Tony Fletcher’s All Hopped Up and Ready to Go chronicles the New York City music scene over the course of 5o years. His thoroughly researched narrative takes readers through the core neighborhoods of New York, introducing the distinctive sounds birthed in each. Characters range from Dizzy Gillespie to the Ramones; sounds from bebop through to hip-hop. Throughout, Fletcher ties the music to the wider artistic innovations of the period.
Why was New York fertile ground for these new sounds? And, how did they come to take the nation by storm?
Those are the base questions in All Hopped Up and Ready to Go. Handled deftly by Fletcher, the intellectual underpinnings of the book and the information he unearths makes for fascinating reading. Out now from W.W. Norton & Company.
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