996

A wide ranging survey of psychedelic pop and rock from the 60s to the 90s.

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Rock and Roll: A Social History, Paul Friedlander, 1996

A detailed history of rock music and it's impact on society.

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A Time to Rock: A Social History of Rock 'n' Roll, David P. Szatmary, 1996 “From the Cold War of the '50s to the Vietnam War, from the Civil Rights Movement to the "Me" decade, from Hippies to Reagan, A Time to Rock traces the evolution of rock, following of the music as related to the social trends that influenced its growth and those that rock created."

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Rhythm and Noise: An Aesthetics of Rock, Theodore Gracyk, 1996

Gracyk takes us through key recordings, lets us hear what rock musicians and their critics have to say, shows us how other kinds of music compare, and gives us the philosophical background to make more than passing sense of the medium.

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I Want to Take You Higher, Parke Puterbaugh, James Henke, 1997

Produced to coincide with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum exhibition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 'Summer Of Love'. Examines the 'coming of age' of rock & roll between 1965 and 1969. Includes over 200 photos.

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Voices in the Purple Haze: Underground Radio and the Sixties, Michael C. Keith, 1997

A history of underground and FM radio in the 1960's.

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The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock, 1997

A collection of over 50 essays by female writers about the role of women in rock music. Covers music from the roots of rock through to the 1990's.

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Night Beat: A Shadow History of Rock and Roll, Mikal Gilmore, 1998

A collection of rock criticism.

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Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists....., Robert Christgau, 1998

A collection of rock journalism.

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Music and Social Movements: Mobilizing Traditions in the Twentieth Century, Ron Eyerman, Andrew Jamison, 1998

"This highly readable book is among the first to link social movement and cultural theory. Building on previous studies, the authors examine the mobilization of cultural traditions and the formation of new collective identities through the music of activism."

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California Soul: Music of African Americans in the West, Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Eddie S. Meadows (Eds.), 1998

Focusing on blues, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, and soul music, California Soul is one of the first books to explore the rich musical heritage of African Americans in California.

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A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America, Craig Werner, 1998

"A Change Is Gonna Come is the story of more than four decades of enormously influential black music, from the hopeful, angry refrains of the Freedom movement, to the slick pop of Motown; from the disco inferno to the Million Man March; from Woodstock's Summer of Love to the war in Vietnam and the race riots that inspired Marvin Gaye to write"What's Going On."

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Teenage Nervous Breakdown: Music and Politics in the Post-Elvis Age, David Walley, 1998

A study of American commercial music, cultural history and politics in the second half of the 20th century. Includes some discussion of the San Francisco in the sixties.

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The Great Psychedelic Discography, Martin C. Strong, 1998

A reference book listing releases by the major, and some of the lesser know, 'psychedelic' groups.

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Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass to 20 Years of Rock & Roll, Ben Fong-Torres, 1999

A collection of profiles and interviews written by Ben Fong-Torres from the late 60s though to the 80s. The subjects include; Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Ray Charles, Rolling Stones, Santana, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson Five, Ike and Tina Turner, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt and Hunter S Thompson.

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The Da Capo Book of Rock and Roll Writing, Editor: Clinton Heylin, 1999

A collection of writing about rock music spanning nearly four decades. A wide range of the top music writers are present including Paul Williams, Lester Bangs, Jon Landau, Nick Cohn, Simon Frith, Greil Marcus and Nat Hentoff.

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Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions, Michael Hicks, 1999

An 'academic' discussion of aspects of garage rock and psychedelic music in the sixties.

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A Fiction of the Past: The Sixties in American History, Dominick J. Cavallo, 1999

A study of 'radical ideas' of the 1960's. Part 2 of this book The Sixties In American History I: The CounterCulture and Rock And Roll includes lots of discussion of San Francisco music.

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Flowers In The Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977, James Miller, 1999

A chronicle of the birth and growth of Rock and Roll. The final chapter Break On Through includes two sections The Acid Test and Monterey Pop which include references to Bay Area groups.

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The Rockin' '60s: The People Who Made the Music, Brock Helander, 1999

A reference guide to groups and performers of the 1960's. Includes biographical information, discography and photos for each entry.

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20th Century Rock and Roll: Psychedelia, Belmo, 1999

A guide to psychedelic music of the sixties which covers 50 of the most influential artists of period.

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Dancing In The Streets: A Rock and Roll History, Robert Palmer, 1997

This book which accompanied the television series Dancing In The Streets, includes a chapter about sixties psychedelic music.

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Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s, Nick Bromell, 2000

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Rhino's Psychedelic Trip, Alan Bisbort, Parke Puterbaugh, Howard Kaylan, 2000

A history of the psychedelic music of the sixties.

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Rock Troubadours: Conversations on the Art and Craft of Songwriting, 2000

Songwriters and musicians talking about songwriting.

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Battle Notes: Music of the Vietnam War, Lee Andresen, 2000

This book includes a chapter on the music of the war era.

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Songs of the Vietnam Conflict, James Perone, 2001

An exploration of the relationship between music and the Vietnam war. Uses as examples both anti- and pro-war songs and well known and little known songs.

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Stammbaume und Diskographien / Family Trees and Discographies, Vol 5. Manfred Schwanbeck, Peter Krause, 2001

A history of Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Moby Grape.

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The Decades of Rock and Roll, The Editors of Rolling Stone, 2001

A collection of essays and articles from Rolling Stone presented by decade. Also includes newly written retrospective article covering each decade. The sixties section includes The San Francisco Sound by Michael Goldberg which was originally published in Rolling Stone 585 in August 1990.

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Turn! Turn! Turn!: The '60s Folk-Rock Revolution, Richie Unterberger, 2002

A detailed and comprehensive history of the early years of the folk-rock 'revolution' during the early and middle years of the 1960's.

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The Crawdaddy! Book: Writings (And Images) from the Magazine of Rock, Paul Williams, 2002

A collection of pieces from the first nineteen editions of Crawdaddy! magazine.

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Exploding: The Highs, Hits, Hype, Heroes, and Hustlers of the Warner ..., Stan Cornyn, 2002

A history of the Warner Brothers music division from the 1950s to the 1990s.

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Playing from the Heart: Great Musicians Talk About Their Craft, Robert L. Doerschuk, 2002

A collection of interviews taken from the pages of four magazines; Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard and Drums & Drumming.

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Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970, Ronald D. Cohen, 2002

"For a brief period from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, folk music captured a mass audience in the United States, as college students and others swarmed to concerts by the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan. In this comprehensive study, Ronald D. Cohen reconstructs the history of this singular cultural moment, tracing its origins to the early decades of the twentieth century."

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Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock, Richie Unterberger, 2003

A continuation of the detailed and comprehensive history of folk-rock. Eight Miles High covers the period 1966 to the end of the decade. The book is based on many interviews with major performers of the period.

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Turn On Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Rock, Jim DeRogatis, 2003

A wide ranging survey of psychedelic pop and rock from the 60s to the 00s. Includes a section about the West Coast groups of the 1960s.

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Flashbacks: Eyewitness Accounts of the Rock Revolution, 1964-1974, Michael Lydon, 2003

A collection of rock journalism.

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The Sound And The Fury: A Rock's Backpages Reader, Editor: Barney Hoskins, 2003

A collection of rock journalism.

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Lovers, Buggers & Thieves: Garage Rock, Monster Rock, Psychedelic Rock, ...., 2004

A book that promises to provide a 'fresh perspective' on groups and performers.

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Music of the Counterculture Era, James E. Perone, 2004

"With vibrant narrative chapters on the role of music in the anti-war movement, the Black power movement, the women's movement, political radicalism, drug use, and the counterculture lifestyle, James Perone details the emerging issues explored by performers in the Sixties and Seventies. A chapter of biographical sketches provides an easily accessible resource on significant performers, recordings, and terminology. Also included are chapter bibliographies, a timeline, and a subject index."

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Politics: Observations & Arguments, 1966-2004, Hendrik Hertzberg, 2004

This book includes a section called The San Francisco Sound: New Music New Subculture.

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Magic of the Sixties, Gene Anthony, 2004

A collection of photographs of the Bay Area in the 1960's. Includes photos and references to the Grateful Dead. The cover photo is of the Grateful Dead on the front steps of 710 Ashbury Street.

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San Francisco: The Unknown City, Helene Goupil, Josh Krist, 2005

This book includes a section called Sounds Of The Bay which discusses the music venues and musicians homes in the Bay Area in the sixties.

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The Rock History Reader, Theo Cateforis (Ed), 2006

"These days "rock music" courses are ubiquitous at most universities and colleges, but until recently instructors seeking an anthology of readings on the History of Rock have looked in vain. The Rock History Reader aims to fill that gap. Through a variety of primary source materials, the Rock History Reader introduces students to the conflicts, critical tensions and inspired creativity that have defined rock music as a social practice throughout its five decade history."

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White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960's, Joe Boyd, 2006

"More than any previous sixties music autobiography, Joe Boyd's White Bicycles offers the real story of what it was like to be there at the time. As well as the sixties heavy-hitters, this book also offers wonderfully vivid portraits of a whole host of other musicians."

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The Year the Music Died, 1964-1972: A Commentary on the Best Era of Pop Music …., Dwight Rounds, 2007

"The Year the Music Died is packed with information, stories, trivia, and photos relating to the "golden era" of pop music between 1964 and 1972."

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This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture, Iain Anderson, 2007

“By examining the production, presentation, and reception of experimental music by Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane, and others, Iain Anderson traces the strange, unexpected, and at times deeply ironic intersections between free jazz, avant-garde artistic movements, Sixties politics, and patronage networks."

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What's That Sound?: An Introduction to Rock and Its History, John Covach, 2006

This book includes a section about the Bay Area groups of the sixties.

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Bomp: Saving the World One Record at a Time, Suzy Shaw & Mick Farren, 2007

This retrospective is composed of rare gems from Bomp magazine.

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CREEM: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine, Robert Matheu & Brian J. Bowe, 2007

"Now the Mouth of the Motor City presents a retrospective of the beautiful haze that was rock's golden age—from the end of the hippie days through glam and punk and into '80s metal. Featuring the best of the magazine's vast archives of photos, illustrations, and articles, CREEM is the authentic rock 'n' roll experience—written for fanatics by fanatics."

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The Sixties: Photographs by Robert Altman, Robert Altman and Ben Fong-Torres, 2007

"An affectionate tribute that juxtaposes cooled-out hippies in Haight-Ashbury against history-making shots of huge rock concerts and peace marches, the book portrays the youth revolution in full swing and showcases the writers, musicians, movie stars, organizers, and political leaders that made it happen."

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You Can't Always Get What You Want, Sam Cutler, 2008

This is his own account of the high ol' times he had managing tours for San Francisco band the Grateful Dead - who went on to become the world's most successful live act. Along the way Sam draws intimate portraits of other stars of the psychedelic circus that was the music industry in the sixties and seventies.

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There's A Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of the '60s, Peter Doggett, 2008

"Between 1965 and 1972, students and other political activists around the globe prepared to mount a revolution. While the Vietnam War raged, calls for black power grew louder and liberation movements erupted everywhere from Berkeley, Detroit, and Newark, to Paris, Berlin, Ghana, and Peking. Rock and soul music fueled this revolutionary movement with anthems and iconic imagery."

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Backstage Pass: The Fillmore: Rock's Greatest Venue, Blair Jackson & others (Editor), 2011

"This is the first-ever, in-depth book - replete with historic art and photos - about the iconic original Fillmore Auditoriums in San Francisco and New York City, as well as their successors."

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The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music, Jonathan C. Friedman, 2013

A collection of 28 essays that provide an introduction to the history of social protest music.

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Live at the Fillmore East and West, John Glatt, 2014

"Tells the story of the Fillmores through the lives of Bill Graham, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, and an all-star supporting cast."

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Jingle Jangle Morning: Folk-Rock in the 1960s, Richie Unterberger, 2015

A history of folk-rock in the 1960's.

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Psychedelia: 101 Iconic Underground Rock Albums 1966–1970, Richard Morton Jack, 2017

Includes entries for albums by a number of Bay Area groups.

"Psychedelia examines 101 of the era’s most groundbreaking records. Contemporary reviews, rare photographs, new interviews, and a plethora of iconic images and reproductions of cover artwork make this a treasure no music fan should be without."

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Last updated February 2020