2016 Book Reviews 271 contribution to both the creation of the cultural identity of Texas Mexi- cans and the economics of the Texas Triangle. Texas Christian University Jessica Webb I’ve Been Out There: On the Road with Legends of Rock ’n’ Roll. By Grady Gaines with Rod Evans. (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2015. Pp. 192. Photographs, index.) In this memoir about the heyday of rock n’ roll, Grady Gaines, a saxo- phonist, in collaboration with Rod Evans, a journalist, brings the reader into the musical world of African Americans during the long 1960s, a period from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. It was a time of tremen- dous cultural, social, and racial change in Texas, the United States, and the world. One manifestation of those changes was the proliferation and acceptance of various forms of African American music in the popular culture. And Grady Gaines and his various bands were an integral part of the change that, musically, ushered in a new era in histor y. Born in 1934 in the rural East Texas town of Waskom, Grady Gaines came of age in the Fifth Ward of Houston. There, Gaines developed his interest in the saxophone first
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