1 DCBirdMan 2 weeks ago Well I made it thru the 500+ pages of this:https://www.amazon.com/N%C3...At first I didn't think the interview format would work, but it did. This book has over 50 very short chapters. Covers the origins, the bands, the scene and culture, the business and the decline -- and one short chapter on guitarists -- the innovators, copiers, style and gear. Just reporting on what I read. No opinions here -- at the time I was barely aware of its existence and in no way involved. Amazed how well these people remember the details of what happened and when.Just a little bit of it tho: Origins: Van Halen viewed a precursor/antecedent -- just what got others thinking maybe they could do something new.,. So they don't figure in much of this. Skeptics abound -it was seen as 'dinosaur rock' by the biz, as punk was just a few years old, poppy new wave was big stuff that record companies were focused on. Then-new MTV also really not on board at very start-- took some arm twisting So the true believers had to put a new look on things to get noticed . But things get moving around 1980. Geography : It was an almost entirely an LA scene -- East coast offers up Twisted Sister, Cinderella, Skid Row and some lesser names like Britny Fox. There were East coast transplants to LA, like what turned into Poison was. Skid Row was sort of a BonJovi sponsored offshoot but it appears BonJovi was not quite as genuinely of the genre, and now of course he positions himself as an NJ Springsteen-bro kind of guy.Much of this LA based- bit is just that it was better suited for a social scene to happen .. more than NYC. One of two chapters on the various clubs/venues also and their differences Not too much Euro hair, but Scorpions, Def Leppard are here. Gender: Clearly a male dominated scene: Lita Ford and a group called Vixen are pretty much only X chromosome performers included here, but a number of gals appear as in-the-biz or hangers-on, fans, etc. Bands: Most that were any kind of presence are covered. Main point is that the big winner in first 1/2 of 80s was Motley Crue and 2nd half of 80s was Guns/Roses. Of the period players, there was Ratt, Skid Row, Poison, Great White, Faster Pussycat, and Warrant, etc. Winger too, but somehow they became a joke or a meme as it might be called now. Quiet Riot viewed as a breakthough point where they opened a door in 1983 but then got run over by other groups.Some serious personal dislikes existed like this Dokken dude and some guy George Lynch and there was real competition and some hard feelings formed. Some guys were in fact real jerks and some looking back 35 years express some regret, basically admitting to this. Sexist misogyny? Absolutely. Not to mention mind-bending drug and alcohol use, and most bands lived in total squalor in/around LA. Business (labels, radio)-- the good and less good. Some were true believers, others just looking for a buck and ran for the hatches once the roof started caving in. Some jerks on both side of biz-types. MTV, in the pre internet era, has an outsized influence on what is seen. FM stations somewhat easier as there was more than one. Self promotion was the order of the day with competition of what bands put out the most flyers to promote a show. Most really worked hard at this. Decline: Way down in luck by 1990, so it perfectly spanned the prior decade. Nirvana / grunge often blamed, but some players own up and say the genre was spent, played out with too many bands that looked and sounded too much alike and visual overkill in shows couldn't progress beyond a certain point. Some kept on in the small clubs and state fairs, etc. Revival Everything old is new again, and a new generation discovers Mom and Dad music. Some of the biggies are heading out this summer on a package tour with Motley Crue headling. Get your shots and get your tix.