(Limelight). In 1965, Ian Whitcomb's novelty rocker "You Turn Me On" was number eight on the national charts, along with entries from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys. In 1966 he was nowheresville a certified rock 'n' roll flash in the pan. It is, then, with a survivor's humor that he tells both his and rock's story from its beginnings in the late fifties to 1969, the year of Woodstock and psychedelic dreams of universal peace and love. Here is the saga of the British Invasion, the genesis of folk rock, the blooming of Flower Power, the Summer of Love and the inner workings of the pop music biz, brought to life by a true insider who is also an uninhibitedly acute observer.
"A thorough and engrossing history of the mid-60s rock scene... that mixes first-hand impressions with meticulous scholarship. Whitcomb's colourful and precise descriptions of the music are impressive, and his pop sociology is acute... Rock Odyssey is the best written personal chronicle we have of the period..." -- New York Times Book Review.