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The Sound of the City — The Rise of Rock and Roll by Charlie Gillett 375 pp. (Outerbridge & Dienstfrey, New York — distributed by E.P. Dutton)

Greg Shaw, Who Put The Bomp!, October 1970

WITH THIS book, the study of rock & roll reaches a level of sophistication matching that of blues and jazz research. The day is gone when R&R was considered "garbage" by most people, but aside from isolated collectors nobody has paid much attention to the details of its history. The Sound of the City goes beyond the work of the discographers by examining the total pattern of pop music in the past 25 years and fitting each artist into the proper perspective within that framework.

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