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Andrew JacksonAndrew Jackson served as a writer at Jeff Bridges’ Development Associates, AsIs Productions and currently writes celebrity biographies for The New York Times’ Studio System, the leading online database and research service for the film and television industries.  He has written for Yahoo! Movies, music magazines such as Burn Lounge and Mean Streets, and copy edited the Hollywood monthly Ingenue.  He also directed and co-wrote the feature film The Discontents (2004) starring Perry King and Amy Madigan.  

Born in Detroit, Michigan, he played drums in garage bands before heading to Boston to graduate from Emerson College.  After seeing Yellow Submarine on TV at age 4 he became a confirmed Beatlemaniac, which resulted in his first book, Still the Greatest: The 200 Best Solo Beatle Songs. The guide spotlights the best tunes by John, Paul, George, and Ringo from 1970 to 2010, giving each a 1 to 2 page entry covering the story behind the music, the people, and the times. His critically acclaimed 1965 was published by St Martin's Press in 2015.

Andrew Jackson’s forthcoming book Blinded by the Light - Rock at the Crossroads in the Classic Year, 1973 will be published by St Martin’s Press in 2019.


Praise for 1965

‘Andrew Grant Jackson makes a powerful case…This book is a welcome reminder of some truly great music. Recommended.’ - National Review Online

‘Jackson’s rapid-fire jaunt through the musical highlights of 1965—the rise of Motown and Stax Records, the early music of David Bowie, the arrival of the Bakersfield sound—is a helpful survey for readers unfamiliar with the history of popular music.’ - Publishers Weekly

‘Jackson presents a thoroughly entertaining romp through one mighty year in pop-music history.’ - Booklist


THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY YEAR IN MUSIC 1965 50 years ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the most ground-breaking year in music history ever. It was the year rock and roll evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the Western world.

The feedback loop between the artists and their times ignited an unprecedented explosion of creativity. The Beatles made their first artistic statement with Rubber Soul and performed at Shea Stadium, the first rock concert to be held in a major American stadium. Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone" - the quintessential anthem of the year - and went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. The Rolling Stones' hit song "Satisfaction" catapulted the band to world-wide success. Fashion designer Mary Quant raised the hemlines of her skirts to above the knee, introducing the iconic miniskirt.

This was not only the year of rock, new genres such as funk and psychedelia were born. Soul music became a prime force of desegregation, as Motown crossed out of the R&B charts on to the top of the Billboard Top 100. Country music reached new heights with Nashville and the Bakersfield sound and competition between musicians coincided with seismic cultural shifts wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, psychedelics, and Vietnam.

In 1965, Andrew Grant Jackson combines fascinating and often surprising personal stories with a panoramic historical narrative.

 BIBLIOGRAPHY: Where's Elvis?, Quintet, 2016; 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music, Thomas Dunne Books, 2015; Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers, Rowan and Littlefield, 2014; Where's Ringo?, Quintet, 2014.