Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock's Greatest Legends

Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock's Greatest Legends

by John Glatt

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Overview

From the Allman Brothers Band to Frank Zappa, and through the interweaving lives of Bill Graham, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and Carlos Santana, author John Glatt chronicles the story of the 1960s’ rock music Colossus that stood astride the East and West Coasts—Graham’s twin temples of rock, the Fillmore East and Fillmore West.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

11/17/2014
Glatt expands his first book, Rage and Roll: Bill Graham and the Selling of Rock, with this grand history of the Fillmore concert halls of San Francisco and New York City. Using to great effect his original interviews and a wide-ranging selection of previously published material, Glatt presents a definitive analysis of the rock music industry from Fillmore founder Bill Graham’s birth in 1931 to the theaters’ closing 40 years later. As a reference tool, music buffs and casual fans alike will find this volume indispensable. Glatt has spent the better part of 20 years assembling a truly staggering amount of information on a period of music that is often oversimplified as a haze of drugs and sex. Influential though those elements may have been, Glatt focuses instead on a triumphantly thorough chronicle of the business decisions and industry trends that affected the music of a generation, like Janis Joplin’s decision to split with Big Brother and the Holding Company. Though Glatt can’t always manage to organize his prose dramatically, he has nevertheless compiled an exhaustive compendium of fascinating data. Photos. (Dec.)

San Francisco Book Review

Live at the Fillmore East & West is an entertaining overview of the rock scene in the late ’60s and early ’70s. . .The most fascinating part of Live is the detailed explanation of how the Fillmore East came to be born.

New York Post

You had to be there, and . . . Glatt finds people who were behind the scenes, from secretaries and stage hands.

From the Publisher

"Glatt weaves the tales of legendary music impresario Bill Graham, one of the most bombastic and combative figures in the history of the music business... It is those outsized, over the top personalities, that Glatt captures so well the propels the entertaining tale. While Graham is either beloved or outright hated, Glatt captures the promoters enterprising genius, and willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed. Along the way it amounted to stellar successes, world famous tantrums, and rock bottom lows. " - My Big Honkin Blog

New York Post

You had to be there, and . . . Glatt finds people who were behind the scenes, from secretaries and stage hands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493016723
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 533,733
File size: 5 MB

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