A History of Rock and Dance Music 1951-2008

a book written by Piero Scaruffi


This is the second edition of the book that was first published in 2003.

ISBN 978-0-9765531-5-1 (Vol 1: 1950-1989)
ISBN 978-0-9765531-6-8 (Vol 2: 1990-2008)

Given the size (800 pages total), it is now split in two volumes, about 400 pages each. If you own the old edition, the first volume contains the first four parts (1950s to 1980s), updated and corrected (about 300 small corrections and about 40 small additions). The second volume covers the 1990s (some massively revised text of the old edition and a lot of new text) and the 2000s (all new text). The number of names in the alphabetical index increased from 3,100 to 4,800. This is a good way to gauge how much material has been added to the second edition.

Some of the material about non-rock and pre-rock music until the 1950s has been transferred (vastly expanded) to the "History of Pop Music".

Click here to browse the index and most of the chapters.


The book is available from AMAZON.COM (just type "Scaruffi History Rock" and make sure you pick the new edition in two volumes with the new title, not the old one-volume edition).

To order either of the two volumes directly from me: paypal $25 (if you live in the USA) which includes shipping and handling, or (if you live outside the USA) $40 (that includes shipping by international air mail outside the USA) to my email address for "History of Rock Music", and specify which volume.

To order both volumes directly from me: paypal $45 (if you live in the USA) which includes shipping and handling, or (if you live outside the USA) $80 (that includes shipping by international air mail outside the USA) to my email address for "History of Rock Music".

You can also order the History of Popular Music (that includes Blues, Soul, Gospel) at the same time for an extra $15 (normally $20 plus shipping) or $20 if you live outside the USA. Just add $15 or $20 to the previous amount.

Discounts for orders of multiple copies: Email me before you paypal.

If you live outside the USA, the book will be available from major e-retailers such as Amazon.com (just search for "Scaruffi History Rock").


A complementary book is "A History of Popular Music before Rock Music" (that covers Blues, Soul, Gospel and Pop music from the beginning of the recording industry till the 1960s).

Thanks, piero scaruffi

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