THE THREE-PART STRUCTURE OF ROCK’N’ROLL UNRAVELLED
The unique three-part structure of Derek Shelmerdine‘s Rock’n’Roll Unravelled paints a vivid picture of rock’n’roll, from its roots to mid-1970s punk. This page provides extracts taken directly from the pages of Rock’n’Roll Unravelled.
The Three Sections
Part 1: Timeline
The Timeline takes all of the entries in Part 2 What Happened Today? and puts them into chronological order. This provides context and also answers the question “I wonder what else was happening when…?”
As an example of this, we can see that when the Beatles released Love Me Do in the UK on 5 October 1962: Keith Moon’s band, Mark Twain and the Strangers, had just failed an audition for BBC Radio; Little Richard was in the UK on his rock’n’roll comeback tour; the Everly Brothers were about to embark on a 1-brother tour of the UK; the Rolling Stones were making their first-ever recordings (Bill Wyman joined slightly later); and the world stood on the brink of World War III…
Sep 5 Mark Twain and the Strangers with Keith Moon auditioned for BBC Radio – they failed
Sep 11 Beatles 3rd Love Me Do recording session – Andy White drums and Ringo tambourine
Oct 5 Beatles released their British debut single, Love Me Do c/w PS I Love You (UK-1)
Oct 12 Little Richard’s UK rock’n’roll comeback tour – supported by the Beatles
Oct 13 single brother UK Everly Brothers tour
Oct 17 COLD WAR: the Cuban Missile Crisis started to unfold…
…the world stood on the brink of World War III
Oct 27 Rolling Stones’ 1st recording session – demo recording at Curly Clayton’s studio
Oct 30 Beatles’ 4th Hamburg trip – same bill as Little Richard – met Billy Preston
Oct 31 Joni Mitchell’s 1st paid gig
Nov 26 Beatles recorded Please Please Me – 1st ‘true’ Beatles recording session
Dec 7 Bill Wyman auditioned as bass player for the Rolling Stones
Dec 14 Bob Dylan released 1st single, Mixed-Up Confusion (US) – withdrawn shortly afterwards
Part 2: What Happened Today?
These EXTRACTS are all taken from Rock’n’Roll Unravelled.
All of the items on this page are being constantly updated, with additional extracts from Rock’n’Roll Unravelled and new categories being added all the time!
This is just a taster of items taken from the book. Rock’n’Roll Unravelled has a much more comprehensive coverage of all of these topics
SONGS – COVERS & ORIGINALS
Stories Behind the Songs
Part 3: Pocket Histories
Pocket Histories takes all of the entries in Part 2 What Happened Today? and consolidates them to provide histories for all of the bands, artists and events.
As an example, Pink Floyd
The road to Pink Floyd, how they all came together
Birthdays for the band
All of the items for Pink Floyd