and 1970s rock and pop music is reviewed and discussed
year by year (1963-1976) in parallel with the author's
life growing up in New York City and thru his college
years at Brown University.
chapter (year) in Section 1 of the book includes a list
of the ten most popular songs and the author's ten favorite
songs. Also, peak chart position and month is included
for all the singles mentioned in these chapters. For
many songs, there are also selected song lyrics to help
the reader's recognition of the songs. In a few chapters,
there are much more extensive song lyrics - e.g. the
"depressing" songs of 1976.
2 of the book contains Bruce Braine's favorite or "best
of" lists and commentary. This includes several
song, album or artist lists such as favorite rain songs,
favorite b-sides, favorite summer songs, favorite rock
instrumentals, favorite comedy songs, favorite rock
albums, favorite family groups, favorite numeric/alphanumeric
songs,favorite long songs, favorite album sides, favorite
rock concerts etc. The books' references and bibliography
are extensive. It includes primary sources such as many
of the major autobiographies/biographies of artists
such as Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen,
Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards and John
Fogerty among others.
also includes secondary sources such as Billboard, Rolling
Stone, Joel Whitburn and even Lou Simon, the highly
knowledgeable host of the 60s Satellite Survey on Sirius
Got the Music In Me: A Fan's View of 1960s and 1970s
Rock and Pop Music
is available on Amazon.com.
reviews of I've Got the Music In Me: A Fan's
View of 1960s and 1970s Rock and Pop Music
a writeup of Bruce's book in the Fall, 2017 issue of
The Taft Bulletin.
Miller discusses the focus of Bruce's book within the
context of his years at Taft (1968-72). "Dance
to the memory of the music of your youth. Read your
classmate Bruce Braines new book, Ive
Got the Music in Me, available on Amazon.
It is an encyclopedia of popular music from 1963 to
1976 with personal commentary by the author. This is
a book you can hum along to ... Ive Got the
Music in Me is a very well-researched labor of love
for Bruce, a music lover since birth." Read