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3.0 out of 5 stars Looks good but some inexcuseable faults, 26 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Complete Illustrated History (Hardcover)
This is a very impressive looking book packed with lots of pics and with some heavyweight contributors including Greil Marcus & Peter Guralnick. I've only just got the book and haven't read it yet but just flicking through it, i've found some inexcusable mistakes. Number one being a whole page feature on "Fake" Rockabilly artist Jerry J Nixon. The Jerry J Nixon story was invented about 10 years ago by Voodoo Rhythm records in Switzerland. They are modern recordings made to sound old (although only the most cloth-est of cloth ears would be fooled- sorry Cosmic K). Voodoo Rhythm made up a great and elaborate story about Mr Nixon, did some fake but reasonably authentic looking pics and invented a label called Q Records (it's self a spoof of the X label). I find it incredible that this could be included in this book. This goes to prove that the editor obviously knows or cares very little about Rockabilly. A lot of the record labels used as illustrations throughout the book are of Bootlegs. There are six pages on the Stray Cats but only four on Charlie Feathers, that can't really be fair can it?. There is some really good stuff too, with long articles on Pat Cupp & Glen Glenn amongst others but this book should have been given to somebody who actually knows about the music to be proofed before it went to print. For a more accurate history of Rockabilly check out Max Décharné's great "Rocket In My Pocket" book.
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Initial post: 23 May 2012 09:57:38 BDT
P. MCCLEAN says:
Nice one. Was tempted, as a present for someone, but wont bother now
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