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The new book by Mike Morsch features interviews with Rock luminaries such as Hall & Oates, Stevie Van Zandt, Dave Mason, Edgar Winter, Joe Vitale, The Doobie Brothers, Al Stewart and more. The Vinyl Dialogues offers the stories behind 31 of the top albums of the 70s, including backstories behind the albums, the songs, and the artists. ****** It was the 1970s: Big hair, bell-bottomed pants, Elvis sideburns and puka shell necklaces. The drugs, the freedom, the Me Generation, the lime green leisure suits. And then there was the music and how it defined a generation. The birth of Philly soul, the Jersey Shore Sound and disco. It's all there in "The Vinyl Dialogues," as told by the artists who lived and made Rock and Roll history throughout the decade. Throw in a little political intrigue - The Guess Who being asked not to play its biggest hit, "American Woman," at a White House appearance and Brewer and Shipley being called political subversives and making President Nixon's infamous "enemies list" - and "The Vinyl Dialogues offers a first-hand snapshot of a country in transition, hung over from the massive cultural changes of the 1960s and ready to dress outrageously and to shake its collective booty. All seen through the eyes, recollections and perspectives of the artists who lived it and made all that great music on all those great albums.

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  • PDF | 274 pages
  • Mike Morsch(Author)
  • Biblio Publishing (May 30, 2014)
  • English
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  • By NHAthletic on October 7, 2015

    It's a nice effort by the author. You can tell he's a huge music fan which I respect and I myself would enjoy writing about albums. This isn't A-list bands he writes about however, in fact not even B-list bands except for a couple, it's more C-list bands. Not to put the book down even further but out of the C-list bands, most (not all) of the people interviewed aren't even the frontman. It might be the keyboard player or the drummer. So at least be prepared for that. There were a few times I would youtube a song or google an album cover so the book sparked my interest at times. I started reading this over the summer and would pick it up here and there while sitting at the beach. If that's your intention then this book is ok for that.

  • By Maarten on April 19, 2015

    It could have been interesting, if it hadn't been written so badly. It's basically just an transcript of a couple of conversations, with all the repetiveness that comes with that. Amateur stuff, hardly worth the trouble.

  • By Alexander on December 28, 2017

    Good Read, great for music history buffs.

  • By RockDJ on March 16, 2015

    I like the book, but it would be hard to recommend to others when you see a major error in only the second paragraph of the very first chapter, in which author Mike Morsch discusses The Flying Burrito Brothers' LP, "Burrito Deluxe." Burrito Brothers founding member Gram Parsons was not an original of the Byrds. He joined The Byrds only after that band had completed the recording of its fifth album, "The Notorious Byrd Brothers." I don't think this is nitpicking given the premise of the book. Perhaps it could be corrected for the downloadable versions.

  • By Tom Curley on December 10, 2015

    I’ve been a fan of Mike Morsch’s journalistic story telling for close to a decade now, and “Dropping the Needle”, his newest entry into his Vinyl Dialogues collection, does not disappoint.Much like a prospector mining for nuggets of pure gold, Morsch has a way of culling the most fascinating “story behind the story” pop culture facts and anecdotes about some of the most iconic and seminal albums and musicians in Rock, Country and 20th century music history. From his personal interviews with some of the greatest musical legends of a generation, Mike has managed to glean intimate and personal stories about things like the childhood influences that led them to become a musician, or people, places, thoughts or things that would furnish the inspiration behind a creative work that would become a particular artist’s most important contributions to their legacy, and pop music history.This is a wonderful, captivating collection of short stories that anyone can enjoy while sitting on a commuter train, during a lunch break, sunning in a beach chair with a cocktail, or just a curled up on a couch for a cozy evening’s read. Students and academics with a penchant for researching the 1970’s era music trends will find many unknown facts and tidbits of info that are sure to help their dissertations shine. Fans of period films such as Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine or Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous will find themselves similarly immersed in the colorful nuances of the era.Reading “Dropping the Needle” is a good time that I highly recommend.

  • By Lori Shea on March 30, 2015

    Back in the late 60s and early to mid 70s I listened and bought a lot of record albums. Music was really becoming an important part of my life back then. I was just finishing high school and entering college in 1969. I loved all kinds of music back then but I especially liked soul and rhythm and blues. As a matter of fact my first real concert was James BrownIt was at the Minneapolis Auditorium in 1967. I was a 16 year old suburban white kid but to me James Brown was the man. It didn't matter that me and 3 of my friends were definitely a small white minority in the crowd. I just loved music,bands and live shows. I grew up watching American Bandstand, Ed Sullivan, The Lloyd Thaxston Show and even a locally produced show called Date With Dino that featured local bands. I would go to the local record store and go through the bins of all the old and new release albums. I would usually buy 3 albums for the price of about $18. I would read the lyrics, the players on each song and all the linear notes on the back of the album cover. I still have a lot of my original albums. Unfortunately they are showing the effects of too many parties. But boy do I have some great memories.

  • By Craig Peters on December 27, 2014

    For those of a certain age, names like Renaissance, England Dan & John Ford Coley, The Rascals, Edgar Winter, Hall & Oates, Three Dog Night, America, Foghat, Al Stewart and so many others featured in this book are the musical wallpaper of our generation's collective home. In "The Vinyl Dialogues," Mike Morsch speaks with all these artists, and many more, to uncover anecdotes and insights into the songs and albums so many of us grew up with. No chapter is longer than about a dozen pages, which makes it the perfect addition to my bathroom bookshelf (if you're like me, you get a lot of reading done in there). Indeed, the best way to enjoy this book is, I think, in bits and pieces: a story here, an anecdote there. "Oh, I heard Southside Johnny on the radio today, think I'll read that chapter." (Of course, few radio stations actually play SSJ & the Asbury Jukes; more's the pity, but you get the idea.) I probably heard somewhere along the way that George Harrison played the intro to "Basketball Jones." Maybe not; life has a way of blurring this sort of knowledge. But I was reminded (or learned) of it in the Cheech & Chong chapter. "The Vinyl Dialogues" is chock full of stuff like that -- tidbits and factoids that will certainly make you want to go back and revisit some of those albums gathering dust in the corner of your basement. Or just set your Sirius radio to channel to 7 (all 70's music) and crack open a chapter; there's bound to be one about the song coming up next or the one just played. Thanks, Mike.


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