The Decibel Diaries: A Journey through Rock in 50 Concerts by Carter AlanThe Decibel Diaries: A Journey through Rock in 50 Concerts by Carter Alan

The Decibel Diaries: A Journey through Rock in 50 Concerts

byCarter Alan

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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Sometimes a rock concert is more than just an event. Every so often a band’s performance becomes a musical milestone, a cultural watershed, a political statement, and a personal apotheosis. On any given night a rock concert can tell the truth about who we are, where we are, and what’s going on in music and life right now.

In The Decibel Diaries, Carter Alan, longtime DJ and music director at WZLX in Boston, chronicles a lifetime in rock with a tour through fifty concerts that defined such moments—from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young playing in the rain when Richard Nixon resigned to Talking Heads and the first stirrings of punk in the basement bars of New York and Boston to the bluegrass angel Alison Krauss and the adaptable veteran Robert Plant forging a plangent, plaintive postmodern synergy. For each event Alan shows us what it was like to be there and telescopes out to reveal how this show fit into the arc of the artist’s career, the artist’s place in music, and the music’s place in the wider world. Taken together, The Decibel Diaries is a visceral and visionary portrait of nearly fifty years of rock ’n’ roll.
CARTER ALAN is the midday DJ and music director at WZLX-FM, Boston, one of the nation’s first classic rock stations. He is the author, most recently, of Radio Free Boston, and previously of Outside Is America: U2 in the U.S.
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Title:The Decibel Diaries: A Journey through Rock in 50 ConcertsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:University Press of New EnglandLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
First Ride—James Gang
Don’t Be Denied—Neil Young & the Stray Gators
Balance of Power—Traffic and Free
“I’ve Been Downhearted, Baby . . .”—B. B. King
The Four-Day Ring—Deep Purple
The Call of the Wild—Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes
Setting Sail in a Topographic Ocean—Yes
Truly Slow . . . hand—Eric Clapton
“Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming”—CSNY/Santana
Touring in the Material World—George Harrison
The Best Stuff in Town—The Rolling Stones
Tear Gas and Toilet Paper—The Great American Music Fair
An Afro and a Fine Skylark—Fleetwood Mac
Sweatin’ Bullets—Lynyrd Skynyrd
Six-String Outlaws—The Eagles
A New Architecture—Talking Heads
Crosstown Traffic—The Cars
Sound and Vision—David Bowie
“Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!”—Ramones
“There Should Be More Dancing!”—The Police
“I’m So Bored with the U.S.A”—The Clash
An Interesting Table Guest—John Cougar & the Zone
Even the Losers Get Lucky (Third Time)—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Before the Purple Reign—Prince
“For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”—AC/DC
Rollin’ on the River—U2
Showtime—The J. Geils Band
Sabbath vs. Ozzy—Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne
Who’s Last . . . but, Not Really—The Who
In a Hard Place—Aerosmith
“I Love Rock ’n’ Roll”—Joan Jett
Till the Fat Lady Sings—Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
The Global Jukebox—Live Aid
Your Mascara Is Running—Mötley Crüe
Live . . . and Alive—Stevie Ray Vaughan
Which One Is Pink?—Roger Waters and Pink Floyd
Meanwhile, Back in the Jungle . . .—Guns N’ Roses
“Tear Down the Wall!”—Roger Waters
Getting Back—Paul McCartney
Exile on Monroe Drive—The Black Crowes
A Wylde Night—The Allman Brothers Band
“This Guitar Is Brand-New, and I Decided I Don’t Like It”—Nirvana
Digging in the Garden—Pearl Jam
The Ocean—Bush, Goo Goo Dolls, and No Doubt
Cliff Notes from Upstate—Phish
A Cheap Golden Jubilee—Joe Perry with Cheap Trick
U2 Reclaims its Mojo (or Fighting the Bono Mono)—U2
Side by Side, They Walk the Night—Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Power Hitter—Jack White
Life after the Fast Lane—Joe Walsh
Acknowledgments
List of Sources

Editorial Reviews

Sometimes a rock concert is more than just an event. Every so often a band’s performance becomes a musical milestone, a cultural watershed, a political statement, and a personal apotheosis. On any given night a rock concert can tell the truth about who we are, where we are, and what’s going on in music and life right now.In The Decibel Diaries, Carter Alan, longtime DJ and music director at WZLX in Boston, chronicles a lifetime in rock with a tour through fifty concerts that defined such moments—from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young playing in the rain when Richard Nixon resigned to Talking Heads and the first stirrings of punk in the basement bars of New York and Boston to the bluegrass angel Alison Krauss and the adaptable veteran Robert Plant forging a plangent, plaintive postmodern synergy. For each event Alan shows us what it was like to be there and telescopes out to reveal how this show fit into the arc of the artist’s career, the artist’s place in music, and the music’s place in the wider world. Taken together, The Decibel Diaries is a visceral and visionary portrait of nearly fifty years of rock ’n’ roll.“The Decibel Diaries immerses us in the glory, guts, and grit of a time when musicians were gods and rock was life itself.” - Oedipus, former DJ and program director, WBCN Boston