Rock’n’Roll Unravelled

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The following clip provides a brief introductio to Rock’n’Roll Unravelled. It was recorded by the author, Derek Shelmerdine, in conversation with Richard Stead on BBC Radio Leeds on 5 June 2017.

Rock’n’Roll Unravelled
In a unique three-part layout, RocknRoll Unravelled tells the story of rock’n’roll from its roots up until mid-1970s punk. Not just the story of the music bit also the external events that influenced it, such as the Vietnam War and Civil Rights struggle.

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TO BUY Rock’n’Roll Unravelled

More and more UK bookshops are stocking it and it can be ordered in ANY UK bookshop. It is also available online in the UK and around the world. Options are available to buy in local currencies in America, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa. It’s probably available in other countries too, I just haven’t spotted the supplier yet!

EXTRACTS FROM Rock’n’Roll Unravelled

EXTRACTS taken directly from Rock’n’Roll Unravelled give a great flavour of how the the book builds up a vivid picture of rock’n’roll roll, from its roots to mid-1970s punk.
The extracts
Artists and Bands
The Beatles
Elvis Presley
The Beatles
Led Zeppelin
The Rolling Stones
Classic Releases
the stories behind the songs
History of Rock’n’Roll
American Rock’n’Roll Story
British Skiffle and Rock’n’Roll
World Events
Vietnam War

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT Rock’n’Roll Unravelled

“…Shelmerdine has made a painstaking effort to document pretty much every event that would prove significant in shaping popular music … [he] has produced a comprehensive guide … in this endlessly distracting and weighty labour of love.”
…..Jamie Atkins, Record Collector magazine
For the full Record Collector magazine review.

“You can trace the roads we’ve traveled
Here in Rock And Roll Unravelled!
Well researched and informative as hell!”
…..Dennis Locorriere (Dr Hook)

Other reviews can be seen at Rock’n’Roll Unravelled: reviews and comments

THE BOOK: WHAT Rock’n’Roll Unravelled IS ALL ABOUT

Rock’n’Roll Unravelled tells the story of rock’n’roll from its roots in gospel, blues, R&B, jazz, folk, rockabilly and country music, up until it turned full circle with punk rock in the mid-1970s. Punk emerged and took the music back to simple songs, played by non-virtuoso musicians in small, intimate venues.

As well as the stories of the artists and bands, Rock’n’Roll Unravelled looks at the external events that influenced the music, such as the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights struggle and the Cold War, and much, much more.

Rock’n’Roll emerged in the mid-1950s and continued to develop across the 1960s and ’70s. By the mid-1970s not all of rock’n’roll’s diversity was welcomed by the fans. Prog-rock bands were turning out albums with a single track taking up a whole side and delivering live guitar solos that went on for twenty minutes or more. Major corporations were taking over the industry and popular bands were playing in bigger and bigger venues. This all combined to herald rock’n’roll’s counter-revolution – punk rock.

The Sex Pistols were the poster boys for the genre and epitomised punk’s cynical and anarchic philosophy. Hence, their last concert is taken as my end-point for introducing new artists into Rock’n’Roll Unravelled. Events are listed after that date but only for people and bands that were active before the Pistols’ swan song on 14 January 1978.

Rock’n’Roll Unravelled‘s unique three-part structure results in the total being greater than the sum of its parts and brings the story of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s vividly to life.

  • Part 1: Timeline
  • Part 2: What Happened Today?
  • Part 3: Pocket Histories

Part 1: Timeline
Provides a chronological listing for all of the events described in Part 2, What Happened Today?
This gives a perspective and enables the observer to read between rock’n’roll’s lines.
Discover what else was happening around the time of a particular event, say, the release of the Beatles’ Love Me Do in the UK on 5 October 1962.
See careers wax and wane, as musical genres move from one to another.
The Timeline includes many singles, albums, covers and originals, providing a soundtrack to the era.

Part 2: What Happened Today?
Provides a day-by-day look at the lives and times of rock’n’roll.
What Happened Today? recounts gigs, record releases, recording sessions, band backgrounds, birthdays, deaths, festivals, movies, ‘lost’ albums, failed auditions, famous rock’n’roll events, such as Led Zeppelin’s notorious Mud Shark Incident (28 July 1969), and much, much more.

Part 3: Pocket Histories
Provides a comprehensive cross-referencing of the people, bands and events in What Happened Today? It also includes: band histories for individuals; backstories of how the major bands came together; lineups at particular gigs, additional information about where a musician came from or went to, when he/she joined or left a band, and much, much more.

The 700 pages of Rock’n’Roll Unravelled provide a fascinating look at how rock’n’roll developed from its roots in the early 20th century to mid-1970s punk. They also bring to life the background of the artists and bands that influenced the music that was to follow.

TO BUY Rock’n’Roll Unravelled:
More and more UK bookshops are stocking it and it can be ordered in ANY UK bookshop. It is also available online in the UK and around the world. Options are available to buy in local currencies in America, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa. It’s probably available in other countries too, I just haven’t spotted the supplier yet!