"British Invasion '64" - Book Review

Synopsis: The first weeks of the year 1964 were cold, gray, and somber, as America was reeling from the tragic death of its vibrant young President. But then something began piercing through the desolate haze: a sound, both new, yet also echoing the thrilling, unbridled energy of early Rock and Roll -- it was an energy that had been almost utterly tamed in recent years.
Up to this time, British bands had been wholly unsuccessful at gaining a lasting foothold in American Rock and Roll. But suddenly, all of that changed forever as four young men led an army across the ocean, and from that moment on, nothing would ever be the same again.
The British Invasion was more than just The Beatles -- it was The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Peter and Gordon, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Dusty Springfield, The Zombies, The Kinks, and so many others. And 1964 was more than just a year -- it was the gateway to vast changes in music and culture. And the British Invasion was the soundtrack to it all!
Critique: Informative, insightful, nostalgic, "British Invasion '64: The Year That Changed Rock & Roll Forever" the English bands and their take on the Baby Boomer phenomena of Rock 'n Roll, was seminal, ground-breaking, and a major influence on American popular culture. Featuring a section of black/white historical photo images, A 1964 U.S. Discography, and an Index, "British Invasion '64" will prove a welcome and informative pick for personal, professional, community, college, and university library 20th Century American Music History and Popular Culture collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, American music historians, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "British Invasion '64" is also available in a paperback edition (9798887712185, $25.00).
Library Bookwatch: August 2023
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
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