Roots of Rock Book Bundle
  • Roots of Rock Book Bundle


    The Roots of Rock Book Bundle

    Book + art card+ handmade welsh chocolate bar


    This new bundle is a wonderful mix of art and writing...and of course chocolate! Sales of these bundles support the Workers Gallery, independent writers and artists working with indie welsh publishers - Seren and Afan Vale Chocolate handmaking chocolate here in the welsh valleys.  


    They can be sent as a treat for a loved one with a personalised message & we will hand write your message and gift wrap te bundle on your behalf. Or treat yourself!


    The Roots of Rock Book

    Peter Finch follows the trail of twentieth century popular music from a 1950s valve radio playing in a suburban Cardiff terrace to the reality of the music among the bars of Ireland, the skyscrapers of New York, the plains of Tennessee, the flatlands of Mississippi and the mountains of North Carolina. The Roots of Rock from Cardiff to Mississippi and Back mixes musical autobiography with an exploration of the physical places from which this music comes. It is a demonstration of the power of music to create a world for the listener that is simultaneously of and beyond the place in which it is heard. It also considers how music has changed during this time, from the culture-shaping (revolutionising) 50s and 60s to the present day, where it has evolved from the hard black vinyl of albums to the invisible digital mp3 file waiting to be summoned by mouse click.

    Along the way Finch gives us sharp-eyed accounts of gigs from Champion Jack Dupree to the Garth Mountain Boys, muses on the importance of the Dansette record player, ponders why Elvis never came to Wales (except multiply in Porthcawl’s legendary Elvis Festival), visits musical shrines and theme parks – Dollywood, Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, Stax, rides along with singing cowboys and recalls his attempt to form a band, The Blueswailers. Add in music in Ireland and Wales (and in Welsh), the Bible Belt, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Etta James, Ray Charles, Bert Jansch, Taylor Swift, Alan Stivell, Chet Atkins, the Appalachian Mountains and Pigeon Forge and Finch’s world of music is as broad as the last six decades allows.

    Each chapter is accompanied by a multi-track play list to help the reader have the full flavour of what Finch’s musical experiences and bring alive the many sharp witted stories and thoughtful cultural connections. The result is an entertaining, informative book from which the reader will learn much and hear more...

    From welsh publishers Seren


    Chocolate Bar

    Handmade by Afan Vale Chocolates - chocolate and hazelnuts. Suitable for Vegans. Foils & paper wrapped. 


    Art Card

    Castell Coch by Gayle Rogers - from a drawing created of this iconic landmark. Designed and printed in Wales. 


    Delivery to the UK only. Please note delays due to the current COVID 19 situation may occur.

    choc bars
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