Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips

Author: Peter Guralnick

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780297856542

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Rock 'n' roll was born in rural Alabama, 1923, in the form of Sam Phillips, the youngest son of a large family living in a remote colony called the Lovelace Community. His father had a gift for farming, which was brought to an end by the Depression. His mother picked guitar and showed the kind of forbearance that allowed her to name her son after the doctor who delivered him drunk and then had to be put to bed himself. And yet from these unprepossessing origins, in 1951 Phillips made what is widely considered to be the first rock 'n' roll record, Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston's 'Rocket 88'. Just two years later a shy eighteen-year-old kid with sideburns, fresh out of high school, wandered into his recording studio to make a record 'for his mother', secretly hoping that it might somehow get him noticed. His name was Elvis Presley. Elvis's success, and the subsequent triumph of rock 'n' roll, was initially propelled to an almost astonishing degree by a limited number of releases by Carl 'Blue Suede Shoes' Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis - all from this tiny, one-man label. An engaging mix of biography and anecdote, Peter Guralnick's book brilliantly recreates one shining moment in the history of popular culture. And Sam Phillips was the man who brought it all about.

Sam Phillips
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Peter Guralnick
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-12 - Publisher: Hachette UK

Rock 'n' roll was born in rural Alabama, 1923, in the form of Sam Phillips, the youngest son of a large family living in a remote colony called the Lovelace Community. His father had a gift for farming, which was brought to an end by the Depression. His mother picked
Dead Elvis
Language: en
Pages: 233
Authors: Greil Marcus
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: Harvard University Press

Listening in on public conversation that recreates Elvis after death, Marcus tracks Presley's resurrection. He grafts together snatches of film, music, books, newspapers, photos, posters, and cartoons, and amazes us with what America has been saying as it raises its late king--and also what this obsession with dead Elvis says
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Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Louis Cantor
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-10-01 - Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Beginning in 1949, while Elvis Presley and Sun Records were still virtually unknown--and two full years before Alan Freed famously "discovered" rock 'n' roll--Dewey Phillips brought rock 'n' roll to the Memphis airwaves by playing Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and Muddy Waters on his nightly radio show Red, Hot
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Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Susan Ware
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-07-13 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The pages of the past are full of characters who remind us that history depends upon the great deeds of men and women, whether famous or humble. Where would America be without George Washington, or Daniel Boone, or Sojourner Truth, or Babe Ruth? Where would we be without so many
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Language: en
Pages: 468
Authors: Craig Werner
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-01-09 - Publisher: University of Michigan Press

The new edition of the groundbreaking chronicle of forty years of black music in America