6 Books that Capture the Spirit of Rock and Roll

By March 19, 2017Polls and Discussion

Rock and Roll is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and 1950s. While many will instantly think of Elvis, Rock and Roll, or Rock ‘n’ Roll actually has its roots in African American musical styles and is influenced by gospel, Jazz, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues.

Pioneered by singers such as the Boswell Sisters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, it would be big names like Chuck Berry who would go down in history as creating this new genre.

Today, the influence of rock and roll continues through popular music and influences and its spirit can be felt across many musical genres, and so we have six books that we think capture the spirit of the Rock and Roll era.

5 Fascinating Books about the Sinking of the RMS Titanic

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On 14th April 1912, the biggest passenger ship ever built, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. In the early hours of 15th April, the ‘unsinkable’ RMS Titanic sank. Of the 2,224 passengers on board, more than 1,500 died making it the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. Read More

Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 Books – March

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Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40

Every month we ask you guys on our social media channels what reads you’ve loved over the past month, and from these replies we create our Top 40 chart, like the Top of the Pops but for books. It gives you a chance to see what others in the group are reading and get some recommendations, and thanks to all who joined in this month, giving us our top 40. Read More

Top 50 Worst Film Adaptations According to You

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Film adaptations of our favourite books can be worrisome: will they cast the right people, will the story mirror what we have read, will they change the ending? We asked you this question- “Which book’s film adaptation would you like to see dumped in the bargain bin?” and oh boy, did you have some answers! We ended up with over 1500 votes for over 50 different adaptations which were found to rattle our Reading Addicts.

Unfortunately we couldn’t include the answer “All of them!” that some of you offered, but instead we have collected and collated all your other answers and here are the results.

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6 Books that Capture the Spirit of Rock and Roll

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Rock and Roll is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and 1950s. While many will instantly think of Elvis, Rock and Roll, or Rock ‘n’ Roll actually has its roots in African American musical styles and is influenced by gospel, Jazz, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues.

Pioneered by singers such as the Boswell Sisters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, it would be big names like Chuck Berry who would go down in history as creating this new genre. Read More

10 Books for the TBR if You Loved Tom Hardy’s Taboo

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Am I the only one sucked into the weird and wonderful world of Taboo? The show is currently airing on the BBC, in the US and on Amazon Prime, starring Tom Hardy. It’s his own production, written by his father, and it’s about the most darkly different show on the television right now.

Taboo has aired to mixed reviews, but generally the reception has been good. What it lacks sometimes in dialogue it makes up for in sheer weirdness full of magic, incest and surrealism, and some fantastic imagery. Read More



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