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Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll Paperback – 23 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; New Ed edition (23 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 (12 customer reviews)
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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"

About the Author

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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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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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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This is a well-researched and much-needed biography of the king of New Orleans rock. The level of detail is astounding, and Coleman throws so much light on the early days of rock 'n' roll and the people who influenced its growth. He gives a particularly good account of the barriers that black musicians in the South and elsewhere in the US had to overcome in order to be heard, to be treated with respect and in general to break through to white audiences. I grew up in the fifties and sixties and waited eagerly for each new Fats Domino record to become available in the UK, and had always felt he didn't get recognition on the same scale as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis or Elvis Presley. This book goes some way towards dealing with that injustice. It deserves a wide readership among music aficionados of all ages.
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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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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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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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