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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; New Ed edition (24 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306815311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306815317
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"(Blue Monday) is not just a masterly biography, boasting rare access to its reclusive subject... but an expansive social and musical history, of how 1950s America spawned rock'n'roll, and how rock'n'roll changed America...Excellent." The Guardian"

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Rick Coleman’s work has appeared in Offbeat, Goldmine, Billboard, and Rolling Stone, and in liner notes for the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard. He lives outside New Orleans.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul Harris on 2 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the book you Fats fans have been waiting for all these years, the Fats Domino story - warts and all. Well-researched and written (it took 20 years!) not only is the Domino tale told by Rick Coleman from his many interview sessions with Fats (a wonder in itself considering Fats' well-known reluctance to face such burdens) but it is set in the racial environment of the time with all that involved. And it goes from Fats' early years in the ninth ward of New Orleans right up to the horrors he suffered as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the rescue from his flooded house. There is plenty of information about the musical side of Fats' life as well as the personal side. And loads of rare photographs are included. Get it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Morley on 21 Jan. 2007
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An enthralling biography of Fats Domino - "Blue Monday" Fats Domino and the last dawn of Rock & Roll - I couldn't put it down. I've been waiting for years to read a book as interesting as this, being a life long fan of Fats Domino.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie-T on 31 Mar. 2012
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This Is a fantastic well researched tribute to one of the greatest Rock'n'Roll artistes of all time,and should be part of anybody's book collection,even if you're not a fan of Fats Domino.A fabulous book,worth every penny.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geffers on 26 Feb. 2012
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Although Fats Domino did not suffer as badly as some black music stars from racial prejudice that was so prevalent during the birth of Rock n Roll it seems inconceivable today to read of stars of his magnitude being turned away from hotels or even whole towns while on tours across the country.This well written biography charts it all as one would expect from his humble beginnings to being a somewhat these days forgotten legend.Fats Domino's story isn't perhaps as racy or outrageous as that of say Chuck or Jerry Lee and that means this book is more for the avid R&R fan than the casual reader. The author makes a good job of detailing how Fats came to record each number and all the big names of the New Orleans music scene such as Dave Bartholomew and Cosimo Matassa are given equal billing.Good selection of photos plus a Bibliography and index but sadly no discography a terrible omission in a book about a man who sold over a hundred million copies .Rick Coleman has certainly not short changed The Fat Man and neither will you be if you purchase this book
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By Mr. M. C. Murphy on 11 Mar. 2015
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One of the best books about popular music I've read. Though as it takes a linear form it does suffer from Fat's slowing down and quietening of career. however it's indespensible for anyone wanting to get a handle on New Orleans, R&B and Rock N' Roll.
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