Stomp and Shout
R&B and the Origins of Northwest Rock and Roll
- PUBLISHED: November 2022
- SUBJECT LISTING: Performing Arts, Pacific Northwest / History, Pacific Northwest / Art and Culture
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: Pages, 6 x 9 in, 30 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780295751252
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Long before the world discovered grunge, the Pacific Northwest was already home to a singular music culture. In the late 1950s, locals had codified a distinct offshoot of rockin’ R&B, and a surprising number of them would skyrocket to success, including Little Bill & the Bluenotes, the Wailers, Ron Holden, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Kingsmen, Merrilee Rush, and the Sonics.
Peter Blecha tells the story of music in the Pacific Northwest from the 1940s to the 1960s, a golden era that shaped generations of musicians to come. The local R&B scene evolved out of the area’s vibrant jazz scene, and Blecha illuminates the musical continuum between Ray Charles (who cut his first record in Seattle) and Quincy Jones to the rock ’n’ rollers who forged the classic jazz-tinged “Northwest Sound.”
Blecha offers highly entertaining firsthand accounts gleaned from hundreds of interviews. DJs built a teen dance circuit that the authorities didn’t like but whose popularity pushed bands to develop crowd-friendly beats. Do-it-yourself enthusiasts launched groundbreaking record companies that scored a surprising number of hit songs.
Highlighting key but overlooked figures and offering a fresh look at well-known musicians (such as an obscure young guitarist then known as Jimmy Hendrix), Blecha shows how an isolated region managed to launch influential new sounds upon an unsuspecting world.
Authors & Contributors
Peter Blecha was a founding curator at Seattle’s music museum, EMP (now MoPop). He is a Staff Historian and Contributing Editor with HistoryLink.org. This is his tenth book.
Grunge fans should check out Stomp and Shout, a meticulously detailed early history of Northwest R&B and rock and roll. Blecha presents a fascinating narrative of the globally influential garage bands that also inspired Sub Pop Records. Highly recommended!- Bruce Pavitt, cofounder of Sub Pop Records
Stomp and Shout succeeds substantially in making the case for the Northwest Sound as a distinct musical genre and as a significant element of both Black culture and youth culture with a lasting impact on the regional psyche.- Kurt Armbruster, author of Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music
An impressive geo-musical chronicle of the pre-grunge Pacific Northwest music scene with an insightful and fresh approach that adds an essential layer of voices to this critical chorus of music writers, historians, and artists.- George Plasketes, author of Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles