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"Rock Concert” goes behind the scenes with the people who made the biggest shows happen.

—The Washington Post

 

If your partner loves rock, gift them this book. Or, read it yourself and then impress them with your in-depth knowledge of the history of rock concerts.

—The Zoe Report

 

“Providing excellent context, [Myers has] assembled a narrative whose themes include politics, geography, economics, class, and race, as well as the music itself. ...The oral-history approach can be a kick when the voices are engaging, as they frequently are in Rock Concert.”

—Air Mail

Rock Concert

“Engrossing… [Myers] vividly recreates what went on behind the scenes, onstage, and in the crowds with intimate accounts from the people who were there… Eminently entertaining.”

—Publishers Weekly

“A multifaceted account of the rise of the rock show from the birth of the genre until Live Aid in 1985…A revealing, absorbing book for those who keep their old ticket stubs close at hand.”

—Kirkus Reviews

FROM THE BOOK

Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead

“The hardest thing about the way we toured was getting up in the morning. We were on the road a lot and our ‘celebrations’ probably made touring more difficult than it had to be. But that was the name of the game for us.”

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Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band

“I always referred to my roadies as scurvy pirates. They set everything up, they tore it down, they lived in buses, and they drove all summer long to different venues. I love these guys. I can’t rock and roll without my crew.”

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Joan Baez, folk singer and political activist

“I remember moving all over the place on the Lincoln Memorial as the event unfolded. At one point, I was up high on the steps. I remember seeing Dr. King and a bank of reporters. I had never seen so many, which reinforced what a significant day it was.”

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Don Law, New England concert promoter

“People have long assumed that a rock concert business existed from the very start. There was no such thing. The first half of the 1960s was the dark ages. The turning point came in the second half.”

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Books by Marc Myers

About Marc Myers

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arc Myers is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal where he writes about music and the arts. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books Rock Concert, Anatomy of a Song, and Why Jazz Happened. He posts daily at JazzWax.com, a three-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association’s award for Jazz Blog of the Year.

Rock Concert/Reviews

 

" 'Rock Concert' goes behind the scenes with the people who made the biggest shows happen."

—The Washington Post

 

"If your partner loves rock music, gift them this book. Or, read it yourself and then impress them with your in-depth knowledge of the history of rock concerts."

—The Zoe Report

“Providing excellent context, [Myers has] assembled a narrative whose themes include politics, geography, economics, class, and race, as well as the music itself. And while he necessarily covers familiar territory—the Elvis phenomenon, Dylan plugging in, Woodstock, Altamont—he comes at those watershed episodes from fresh angles, as we hear throughout from promoters, fashion designers, roadies, photographers, and so on...The oral-history approach can be a kick when the voices are engaging, as they frequently are in Rock Concert.”

—Air Mail

 

“Rock Concert is one of the best books on music to come out recently, and its pure first-person, direct quote narrative is the ideal format to tell the story.”

—Bob Ruggerio, Houston Press

 

"Marc Myers has marshaled an army to tell the free-wheeling story of the growth of this entertainment staple. His book is a well-ordered oral history weaving through decades of fascinating facts and anecdotes… Myers is a music journalist who digs deep and tells a tale clearly."

— Sal Cataldi, NYSMusic.com

 

"Rock Concert chronicles a remarkable 35-year run of rock concerts... This revealing, nicely crafted account of rock performers from Bill Haley and His Comets to Pink Floyd will appeal greatly to nostalgic rock fans."

—Joseph Barbato, New York Journal of Books

 

“Myers does a great job of examining all the aspects that helped concerts develop. Even if concerts aren’t what they used to be on a societal level, they aren’t going away anytime soon. And thank goodness for that.”

—Gary Schwind, Glide Magazine

 

"The voices and memorable concerts that comprise the oral biography provide an illuminating retrospective of cultural happenings that meant so much to so many."

—Thomas Dimopoulos, Saratoga Today

 

"Entertaining. . . Myers’ book is not a simple hagiography of rock concerts; it’s a story of the development of the rock concert itself, from the 1950s to the 1980s. . . . Reading Myers’ anatomy of a rock concert (his earlier book is Anatomy of a Song) is bound to carry readers back to their memories of their favorite concerts and to encourage them to consider why those memories are so enduring."

—Henry Carrigan, No Depression

 

“Engrossing…starting with the emergence of R&B in the late 1940s and ending with 1985’s Live Aid benefit, [Myers] vividly recreates what went on behind the scenes, onstage, and in the crowds with intimate accounts from the people who were there… Eminently entertaining, this is sure to delight rock fans of all persuasions.”

Publishers Weekly

"Your inner rebellious-teen will thank you for reading this book, and your real-life teenage music fan will like it, too. For both of you, 'Rock Concert' will light up your eyes."

—Daily Jefferson County Union (Wisc.)

 

"Music fans of any age and genre will find a lot of insightful information here. Whether it makes you long for rock ’n’ roll’s good old days—including Woodstock’s now historic mudslide—will depend on your own experiences and the memories Myers’ text arouses."

—Shepherd Express

 

“Highly informative... From club gigs in the early 1950s to the Beatles in the early-mid 1960s; from Woodstock in 1969 to Live Aid in 1985; from branding to amplification and lighting; from media coverage to ticketing, Myers and many industry commentators expertly tick them off, one by one.”

—Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times

 

“There’s plenty of fascinating information to glean from this oral-history examination of the evolution of the rock concert business, from the Wild West ‘50s to the corporatized ‘80s”

—Music Connection

 

“Insider info about how rock concerts evolved [and] how a particular series of events led to the arena shows we know and love today”

—Consequence

 

“A multifaceted account of the rise of the rock show from the birth of the genre until Live Aid in 1985…A revealing, absorbing book for those who keep their old ticket stubs close at hand.”

Kirkus Reviews