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Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Old school rockin'

    Atlanta, Georgia- Living in the south, there is a certain underground Rockabilly scene in Atlanta, filled with tattoo pin up girls, fast cars with event faster tempo music, these aficionados go all out to transform into the flash and dash rebels that personify defiance to authority. Today and then, these rockabilly followers don’t fit anywhere else, so they come together in community. What I knew about the genre was what I had seen firsthand. Now with reading Rockabilly: The Twang Heard ‘Round the World I am well verse with grasp of what truly makes up Rockabilly.
    In the most beautifully presented first illustrated history of rockabilly: Rockabilly: The Twang Heard ‘Round the World edited by Michael Dregni is the ultimate collectors piece of any lover of this music or those who want to know the pre splash before modern rock & roll.
    Rockabilly has many definitions, but it is mix of country, hillbilly, rock & roll and filled with a quick twang of the strings but it’s intensity in three or four years of its glory days in the 50s it changed music forever. The father of this distinct sound is attributed to Elvis Presley who on July 5, 1954 with the recording for his “That’s All Right” in Memphis’ Sun Studios gave birth to an amazing sound.
    What makes this book different than any other is that it has more than 600 full color photographs and illustrations of individuals, instruments, and posters that take you on a nostalgic journey into the evolution of Rockabilly. The wild outfits, the characters in the musicians and the innocence of a world that was filled with possibilities.
    Throughout the book there are interviews plus reminiscences from as far back as Carl Perkins and Wanda Jackson to modern hipsters like Brian Setzer and the Rev. Horton Heat to list only a few.
    Don’t miss out to own a classic that will be a shared heirloom to any library. This is more than a reference, it is a scrap book of a sound that still very much an underground sound.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011


    It's a little hard to tell right now how much I like this book since it's been about a month now and it still has not shipped. I have not had a chance to review it yet.

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