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4.0 out of 5 stars AN IMPORTANT SOURCE DOCUMENT OF R N R HISTORY, 9 July 1998
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tHIS BOOK IS CLEARLY ONE OF THE SOURCE DOCUMENTS THAT ANYONE WHO SERIOUSLY CONSIDERS ROCK N ROLL TO BE A UNIQUE AMERICAN ART FORM OF THE LATTER PART OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
tHOUGH NOT THE BEST OF ITS TYPE, IT RANKS CLEARLY IN THE TOP 10.
THE PREMISE OF THE TITLE, THAT DOO WOP MUSIC (OR BETTER REFERRED TO AS R&B GROUP HARMONY MUSIC) IS FORGOTTEN BY TOO MANY ROCK AND ROLL "HISTORIANSD" IS FULLY CORRECT. tHIS MUSIC IS THE ESSENCE OF ROCK N ROLL IN ITS PUREST FORM....LONG BEFORE THE SO CALLED GIANTS OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY CANNED AND PACKAGED, AND IN SOME WAYS DESTROYED, THIS PURE PRODUCT. TO SING OR RECORD DOO WOP MUSIC, YOU DID NOT NEED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF EQUIPMENT, AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF STUDIO TIME. ALL THAT WAS NEEDED WAS 4 OR 4 HONEST VOICES AND MAYBE 3 OR FOUR INSTRUMENTS IN THE BACKGROUND.
DO NOT EXPECT TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT PAT BOONE OR OTHER RIP OFF ARTISTS IN THIS BOOK....WHILE WHITE GROUPS WHO SAND SANITIZED VERSIONS OF BALCK DOO WOP SONGS MAY BE INCLUDED, THE REAL STARS OF THIS BOOK ARE THE UNKNOWN BLACK ARTISTS WHOSE MUSIC WAS STOLEN FROM THEM. FOR FANS OF SUCH CLASSIC GROUPS LIKE THE MOONGLOWS, PLATTERS, DUBS AND SHELLS, THERE IS GOOD INFORMATION IN THIS BOOK. FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN THE MORE OBSCURE AND ESOTERIC GROUPS AND RECORDING (E. G., CAN'T HELP LOVIN THAT GIRL OF MINE - THE HIDE-A-WAYS, GET YOURSELF ANOTHER FOOL - THE TEMPOTONES, HEARTS DESIRE - THE AVALONS) YOU'LL FIND USEFUL INFORMATION HERE TOO.
THE BOOK CONTAINS SOME ERRORS WHICH ONE HOPES WILL BE CORRECTED IN LATER EDITIONS, BUT THESE DO NOT DETRACT FROM THE BASIC VALUE OF THE BOOK.
IT MAY BE USED BY THE NOVICE AS WELL AS THE HARDCORE COLLECTOR, THOUGH THE LATTER WILL UNDOUBTABLE FIND ITS FLAWS.
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