Share:
 
ISBN: 9781573444057
eISBN: 9781573445641

The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll

by Christopher Knowles

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 Mystery religions got a secular reincarnation when a new musical form called rock 'n' roll burst onto the scene. The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll traces the history of the Mysteries — their rise, their fall, and their survival through long centuries of repression. Knowles shows how the Mysteries prefigured subcultures as diverse as Santeria, Freemasonry, Mardi Gras and even the Holiness churches of the American frontier, and explains exactly how ancient rituals and music found their way to the New World. In the process, The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll traces the development of rock's most popular genres such as punk and heavy metal, and reveals how many of rock's most iconic artists play the same archetypal roles as the ancient gods. You'll see how many of the rituals and customs and even musical styles of our postmodern society have stunning ancient parallels. You'll meet history's first pop

 
Buy eBook:

$16.95
eBook purchase options:
 
Buy print version:

$ 16.95
Print purchase options:
 
 
 
About the author Christopher Knowles
 

CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES is an author and creator of comics. He is known for Halo: An Angel’s Story, a mini-series published by Sirius Entertainment. He was the editor of the Top Shelf Productions magazine "Comic Book Artist" from 2000-2004 and has written articles for publications like "The Jack Kirby Collector" and sites like Comic Book Resources. Knowles also wrote a highly acclaimed and award-winning book called Our Gods Wear Spandex:...


View Profile

 
Books by Christopher Knowles
 
 
 

Other books that could interest you

 
 
Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation
 
Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories and Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking
David Mezzapelle, Marshall Goldsmith
 
What Are You Waiting For?: Learn How to Rise to the Occasion of Your Life
Kristen Moeller, Jack Canfield
 
Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day
Phil Cousineau, Jeff "The Dude" Dowd
 
One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road and LuAnne Henderson, the Woman Who Started Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady on Their Journey
 
Help! My Baby Came Without Instructions: How to Survive (and Enjoy) Your Baby's First Year
Blythe Lipman, Ame Mahler Beanland
 
Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed
Paula Rizzo, Julie Morgenstern
 
Living Life as a Thank You Journal
 
The Art of Living Joyfully: How to be Happier Every Day of the Year
 
Earth Blessings: Prayers, Poems and Meditations
 
Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping
Billee Sharp, Anneli Rufus
 
The Inspired Life: Unleashing Your Mind's Capacity for Joy
Susyn Reeve, Joan Breiner, Katherine Thomas Woodward