Music Everywhere: The Rock And Roll Roots Of A Southern Town

Music Everywhere: The Rock And Roll Roots Of A Southern Town

  • Publish Date: 2016-04-26
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Marty Jourard
University Press of Florida
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A highly entertaining, well-written look at a city that played a major role in the history of rock and roll music. Kudos to Marty Jourard on a book of historical importance.?Kudzoo Magazine

Jourard tells the story so that you feel you are there in the humid clubs watching history unfold in a time when regional music scenes truly were unique.?Charles R. Cross, author of Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

Jourard clearly demonstrates that Gainesvilles contributions are no less vital than those of New York City, Chicago, Memphis, Los Angeles, Seattle, and so many more.?Marc Eliot, author of To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles

A musical rags-to-riches story that you can dance to. Heres the story of a little southern town that made a big impact on American music.?WilliamMcKeen, editor of Homegrown in Florida

Gainesville is a key destination in central and north-central Floridas growing reputation as Americas foremost incubator for important guitarists of rock and roll: Petty, Felder, Stills, Allman, Betts, Dudek, Rossington, Parsons, Campbell, and Leadon among many others. Jourard, himself part of Gainesvilles music history alongside members of his hit-making band the Motels, deserves accolades for his immersive exploration of his hometowns myriad contributions to rock history.?Bob Kealing, author of Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock

From Stephen Stills to the Certain Amount, from Leadon and Felder to Sister Hazel, from hootenannies to the Heartbreakers to everyone in between, this is the story of a place called Gainesville and its ever-enduring songs of the South. ?Jeff Lemlich, author of Savage Lost: Florida Garage Bands; The 60s and Beyond

When the Beatles launched into fame in 1963, they inspired a generation to pick up an instrument and start a band. Rock and roll took the world by storm, but one small town in particular seemed to pump out prominent musicians and popular bands at factory pace.

Many American college towns have their own story to tell when it comes to their rock and roll roots, but the story of Gainesville, Florida, is unique: dozens of resident musicians launched into national prominence, eight inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a steady stream of major acts rolled through on a regular basis. From Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Stephen Stills and the Eagles Don Felder and Bernie Leadon, Gainesville cultivated some of the most celebrated musicians and songwriters of the time.

Marty Jourard?a member of the chart-topping band the Motels?delves into the individual stories of the musicians, businesses, and promoters that helped foster innovative, professional music and a vibrant creative atmosphere during the mid-sixties and seventies. The laid-back southern town was also host to a clash of cultures. It was home to intellectuals and rednecks, liberals and conservatives, racists and civil rights activists, farmers, businessmen, students, and hippies. Although sometimes violent and chaotic, these diverse forces brought wild rock and roll energy to the music scene and nourished it with an abundance of musical fare that included folk, gospel, soul, country, blues, and Top Forty hits. Gainesville musicians developed a sound all their own and a music scene that, decades later, is still launching musicians to the top of the charts.

Music Everywhere brings to light a key chapter in the history of American rock and roll?a time when music was a way of life and bands popped up by the dozen, some falling by the wayside but others leaving an indelible mark. Here is the story of the people, the town, and a culture that nurtured a wellspring of talent.

Marty Jourard, a Gainesville native who released five albums and two top-ten singles with the 1980s band the Motels, is the author of Start Your Own Band. He teaches songwriting classes at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

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