Music: Getting It Straight

Remember back in 1958 when Danny and the Juniors sang with the fervor of true disciples, "Rock and roll will always be/It'll go down in history?" Well, a new book called The Sound of the City (Outerbridge & Dienstfrey, $6.95 hardbound, $2.95 paperbound) is the history they were singing about. There have been other chronicles about the rise of rock, but they have been either too scattershot or too personal. The Sound of the City manages to be both enthusiastic and exact. It is the best history of rock yet published.

Author Charlie Gillett...

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