2009: 145. Flowers in the Dustbin

“The history of rock and roll now spans half a century - a chastening thought for anyone ever excited by the novelty of this once freshest of popular forms.”

Flowers in the Dustbin, The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947-1977, James Miller

         This history of rock and roll is very well written and accessible (and I was nervous, because the author’s other works include The Passion of Michael Foucault and Rousseau: Dreamer of Democracy, both of which scream “inaccessible academic jargon!” to me).  In fact, my one criticism is that the book is too short.  Or rather, that Miller tries to do to much in too few pages, and the book thus seems as if stuff is missing.  Miller tries to write the history of rock and roll from 1947-1977 in 400 pages.  What he covers he covers in reasonable detail, which means that he has to leave things out, and because of that there seem to be jumps in time.  If what he meant was only to give snapshots of certain periods of time, and not to tell the whole comprehensive story, that is fine, but the way its written, it seems as if he’s trying to tell us the history of thirty years of rock and roll, and as such, the gaps seem damning.  It would have been better, I think, to have covered less - or have written a much longer book.  He obviously knows his subject matter and what he covers he covers well and with enthusiasm.  I’d have read more, gladly. 


Date/Place Completed:  December 2009; D.C.

Categories: Non-Fiction; Book Resolutions

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