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Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography [Hardcover]

Jerry Leiber
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9 Jun 2009
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller shaped the rock and roll era this is their story in their own words. In 1950 a couple of rhythm and blues-loving teenagers named Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met for the first time. Leiber was looking for someone to help compose music for lyrics he'd written, and a friend recommended a piano player named Mike Stoller. They discovered their mutual affection for R&B, and, as Jerry and Mike put it in this fascinating autobiography, it was the beginning of an argument that has been going on for more than fifty years with no resolution in sight.

With the assistance of David Ritz, they describe what it was like when Elvis was a fresh new face and when two young guys with tons of talent and an insatiable love of good old American R&B could create the soundtrack for a generation and have a great time doing it.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (9 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416559388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416559382
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Knew all about Leiber and Stoller... I loved what they did. --Ray Charles

They showed me what musical creativity is all about. --Smokey Robinson --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jerry Leiber was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 25, 1933, and Mike Stoller was born in Queens, New York, on March 13, 1933. They first met in Los Angeles in 1950, moved to New York in 1957 and returned to L.A. in 1989, where they both still reside. They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Leiber & Stoller autobiography 28 Sep 2011
The two great names of 50 & 60s American songwriters, the late Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, tell their story. But this isn't a dry autobiography; it's a conversation with the two composers taking it in turns to recount anecdotes from significant points in their story. If you're into this type of music, you'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what my wife wanted 19 April 2013
By AJE17
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As the title Just what my wife wanted. Mostly because she worked in the music industry during the 60's and 70's
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Leiber and Stoller story 19 April 2013
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
As a teenager in the 60s when I heard the original version of the blues song 'Hound dog' by Big Mama Thornton I couldn't believe how good it was, especially in comparison to the Elvis Presley version and I was even more amazed when I later heard that this seminal R&B record had been written not by two old Southern black bluesmen but by two Jewish teenagers from Los Angeles - Messrs Leiber and Stoller. They wrote many other classic R&B, rock and roll and pop songs and were only rivalled by Chuck Berry in writing mini-soap operas celebrating modern American teenage life. They also worked as producers with many other R&B and pop acts including the Coasters, the Drifters, the Clovers, the Shangri-Las, the Dixie Cups etc as well as later working on more 'mature' material with Peggy Lee. You can hear examples of all these songs in the musical 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' which is a thoroughly enjoyable celebration of the writers' craft.

I really admire their song writing which totally captured the spirit of teenage America with wit and real insight and therefore I was a bit disappointed by this book, written in collaboration with David Ritz, which I didn't think matched the high standard of their songs. It does tell the story of their meeting and early attempts at songwriting in LA, their association with Speciality Records and how their early songs were covered by Jimmy Witherspoon, Charles Brown, Little Willie Littlefield and Wilbert Harrison. Then the move to New York where they worked in the Brill Building, with Atlantic Records and started their own Red Bird record label.
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