Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis

Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis

by Nick Tosches
     
 

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Long before Elvis Presley entered Sam Phillips's Sun Records studio in 1954, rock 'n' roll was being performed and recorded by the likes of Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, the Clovers, the Dominoes, the Midnighters, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Wanda Jackson, and Johnny Ace. More than just a series of shrewd and evocative portraits of these and sixteen other

Overview

Long before Elvis Presley entered Sam Phillips's Sun Records studio in 1954, rock 'n' roll was being performed and recorded by the likes of Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, the Clovers, the Dominoes, the Midnighters, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Wanda Jackson, and Johnny Ace. More than just a series of shrewd and evocative portraits of these and sixteen other performers, this book is also a paean to a forsaken time of relentless excess, sudden ruin, and fierce music. For this edition, the author has contributed a new listing of recent CD reissues. From 1945 to 1955, from Chinese hillbillies to Elvis's long-lost twin brother, here are the Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306808913
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Edition description:
1 DA CAPO
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
690,542
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Nick Tosches is the author of Hellfire, Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll, Power on Earth, Cut Numbers, Dino, and Trinities.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
1949
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey
Education:
High school

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