Author(s): Nik Cohn
Nik Cohn began to write this book in the late 1960s with a simple purpose: to catch the feel, the pulse of Rock. Nobody had written a serious book on the subject before, and there were no reference books or research to refer to. The result is an unruly, thrilling and definitive history of an era, from Bill Haley to Jimi Hendrix, full of guts, flash, energy and speed. In vividly describing the music and cutting through the hype, Nik Cohn engendered and perfected a new form: rock criticism.
'The definitive history of rock 'n' roll' Rolling Stone
"The book to read if you want to get some idea of the original primal energy of pop music. Loads of unfounded, biased assertions that almost always turn out to be right. Absolutely essential." -- Jarvis Cocker Guardian "Cohn was the first writer authentically to capture the raucous vitality of pop music" Sunday Telegraph "The defining text of what its subtitle calls "the Golden Age of Rock." Spun out in a series of perfectly turned, pocket-size biographies -- Elvis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, the Beatles, the Stones, Dylan, the Who -- it is the closest thing there is to a rock version of Vasari's "Lives of the Artists." It is a book full of attitude, shrewd (and sometimes cruel) judgments, youthful cynicism and aching love" New York Times "The first best book on rock 'n' roll and still the best first book to read." -- Greil Marcus "Of course I'm a Nik Cohn fan. His name is actually kind of a password. If somebody says they know about Nik Cohn, you know that person is literate -- and cool" -- Jay McInerney
Nik Cohn was brought up in Derry, Northern Ireland. His books include I Am Still the Greatest Says Johnny Angelo, Ball the Wall, The Heart of the World, Need and Triksta: Life and Death and New Orleans Rap. He also wrote the story that gave rise to Saturday Night Fever and collaborated on Rock Dreams and Twentieth Century Dreams with the artist Guy Peellaert. He lives in New York.