Author Andrew W. Griffin will be at Browning Books, 703 10th Street, Wichita Falls, TX, Saturday, Feb. 23 from 1-4 p.m. for a meet and greet book signing for his new book Rock Catapult. 1966: The Launch of Modern Rock and Roll.
Andrew Griffin is a long-time journalist and pop culture guru. In music, his focus is the 1960’s. He plays the drums and currently is learning to play the sitar. He loves record stores, scotch, film noir, Twin Peaks, The Monkees, Hunter S. Thompson, coffee mugs, bumper stickers and books. He is an expert on The Spanish Civil War, modern history and pop culture as well as a strong proponent of the First Amendment.
Griffin received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from John Brown University in 1996. As a journalist for over twenty years, he has covered everything from the court/police beat to the arts and entertainment. After stints at newspapers in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, Griffin moved to Oklahoma in 2005 to launch the Oklahoma online news site Red Dirt Report (www.reddirtreport.com). He continued covering everything from politics to music. He also developed a well-followed sync column entitled Dust Devil Dreams. Red Dirt Report celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. Griffin, as owner and editor, devotes much of his time working on investigative pieces – stories that the mainstream media is not thoroughly covering.
1966: The Launch of Modern Rock and Roll
Andrew W. Griffin shares his unbridled enthusiasm and intricate knowledge of 1960s music, especially focusing on the poignant music of ’66, through this retrospective anthology. Griffin’s journalistic style helps the reader experience behind the scenes synergy of each group inter-mixed with personal anecdotes.
Perhaps it was the psychedelic drugs, the musical experimentation, the war protests or the censorship that drove and inspired creativity in 1966. That was the year everything coalesced and modern rock & roll was born. Psychedelic experimentation with avant-garde sounds merged folk, blues, rock and poetry that would forever influence musicians and generations to come.
By focusing on a sampling of groups active in ’66, Griffin is able to reveal the unique atmosphere that made this magical moment possible. Among those featured include David Bowie, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Mamas and The Papas. Also included are Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Cyrkle, Donovan, The Doors, Yardbirds, Frank Zappa and many more. Exclusive interviews with Larry Tamblyn of The Standells, Chris Gerniottis of The Zakary Thaks and Jim Pons of The Leaves. Foreword by Mike Rabon of The Five Americans