The Online Roots of Rock


If you enjoy Rock ‘n’ Roll — and other four-letter words — you’ll love Jive!
Jive is about Rock ‘n’ Roll. And it’s about the music that led to it. It explains how Rock ‘n’ Roll happened. And why it had to happen.

Jive - Rock 'n' Roll and other four-letter words
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Embossed purple foil on red cover, reminiscent
of the
satin jackets of the 1950s

Through twenty mini-crossword games (front section of book) with detailed explanations (back section of book), Jive traces the development of popular music in America back to its three basic roots:
white roots music
black roots music
mainstream "popular" music of middle America (that was imposed, to a large extent, from the top down by the commercial songwriters and publishers of Tin Pan Alley)
It even goes beyond these roots to Europe, Asia, Africa, and to wherever the music calls.
Ragtime, Dixieland, Boogie Woogie, Swing, Honky Tonk, Blues, Country and Western, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Bebop, Western Swing, Jump Blues and more are explored — all from a Rock ‘n’ Roll perspective.
Jive delves into the explicit and implicit subcultural jargon that has become an integral part of our music heritage. Learn what rock and roll really mean. And explore the origins of such terms as funk, jazz, rags, jive, mojo, sham, gigs, juke, and many, many, more. Hence Jive’s subtitle — Rock ‘n’ Roll and other four-letter words.
Jive shows, in a fun way, that the roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll are as fascinating as they are far-reaching. Like no other music, Rock ‘n’ Roll belongs to the world.

Jive is a registered trademark of Gary Wilcox Studios Incorporated

Click here to download a free 12-page Jive sampler.(645 KB pdf)


Jive - Rock 'n' Roll and other four-letter words

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