Roots, Radicals and Rockers

Roots, Radicals and Rockers

How Skiffle Changed the World

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Skiffle — a “do-it-yourself” music craze with American jazz, blues, folk, and roots influences — is a story of jazz pilgrims and coffee-bar bohemians, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls. Skiffle is reason the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s. Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, skiffle was home grown: all you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section. This meticulously researched account shows how Skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it.
Publisher: London :, Faber & Faber,, 2017.
ISBN: 9780571327744
Characteristics: xv, 431 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary: Skiffle — a “do-it-yourself” music craze with American jazz, blues, folk, and roots influences — is a story of jazz pilgrims and coffee-bar bohemians, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls. Skiffle is reason the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s. Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, skiffle was home grown: all you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section. This meticulously researched account shows how Skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it.

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Sep 19, 2017

This might be the best music related book I've read this year. Bragg does a good job of connecting American music's relationship with teen culture in England.

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