1973: Rock at the Crossroads

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A fascinating account of the music and epic social change of 1973, a defining year for David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Eagles, Elvis Presley, and the former members of The Beatles.

1973 was the year rock hit its peak while splintering—just like the rest of the world. Ziggy Stardust travelled to America in David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane. The Dark Side of the Moon began its epic run on the Billboard charts, inspired by the madness of Pink Floyd's founder, while all four former Beatles scored top ten albums, two hitting #1.

FM battled AM, and Motown battled Philly on the charts, as the era of protest soul gave way to disco, while DJ Kool Herc gave birth to hip hop in the Bronx. The glam rock of the New York Dolls and Alice Cooper split into glam metal and punk. Hippies and rednecks made peace in Austin thanks to Willie Nelson, while outlaw country, country rock, and Southern rock each pointed toward modern country. The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, and the Band played the largest rock concert to date at Watkins Glen.

Led Zep’s Houses of the Holy reflected the rise of funk and reggae. The singer songwriter movement led by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell flourished at the Troubadour and Max’s Kansas City, where Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, and Iggy Pop shared bill. Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite TV special attracted more viewers than the moon landing, while Elton John’s albums dominated the number one spot for two and a half months.

Just as U.S. involvement in Vietnam drew to a close, Roe v. Wade ignited a new phase in the culture war. While the oil crisis imploded the American dream of endless prosperity, and Watergate’s walls closed in on Nixon, the music of 1973 both reflected a shattered world and brought us together.

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  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    This book is encyclopedic in its breadth of information regarding the music scene in 1973. It is very detailed, not only in aspects of the music itself, but the culture, social and political climate a...

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalleyThis was a wonderful book, although I do admit that the historical detail sometimes went over my head. There's A LOT of stuff about musical h...

  • TJ

    Pretty good overall. I learned a few new things about artists that I never really got into and albums that I never thought had such a sordid history. A Lot of it is lazy rehashing, rewriting, and assu...

  • Janice Lombardo

    Originally, I thought this would be a book about rock bands, etc. I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that the book encompasses ALL genres of interest in the early 1970's. I admit that I was 22 ...

  • Karyn

    I opened this book with expectation that I would learn more about why 1973 ushered new music into our culture.By page 37, however, the author states that Aretha Franklin’s “wailing on Old Landmark...

  • Diane

    I would really rate this a 3.5. 1973 was the year that many new forms of rock began to emerge ( punk, disco, hip-hop, country outlaws, reggae, technopop, female rockers, glam, and gender benders) "Cla...

  • J Earl

    1973: Rock at the Crossroads by Andrew Grant Jackson is an informative nostalgic read for those of us who remember the year and a wonderful glimpse into a landmark year for both rock music and society...

  • Chris Jaffe

    3.5 stars. An exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) coverage on that was the year that was. Picking 1973 as a focal point makes sense. Jackson notes at the outset that a study (by 538.com) of classic ...

  • Diane Hernandez

    So what’s so important about 1973 to rock? A lot of bands and cultural icons began that year. From the first Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to the first albums of diverse acts like Bruce Spri...

  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-

    I love talking about the 70s with my mother in law, she talks about how different it was and she still loves the music from during that time period . So when I spotted this book I was so excited! I’...