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Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era
     

Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era

by Bruce Morrow, Rich Maloof, Neil Sedaka (Foreword by), T. J. Lubinsky (Introduction)
 

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The spirit of the doo wop era, captured in spectacular visuals! This landmark volume by radio legend “Cousin Brucie” Morrow—now in paperback—not only revisits the gorgeous, lilting harmonies of unforgettable doo wop favorites, but also traces music, politics, art, architecture, and popular culture from doo wop’s 1940s roots up into the

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The spirit of the doo wop era, captured in spectacular visuals! This landmark volume by radio legend “Cousin Brucie” Morrow—now in paperback—not only revisits the gorgeous, lilting harmonies of unforgettable doo wop favorites, but also traces music, politics, art, architecture, and popular culture from doo wop’s 1940s roots up into the sixties. Much like the best-selling title Hippie, chapters are filled with priceless memorabilia from the period, including duotone and full-color archival photography, posters, album covers, newspaper articles, magazine covers, lyrics, and more.

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When it comes to doo wop, a pop music style Morrow describes as "vocal harmony + rock 'n' roll," the legendary DJ leaves no stone unturned as he traces the music back to its roots in early African-American slave songs. From there, he follows doo wop from its birth and its heyday in the '50s to its decline in the late '60s. As Morrow outlines the specific era of doo wop, he also gives sidebars on the groups-from superstars like the Platters to one-hit wonders like the Chords-that made it big during those years. As would be expected from a man who made his living behind the mike, Morrow displays a comfortable, conversational writing style that works well in this picture-heavy format (e.g., he writes of the romantic appeal of drive-ins: "Funny how their popularity coincided with the Baby Boom, huh?"). While the music history is the driving force behind this coffee-table tome, it's the cultural asides on topics as diverse as the era's people (Marilyn Monroe, Edward R. Murrow), places (diners, the Automat), sports (Jackie Robinson), politics (the red scare, JFK), kitsch (T-Birds, TV dinners) and entertainment (I Love Lucy, The Wild Ones) that will take readers back to America's golden age. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402775116
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
975,867
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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