The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years

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9780061794681: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years

One of music journalism’s most celebrated writers takes you behind the scenes of the hallowed temple of rock and roll in this in-depth retrospective of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Holly George-Warren, author of Punk 365, Grateful Dead 365, and co-author of The Road to Woodstock, offers a penetrating look at every musician, writer, producer, and performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during its first twenty-five years. George-Warren recounts in detail their careers, influences, greatest hits, and tons of behind-the-scenes lore, along with hundreds of transcriptions of acceptance and induction speeches from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s vast archives that have never been published anywhere ever before. An unforgettable story accompanied by dozens of dazzling photographs, this unique compendium of rock’s greatest achievers is a crucial treasure for music lovers everywhere.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the most famous rock and roll institution in the world. In 2009, the Hall of Fame celebrated its twenty-fifth year with numerous events in Cleveland and a two-day anniversary filmed concert on October 29 and 30, 2009 at Madison Square Garden. A four-hour edited version appeared on HBO.

An illustrated, vibrant book commemorating the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s twenty-fifth anniversary through colorful profiles of its inductees over the years, this volume includes a wealth of historical photography, archival memorabilia, and the low-down on the musicians and their contributions to the genre. It is published with the full support of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, allowing full access to their archives. Jann Wenner, co-founder and publishier of Rolling Stone magazine, has contributed the foreword. It is an essential volume that completes every rock lover's bookshelf.

Every inductee in the Hall of Fame is included--from musicians to producers--in an engaging visual format that features great vintage and contemporary photography, memorabilia from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first-person quotes and anecdotes, encapsulated biographies, statistics on top-selling records, hits, awards, influences and influencers. Often hilarious, sometimes sentimental and sometimes very serious, the book answers questions like: What did Sheryl Crow say when she inducted Fleetwood Mac? What did the Edge say when he inducted the Clash? What did Bono say when he inducted Bruce Springsteen in 1999--and six years later, what did Springsteen say about U2? It is a seminal book for rock and roll fans around the world.

About the Author:

Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer and editor who has contributed to more than forty books about rock & roll. She is the author of Punk 365, Grateful Dead 365, and Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry, among other books. She cowrote The Road to Woodstock and is coeditor of The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey, and Farm Aid: A Song for America. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, and the Village Voice.

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