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Will You Love Me Tomorrow?- The Girl Groups Of The 50s & 60s
Will You Love Me Tomorrow?- The Girl Groups Of The 50s & 60s
Price: £4.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better, 12 Nov 2012
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THERES good and bad with this 50 track double CD.Bad first, around about half of the tracks here in all honesty are real clunkers that should never have seen the light of day again some approaching a standard below B side filler.Good news the remaining tracks are in the main top class gems. Most listeners will be aquainted with the classic Will you Love me Tomorrow by the Shirelles this is joined by Please Mr Postman ,The Marvelettes and Down the Aisle of Love, by the Quintones all top class A couple of other gems worth mentioning are I Love How You Love me, The Paris Sisters and There's No Other Like My Baby ,The Crystals ,both outstanding generic successors to The Teddy Bears ,To Know Him is To Love Him ,all bearing the unmistakeable stamp of Phil Spector.Early Supremes tracks show the talent that was to come and the Angels please with A Moment Ago and Til.For the money I paid under £3 not too bad ,good for putting on whilst getting ready for a night out or cleaning the car.If One Day Music could have just strengthend their track list they would have had a real winner on their hands.


Dewey and Elvis: The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Deejay (Music in American Life)
Dewey and Elvis: The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Deejay (Music in American Life)
by Louis Cantor
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars All you will ever need to know about one of America's most outrageous DJs, 12 Nov 2012
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To early fifties American teens Dewey Phillips the originator and king pin of Memphis radio show ,Red,Hot and Blue must have seemed like nothing else on earth compared to the staid listening habits of their parents. Perhaps today we can view Dewey's maniacal outpourings as being rather tame compared to those of the more recent shock jocks but back then, south of the Mason Dixon he was a sensation .His fame would probably still have stood the test of time even if he had not been the most fervent advocate of the advancement of another sensation in the making ,Elvis. This book tells of Dewey's rise to fame ,the uneasy mistrust he invoked in radio station bosses due to his unpredictability,his friendship with Presley which in the end became an embarrassment due to Dewey's drinking and drug abuse and creates for the reader a good feel about Memphis ,Beale Street and racialism around the dawn of the Rock n Roll era .Author Louis Cantor who was at Humes High School at the same time as Elvis has written a well crafted book perhaps I feel a little repetitive and flushed out in places to fill it's 287 pages but all in all a worthy addition to the library of any Rock n Roll scholar.


The Chitlin' Circuit: and the Road to Rock
The Chitlin' Circuit: and the Road to Rock
by Preston Lauterbach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chillin' on the Chitlin', 9 Nov 2012
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First of all let me explain that this is no lightweight read. Hours of research and what appears to be meticulously recorded facts go to make this a very good run up from the 1930s into the sixties giving the reader the down and often dirty history of African American music from jazz to rock n roll. Some of the characters like Don Robey of Duke -Peacock records fame were well known to me and would be to any other student of fifties black music but others such as Sax Kari ,Denver Ferguson,Walter Barnes were new names that as described in this book helped to fill in the missing parts of the jigsaw of the black artists and promoters and club owners who through their sheer will to overcome prejudice ,corrupt police and city officials gave via the chitlin cicuit black patrons the entertainment that they craved. Lauterbach is a white writer but he evokes the feeling and mood of places like Beale Street,and the black owned clubs[most a huge jump up from the country juke joints] with an authenticity that you almost think he was a frequent visitor to them. Plenty of stories about Louis Jordan ,Big Mama Thornton ,Little Richard,Johnny Ace,Roy Brown and others, illustrated with well reproduced photos plus an index this book is probably not a casual read but a historical often funny ,often shocking account of a time that is fast fading from memory.


Looking Back to See: A Country Music Memoir
Looking Back to See: A Country Music Memoir
by Maxine Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.31

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE BROWNS., 28 Aug 2012
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Maxine Brown along with her sister Bonnie and brother Jim Ed made up the singing trio The Browns.their biggest hit on both sides of the Atlantic was The Three Bells .In this book Maxine tells how even with a big No1 record you must still be very aware of the skulduggery and pitfalls of the music industry .Maxine writes in an easy, readable down home style and tells their story ,the highs and the lows ,being ripped off by promoters and managers ,help from an equally struggling Jim Reeves ,their friendship with Elvis and Bonnie's brief love affair with him and the harsh realities of dealing with record companies .She witnessed the birth of Rock n Roll and the Nashville sound era in country music.The Browns home life is well described as are tales of concert tours and hitting the black top, the struggle of their parents to create restaurant and supper clubs and the fires that destroyed them. To be honest I did not know an awful lot about the Browns prior to reading this book but I took a chance with it and I am sure if you like country music and Americana of the 50s and 60s you will find this a fascinating story. Plenty of black and white photos ,an index plus a glossary giving brief details of some of the people written about in the book from Roy Acuff to Faron Young.


Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom
Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom
by Peter Guralnick
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Stax of Facts, 22 July 2012
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Having read several other books by Peter Guralnick I certainly wasn't disappointed with the thoroughness with which he tackled this subject On the whole it is a very well researched account mainly of the Stax label and Muscle Shoals with a side order of Atlantic and sixties soul artists such as Sam Cooke and Ray Charles included for good measure.Where Guralnick disappoints in my opinion is that the writing is flat and lacks the flair and excitement which makes you want to press on and not just treat the book as a work of reference Any one who has read music books by Nick Tosches will understand,Tosches writes as Guralnick giving you all the facts on a subject but he infuses it with his own unique flair that makes you always want to turn the page.If you have little knowledge of Southern Soul then this book will give all the facts you need but for some it may seem like a long haul.


Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll
Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll
by Rick Coleman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep Walking to New Orleans, 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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