The birth of rock ‘n’ roll signaled the blossoming of a new teenage culture, dividing generations and introducing a new attitude of rebellion and independence. From Chuck Berry to the Beatles, from punk rock to hip hop, rock ‘n’ roll has continuously transformed alongside or in reaction to social, cultural, and political changes.

A Brief History of Rock, Off the Record is a concise introduction to rock history and the impact it has had on American culture. It is an easy-to-read, vivid account written by one of rock’s leading critics. Pulling from personal interviews over the years, Wayne Robins interweaves the developments in rock music with his commentary on the political and social events and movements that defined their decades.

chapter |6 pages

Introduction: What Is Rock 'n' Roll?

chapter |48 pages

The 1950s: Rock Begins

chapter |94 pages

The 1960s

chapter |66 pages

The 1970s

chapter |40 pages

The 1980s

chapter |22 pages

The 1990s and Beyond

chapter |4 pages


chapter |10 pages

Discography: Recommended Listening