Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll


The critically acclaimed first-ever biography of New Orleans rock ’n’ roll legend Fats Domino by a writer who obtained exclusive access to the reclusive singer
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The critically acclaimed first-ever biography of New Orleans rock ’n’ roll legend Fats Domino by a writer who obtained exclusive access to the reclusive singer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306815317
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2007
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 688,026
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Coleman’s work has appeared in Offbeat, Goldmine, Billboard, and Rolling Stone, and in liner notes for the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard. He lives outside New Orleans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2008

    A reviewer

    The history of the evolution of R&B through the music of the 50's is revealing, nostalgic, entertaining and informative. The book details the story of Fats Domino and paints a picture of New Orleans music. It provides the reader with a picture of the difficult times that African American musicians had in having their musical talents reoognized. Outstanding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2006

    An instant classic of New Orleans rhythm and blues & rock n¿ roll

    I have been fortunate enough to read an advance of this great book. As a fairly knowledgeable and well read music fan this book was a real eye opener on the importance of Mr. Domino in the history of rock n¿ roll. Mr. Coleman does a tremendous job of not only revealing the stature of Fat¿s own work but also places it in rich gumbo that is the of history of New Orleans rhythm and blues and rock n¿ roll. Colman¿s deep devotion, love and knowledge of New Orleans indigenous music infuse this magnificent book. It is critical to note that Fats¿ as both a man and a musician is so deeply embedded in his beloved city of New Orleans that there would have been no way to properly write his story without giving it this context. Consequently we not only have the story of Fat¿s, we learn about the important contributions of arranger Dave Bartholomew, band leader Herbert Hardesty, the great New Orleans engineer and studio master Cosimo Matassa and dozens of other colorful folk that had a hand in the story. Extensive personal interviews with the principles and over 20 years of local research have gone into writing this fine story, i.e. this is NOT one of those ¿hit and run¿ professional, biographies. Overriding the narrative at hand is Mr. Coleman¿s premise (as implied in the title) that New Orleans is truly the birthplace of rock n¿ roll, and it is a point he makes with intelligence, force and wit. All this makes ¿Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll¿ required reading for not only fans of the GREAT Fats Domino but of students of rhythm and blues, rock n¿ roll and New Orleans music in general and will become, along with the works of John Broven, Jeff Hannusch and others required reading for all fans New Orleans rhythm and blues, rock n¿ roll and indeed of anyone interested in American roots or popular music.

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