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  1. JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene
    JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene
    JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene
    JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene
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  2. JAMerica: The History of the Jam Band and Festival Scene

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The term “jam band” is used to categorize a type of music that favors improvisation and musicianship over concise riffs, hooks, and traditional songwriting structure. The term also helps define the fiercely dedicated fans of the music as accurately as it does the bands. Much as with the Grateful Dead—the progenitors of the jam band scene—the survival of the scene depends upon a symbiotic relationship with fans. Jam bands nurture a close relationship with their fans, fostered through constant touring and the mutual belief that each performance is a unique, shared event.

JAMerica tells the story of the roots, evolution, values, and passion of the jam band scene in the words of those who know it best. Modeling itself on such books as Edie: American Girl by George Plimpton and Jean Stein (an oral history of the life of Edie Sedgewick ) and Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, the book is an oral history of the jam band scene, integrating stories from such bands as the Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, moe., Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, and dozens more. Interviews focus on the history of individual bands and how they communally shaped the larger jam band community, along with songwriting, relationships with fans, business models, and the importance (including the joys and war stories) of touring, including early gigs and venues (e.g. the Wetlands in New York City and the landmark H.O.R.D.E. Festival) that supported the emergence of the jam band scene.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Excellent Book! Finally a book getting to the heart of the festival and music scene going on here in the USA over the past 20 or so years. If you love music, or like it at all, and have any interest in the current state of the music scene beyond the corporate music machine, then this is a must read. If you know a ton about this already, you will still learn something valuable here. This book takes the reader through a sociological timeline of what happened with the formative bands that created today's scene, within the context of a huge number of recent interviews with many of the genre's best performers and industry professionals. In a well debated way Peter Conners explains how the 'Jam' moniker actually came to be. Specifically, this genre of 'jamband' has evolved out of a necessity to distinguish exactly why this form of music really is different and so powerful. And he explains why it deserves it's own label (as occurred for jazz and even rock 'n roll) where a short label... Read more
What better way to understand the history and growth of the jam band scene than from the mouths of those who lived it, created it, and remember it. This book is the first I've ever seen to delve into all the various elements that wound up creating a "scene" that, at the time, didn't seem like it was actually going to be a scene. Not until in our collective rear view mirror did those events appear to meaningfully lead into what is now one of the biggest collective cash machines in touring rock and roll today. Peter Conners exhaustively interviewed dozens and dozens of the folks who were there at the beginning (and those who've come along since) to get the story from the horse's mouth. Great job Peter!!

The *only* thing that might catch readers is that the list of who's-who doesn't come until near the end of the book, so many readers may be confused as to who's talking. This is easily remedied by dog-earing the listing in the back and just using that as an index to go... Read more
I started out really liking this book and was interested in all the interesting information, until I began reading about one of the bands that are featured in the book. Three times the author quoted one member of this band as his source and three times the info ro quote should have been attributed to another member of the band. How do I know? I work for the band in question and know that the information is incorrect. So, once I discovered this I wondered how much of the other information I was reading was incorrect or misquoted.
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