Tony Fletcher - "All Hopped Up and Ready to Go"

Event date: 
Friday, November 6, 2009 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Oblong Books & Music
6422 Montgomery Street
12572 Rhinebeck
Tony Fletcher, author of All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-1977, reads from and discusses his new book.
Fletcher paints a vibrant picture of mid-twentieth-century New York and the ways in which its indigenous art, theater, literature, and political movements converged to create such unique music.  With great attention to the colorful characters behind the sounds, from trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie to Tito Puente, Bob Dylan, and the Ramones, Fletcher takes readers through bebop, the Latin music scene, the folk revival, glitter music, disco, punk, and hip hop as they emerged from the neighborhood streets of Harlem, the East and West Village, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.  All Hopped Up and Ready to Go contains the key interviews, conducted with all of the major and minor players, many of whom have rarely been asked to look at the emergence of all this music.  All the while, Fletcher goes well beyond the history of the music to explain just what it was about these distinctive New York sounds that took the entire nation by storm.

Fletcher, in addition to founding the music magazine Jamming!, has contributed to Newsday, Spin, and Rolling Stone.  He lives in Mt. Tremper, New York.

All Hopped Up and Ready to Go: Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393334838
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 26th, 2009

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