The History of Rock & Roll

The History of Rock & Roll

Volume One, 1920-1963

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Ed Ward covers the first half of the history of rock & roll in this sweeping and definitive narrative--from the 1920s, when the music of rambling medicine shows mingled with the songs of vaudeville and minstrel acts to create the very early sounds of country and rhythm and blues, to the rise of the first independent record labels post-World War II, and concluding in December 1963, just as an immense change in the airwaves took hold and the Beatles prepared for their first American tour. The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1 shines a light on the far corners of the genre to reveal the stories behind the hugely influential artists who changed the musical landscape forever.

In this first volume of a two-part series, Ward shares his endless depth of knowledge and through engrossing storytelling hops seamlessly from Memphis to Chicago, Detroit, England, New York, and everywhere in between. He covers the trajectories of the big name acts like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles, while also filling in gaps of knowledge and celebrating forgotten heroes such as the Burnette brothers, the "5" Royales, and Marion Keisker, Sam Phillips's assistant, who played an integral part in launching Elvis's career.

For all music lovers and rock & roll fans, Ward spins story after story of some of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking moments in rock history, introducing us along the way to the musicians, DJs, record executives, and producers who were at the forefront of the genre and had a hand in creating the music we all know and love today.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250071163
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 War
Characteristics: xi, 402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Mark_Daly Aug 14, 2017

Highly readable, jam-packed, fast-paced narrative summarizes the rise of rock and roll, deftly incorporating the contributions of the legendary and the forgotten alike, from entrepreneurs, performers, songwriters, and promoters, to (possible) madmen and (certified) criminals. If there are gaps in your knowledge of American popular music, this will snap the puzzle pieces in place.

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