Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth chronicles rock and roll in the year 1971. I once took a political science course focusing on rock and roll (called “Politics of Rock and Roll”) and if this book had been around at the time, I am sure that my professor would have loved to include it on the course list. (One of the books we did read was All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Changed America.)
Each chapter focuses on a different month in 1971, giving the reader an in-depth look into the rock and roll scene that year. A nice touch of the book is that the end of each chapter contains a list of famous songs recorded during that specific month. The book is very detailed, and you can tell that Hepworth has done a great deal of research. (Also, Hepworth was 21 years old in 1971, so he himself lived through this momentous year of rock and roll.) Throughout the book, Hepworth discusses the impact of so many different bands and musicians, from The Beatles, to Led Zeppelin, to Joni Mitchell.
You can find Never a Dull Moment here.