Roots, Radicals and Rockers : How Skiffle Changed the World, Hardback Book

Roots, Radicals and Rockers : How Skiffle Changed the World Hardback

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Emerging from the jazz clubs of the early '50s, skiffle - a uniquely British take on American folk and blues - caused a sensation among a generation of kids who had grown up during the dreary post-war years.

These were Britain's first teenagers, looking for a music of their own in a culture dominated by crooners and mediated by a stuffy BBC.

Sales of guitars rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year, and - as with the punk rock that would flourish two decades later - all you needed to know were three chords to form your own group, with your mates accompanying on tea-chest bass and washboard. Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive working-class youth, Billy Bragg charts - for the first time in depth - the history, impact and legacy of Britain's original pop movement.

It's a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts, who between them sparked a revolution that shaped pop culture as we have come to know it.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9780571327744

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