(Book). Although together for only five years, The Yardbirds exerted tremendous influence on the music and style of the '60s and for decades beyond. Their impact has been felt throughout the rock genre, from psychedelia to blues-rock, heavy metal, and the music of today's jam bands. The Yardbirds came from middle-class England, embraced the soulful music of the African-American South, and helped re-import it back into the States as the embryo of heavy metal music. In the process, the band produced three guitar greats: Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Every fan of The Yardbirds, or of '60s-derived music in general, will revel in this book (which includes more than 50 photos from the group's heyday, plus a detailed diary of every gig, recording and broadcast they did) and enjoy reading the stories old and new as much as Clayson enjoys telling them.
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In the history of rock¿n¿roll, the Yardbirds are a stone enigma. They were one of those bands that everyone seems to know about, but few people have actually heard and/or appreciated. Often, they are dismissed as a training camp for three of the greatest guitarists of rock¿s grand second wave. Of course, that claim is true enough--it¿s hard to argue that any band that could boast Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page as front men was doing anything seriously wrong--but they were so much more than just a launching pad for legends. The Yardbirds were a tough, viable guerilla musical unit who, if they didn¿t actually directly change the collective head of rock¿s core audience, they changed the better-known musicians who did alter the audience¿s mindset. This book is a thoughtful, insightful look into those philosophical and musical changes. The volume examines not only the ways that the YB¿s changed Brit blues/rock¿n¿roll music, but the way they personally mutated and matured as human specimens. A serious student of rock¿n¿roll will want to know about the YB¿s, and this book is key to understanding how they worked. It is one of the most maturely written rock biographies in years¿it is (generally) free of the bathos and fanzine tales of decadence and backstage depravity that bloat up and weigh down so many rock books. The pictures are good and bring back many happy memories of the tine period. Again, this is a strong, mature volume. If you want stories of backstage excesses, you might be disappointed with the tome¿still, when you¿re ready to take a look at what a well-realized popular music bio could be, this is a good place to start. And never forget the most important part; the book is all the better because the Yardbirds themselves were so very special.
I bought this book last week at a barnes and noble store. This book has great pictures. But, the author talked about the yardbirds the first chapter then started talking about all these other bands until at least the 5th chapter i didn't really like this book, but thats my opinion. But iwas dissapointed in this book. If your a led zeppelin fan get Hammer of the Gods. That is a great book, and it also has a little on the yardbirds since page was in it. This book is a very nice book to have because of the pictures and everything but its not all on the yardbirds. I think this book isent worth its price