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  • The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll

  • The Mysterious Roots of Modern Music
  • By: Christopher Knowles
  • Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Sex. Drugs. Loud music. Wild costumes. Dazzling light shows. These words can all describe a great rock concert or a hot dance club, but they were also part and parcel of the ancient cultural phenomenon known as the "Mystery religions". In this book, author Christopher Knowles shows how the long-dead Mystery religions got a secular reincarnation when a new musical form called rock 'n' roll burst onto the scene.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading, disappointing book

  • By Bruce on 02-07-12

Underwhelmed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-15

The author seems to want to tie rock and roll culture into the mystery religions of ancient civilization. What it comes out as is a brief primer on ancient mtyhology and an encyclopedia of well-documented rock trivia (hardly "secret"). The two are never really adequately tied together (nor is the central theme really mentioned much again) aside from the over-use of the word "dionysian" to describe just about everything and everyone.

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