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

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It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock ?n? roll and ruling the world. Here?s the story of Elvis Presley?s first Sun records that inspired all. And here?s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955?1959, in a book chock full of photos, collectible memorabilia, movie posters, rare records, fashion, and rebel lifestyle. ...

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Overview

It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock ’n’ roll and ruling the world. Here’s the story of Elvis Presley’s first Sun records that inspired all. And here’s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955–1959, in a book chock full of photos, collectible memorabilia, movie posters, rare records, fashion, and rebel lifestyle. Includes contributions from noted music journalists Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, and more.

The story continues today, with a rockabilly revival that began with stars, such as the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading around the globe from Europe to Japan. Today, rockabilly is better than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton Heat and others playing the music and living the life from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo. There’s still good rockin’ tonight!

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Publishers Weekly
Born out of Elvis Presley's improvisational cut of That's All Right recorded at Sun Records in 1954, Rockabilly's time under the spotlight was brief, but its reverberating influence still rings true. This illustrated history, much like the music, is a frantic journey, full of passion and charisma. A blend of bluegrass, jazz, and Hillbilly that predates both rock 'n' roll and country, the origins of the term "Rockabilly" eludes even its most famous figures. Burgess's tales of touring with Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison make clear that showmanship was prerequisite to the style that encompassed such greats as Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Interviews with lesser known musicians like Charlie Feathers give the story a personal touch. In varying manifestations, bona fide Rockabilly principles have endured from the 1970s European revival, through the brash "Psychobilly" of The Stray Cats and The Cramps, and on to the current new wave. Over 600 photographs and images of original tour posters, vinyl sleeves, and paraphernalia provide an electrifying account orchestrated with an authenticity that only adds to its already overwhelming worldwide appeal. Photos.
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Gatehouse News Service
“…a compelling, fascinating collection that finally gives a brash, revolutionary musical style its due, and reminds us that even though it was short lived, it never really went away.”

Publishers Weekly

“Born out of Elvis Presley’s improvisational cut of That’s All Right recorded at Sun Records in 1954, Rockabilly’s time under the spotlight was brief, but its reverberating influence still rings true. This illustrated history, much like the music, is a frantic journey, full of passion and charisma. A blend of bluegrass, jazz, and Hillbilly that predates both rock ’n’ roll and country, the origins of the term “Rockabilly” eludes even its most famous figures. Burgess’s tales of touring with Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison make clear that showmanship was prerequisite to the style that encompassed such greats as Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Interviews with lesser known musicians like Charlie Feathers give the story a personal touch. In varying manifestations, bona fide Rockabilly principles have endured from the 1970s European revival, through the brash “Psychobilly” of The Stray Cats and The Cramps, and on to the current new wave. Over 600 photographs and images of original tour posters, vinyl sleeves, and paraphernalia provide an electrifying account orchestrated with an authenticity that only adds to its already overwhelming worldwide appeal.”

Lincoln Star Journal
“This 232-page coffee-table book is filled with more than 600 photographs, concert posters, images of album covers and 45s and other memorabilia. So I've spent several nights just looking at the pictures. I haven't read most of the text, which includes essays by Peter Guralnick and Greil Marcus among others and quotes and quips from rockabillies like Sonny Burgess, who wrote the intro, and the great Wanda Jackson. Covering the movement from its 1950s explosion, with a lot on Sun Records, to contemporary purveyors of the vintage sound, the book is a must if you're a rockabilly fanatic like me.”

Monsters and Critics
“A colorful collection of great anecdotes and art, this new gift book is filled with all kinds of photos and images of movie posters, rare records and movie memorabilia from the early days of rock and roll."

The Big Takeover.com, May 9, 2011
"Rockabilly: The Twang Hear ‘Round The World is loud, brash and full of attitude. Just like the music itself. The book succeeds on all fronts… it’s highly informative and a lot of fun to read. Highly recommended.”

Examiner.com, May 13, 2011

“In Rockabilly: The Twang Heard Round World, editor Michael Dregni does a remarkable job of highlighting the genre via beautiful color and black and white photos – everything from old flyers and pins, to concert shots and close ups of the instruments the legends played - and write ups of some of the genre’s greats, everyone from Elvis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins to the Stray Cats and the Rev. Horton Heat.”

Rockabilly Hall of Fame (online), May 13, 2011
“This is one of the best books I've ever seen about rockabilly history. Its layout is dripping with 230 colorful informative pages containing comments, quotes and interviews. You will be impressed with its photographs of artists, posters, guitars, record labels, etc. It is reasonably priced and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves rockabilly music ... whether you are a veteran fan, a collector, or one who is new to this genre."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760340622
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Includes stories from Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, Deke Dickerson, and more. Includes stories from Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, Deke Dickerson, and more. Includes stories from Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, Deke Dickerson, and more. Includes stories from Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, Deke Dickerson, and more. Includes stories from Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, Deke Dickerson, and more.

Michael Dregni is the author of Inside Ferrari, an engineering history of Ferrari automobiles, and two histories of motorscooters, Scooters! and Illustrated MotorScooter Buyer's Guide. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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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

    Rockabilly

    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.
    Phil

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