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The Decibel Diaries: A Journey Through Rock in 50 Concerts By Carter Alan,

  • Title: The Decibel Diaries: A Journey Through Rock in 50 Concerts
  • Author: Carter Alan
  • ISBN: 9781611687927
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes a rock concert is than just an event Every so often a band s performance becomes a musical milestone, a cultural watershed, a political statement, and a personal apotheosis On any given night a rock concert can tell the truth about who we are, where we are, and what s going on in music and life right now In The Decibel Diaries, Carter Alan, longtime DJ anSometimes a rock concert is than just an event Every so often a band s performance becomes a musical milestone, a cultural watershed, a political statement, and a personal apotheosis On any given night a rock concert can tell the truth about who we are, where we are, and what s going on in music and life right now In The Decibel Diaries, Carter Alan, longtime DJ and music director at WZLX in Boston, chronicles a lifetime in rock with a tour through fifty concerts that defined such moments from Crosby, Stills, Nash Young playing in the rain when Richard Nixon resigned to Talking Heads and the first stirrings of punk in the basement bars of New York and Boston to the bluegrass angel Alison Krauss and the adaptable veteran Robert Plant forging a plangent, plaintive postmodern synergy For each event Alan shows us what it was like to be there and telescopes out to reveal how this show fit into the arc of the artist s career, the artist s place in music, and the music s place in the wider world Taken together, The Decibel Diaries is a visceral and visionary portrait of nearly fifty years of rock n roll.
    The Decibel Diaries A Journey Through Rock in Concerts Sometimes a rock concert is than just an event Every so often a band s performance becomes a musical milestone a cultural watershed a political statement and a personal apotheosis On any given nigh

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    1. This is a great book for music fans Especially if you are of a certain age to remember some of the groups and artists he talks about It was like a tour through my musical history We get to hear the author s experience at the different shows as well as background information about the artist or group I found it best to read only a chapter or two at a time I bet it would be fun to read a chapter and then listen to some music of the concert he describes I may have to go back and try that

    2. Carter Alan is a DJ and the program director for the classic rock radio station WZLX in Boston Over his career he has been on the forefront of the music industry He was instrumental in getting U2 to the United States, when DJs had that kind of influence over programming This book is a collection of essays that chronicle 50 years worth of concerts Alan has attended These stories are both anecdotal and critical He has chosen to write about the top names in music, beginning in the 1970s Although he [...]

    3. Carter Alan assembles a list of fifty concerts out of the 3300 he s seen and provides context for both his own life and where the act was at the time It s an interesting undertaking, but much of it doesn t work for me for various reasons and would normally lead me to a two star review Understand that some of these are issues that I deal with as an English teacher and not as a music lover I understand that not all writing is formal writing and occasions exist where it s acceptable to begin a sent [...]

    4. This book was so cool, even my dad was interested in reading it.From hitchhiking in Florida, knocking into Joey Ramone in Boston, witnessing John Cougar s animal instinct first hand, or giving away free Paul McCartney tickets, Carter Alan has seen and done a fair share of incredible events in his lifetime.I intended on seeing his seminar at the Cohasset Public library, but opted to see my youngest brother s chorus perform Katy Perry and eat Chinese food after.

    5. As someone who attended rock concerts regularly through the time period covered here by Alan, I was as interested in his memories as in any insights to the music or culture he might provide His memories were interesting albeit rather cursory His insights Well, he s no Lester Bangs, but that s ok His trip down memory lane triggered many memories of my own, which made my journey through his book enjoyable Frank Hoppe KCSN.

    6. Given the so loose its almost not even there throughline of this biography and the occasional bits of repetition, it wouldve worked much better spaced out over time, as a series of blog posts for example But still some fascinating and envy inducing recollections of seeing incredible bands at important periods in their careers

    7. I read this book in chunks at a time, like a vicarious spectator at a huge music festival, composed of artists like Neil Young, B.B.King, Yes, Ramones, Eric Clapton, Talking Heads, Tom Petty, Black Crowes, Nirvana, Bush and many other well regarded musicians His observations about the performances were enlightening gems of experience.

    8. A very fun read through rock history A lot of my favorite bands aren t mentioned, but it s still a fun read through rock history and a great way to discover new songs with the suggest songs at the beginning of each chapter

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