Go Cat Go!: Rockabilly Music and Its Makers

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Go Cat Go! is the first solid overview of rockabilly, from its crystallization as a recognizable style in 1954 with Elvis Presley's first release through its fadeout at the end of the 1950s and subsequent revival in the late 1970s. Craig Morrison's lively account will bring back memories of "Blue Suede Shoes," "Be-Bop-A-Lula," Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, and more. Morrison defines the genre, plots its historical and stylistic development, identifies its main performers and ...
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Overview

Go Cat Go! is the first solid overview of rockabilly, from its crystallization as a recognizable style in 1954 with Elvis Presley's first release through its fadeout at the end of the 1950s and subsequent revival in the late 1970s. Craig Morrison's lively account will bring back memories of "Blue Suede Shoes," "Be-Bop-A-Lula," Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, and more. Morrison defines the genre, plots its historical and stylistic development, identifies its main performers and recordings, and presents the who, what, where, and when of the music. He draws on personal and published interviews, printed sources, his own vast record collection, and his insights as a professional musician in re-creating country music's romance with rhythm and blues, which exploded into rockabilly, a music form once described by Carl Perkins as "a country man's song with a black man's rhythm." Characterized by its identifiable country and rhythm and blues inflections, blues structures, the use of an echo effect, a wild or extreme vocal style, a strong rhythm and beat, and an obvious Presley influence, rockabilly peaked rapidly and all but disappeared just as rapidly. Revived in the late 1970s with bands like the Stray Cats, rockabilly is now popular from Japan to Finland.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780252065385
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Music in American Life Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2001

    Rockabilly all the way!!!

    I thought the book was terrific if you're interested in learning about rockabilly. I am a little biased however because Craig Morrison is also a University professor and I took his course 'rock and roll and its roots'. The text for the class was obviously 'Go cat go' ..... worthwhile read none the less!! Morrison knows what he's talking about, check out his web page for yourself, or come to Quebec Canada and take his course at Concordia University!

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