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210 × 148 mm
224 pages
40 illustrations
01 May 2019
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Five Years Ahead of My Time Garage Rock from the 1950's to the Present Seth Bovey

Five Years Ahead of My Time: Garage Rock from the 1950s to the Present tells of a musical phenomenon whose continuing influence on global popular culture is immeasurable. The tale begins in 1950s America, when classic rock ’n’ roll was reaching middle age, and teenage musicians kept its primal rawness going with rough-hewn instrumentals. In the mid-1960s the Beatles and the British Invasion conquered America, and soon every neighbourhood had its own garage band. Groups like the Sonics and 13th Floor Elevators burnt brightly but briefly, only to be rediscovered by a new generation of connoisseurs in the 1970s. Numerous compilation albums followed, spearheaded by Lenny Kaye’s seminal Nuggets, which resulted in a garagerock rebirth during the 1980s and ’90s. Be it the White Stripes or the Black Keys, bands have consistently found inspiration in the simplicity and energy of garage rock. It is a revitalizing force, looking back to the past to forge the future. And this, for the first time, is its story.

Seth Bovey is Professor of English at Louisiana State University of Alexandria. He is also a musician and played in several garage bands in the 1970s and early ’80s