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Rock Vegas : Live Music Explodes in the Neon Desert (Paperback) (Pat Christenson)

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There is no book like Rock Vegas. No city has had its live music history told, probably because there is no story like Las Vegas’. As recently as the early ’90s, Las Vegas was considered the place where headlining rock and roll bands went to die. Despite its reputation as the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” the city was all but devoid of major touring acts, as the paradoxically conservative instincts of the casino bosses and city fathers made it difficult for cutting-edge bands, especially rock ’n’ rollers, to gain a foothold.

Then the floodgates opened.

In less than three decades, Las Vegas has evolved into the top live music destination in the in the world. How did it happen? How did Vegas make the transition from Frank and Dean, Wayne and Engelbert, and the Folies Bergère to a city with more than 500,000 seats for live-music events that draw more than three million fans annually, 75% of them from outside Nevada?

Rock Vegas chronicles the contemporary history of concert bands, venues, promoters, and marketers, as seen through the eyes of one of the live-music industry’s most prominent participants. As the director of Thomas and Mack Center and president of Las Vegas Events, author Pat Christenson has been an integral part of more than 500 live-music events over 35 years. In these pages, Christenson shines a spotlight on the live music industry and circumstances that made this revolution possible, with an emphasis on the behind-the-scenes innovation that let Vegas rock and opened the door for the greatest live-music explosion in American-entertainment history. “It was my goal to not just write a book about how the Las Vegas’ live music scene evolved, but to provide a vehicle to educate event management professionals on how all these apply to every market”, said Christenson.

Christenson spent three and a half years writing a rock and roll book that not only appeals to locals and visitors that experienced these live music events, but the live music business and industry. Conducting over one hundred interviews, reading over hundred books and viewing fifty videos, the book is arguably the best book on the live music industry, from the perspective of the fan. In addition to over four dozen stories about the characters who built the live music business, the book covers live music history including ticketing, crowd management, production, and music distribution components of the music business.
Number of Pages: 263
Genre: Music, History
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pgw
Author: Pat Christenson
Language: English
Street Date: July 18, 2017
TCIN: 51745951
UPC: 9781944877057
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-2695
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