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Lonnie Donegan and the Birth of British Rock & Roll Hardcover – 29 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: The Robson Press; First Edition edition (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849543704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849543705
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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An engrossing new biography --Telegraph

Probably the most detailed ever analysis of skiffle and the changes it brought about on the wider music front, it explains how later pop groups were influenced by a man who never retired because he insisted on giving 100 per cent at all times. --Evergreen

About the Author

Patrick Humphries is the author of numerous musical biographies including the life stories of Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson and Bruce Springsteen.

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I run the Lonnie Donegan Discography web sites, so I know a thing or two about him.
This book in my opinion is the best ever written about The King Of Skiffle. It is a very easy to read book, Patrick Humphries, the author has a very flowing style of writing and has included within Lonnie's story the history of British Rock/Pop music. This book will take you back to the very grey days of 1931 when Lonnie was born. It moves through the years of his life nicely. It covers events such as in the early 50's when Ken Colyer worked his way to New Orleans to experience and learn from the best, then when he gets kicked out of The USA - No I will not say any more, I recommend that anyone interested in the history of British Rock/Pop to get this book. It is of course the story of Lonnie Donegan, but it covers so much more.
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I'm afraid I can't come to terms with the style of presenting a biography whereby the book is filled with quotations from the subject's admirers, few of the quotations saying anything of depth. Perhaps this shows the writer's shortcomings in not being prepared to incorporate the relevant details into the main text in his own writing style or maybe it was a race against the clock to get the book published and therefore an easy option. It is not the definitive biography that I had hoped for with no new information on Lonnie. The selection of photographs could have been more extensive and an index would have been useful. There is the odd error that I've noticed but what's new these days? The commentary on concurrent happenings in Britain's music scene doesn't really cut it for me and is better covered in other books. Sorry to be so negative but I don't honestly feel that this book covers Lonnie's life and times as well as other writers such as Spencer Leigh have done. One further thought - why was this book published now and not ten years ago?
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This is a very good book by Patrick Humphries about a man who was a MASSIVE influence on British pop music. Almost single handedly he created the Skiffle boom of the mid 1950's.Skiffle groups proliferated and evolved into the music revolution known as "Merseybeat". He also gave great impetus to the Folk Revival in the U.K. which also took place in the 1950's Like most great performers, and make no mistake, Donegan was an incredible live performer, he was a very complex individual who was not always easy to deal with.
Patrick Humphies has written about the "difficult Donegan" whilst also recognising his many qualities and his MASSIVE contribution to British popular music.
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Full marks to Patrick Humphries for this superb and much-needed book about Donegan, one of the UK's most important and under-rated musical icons, whose roots started in jazz before spreading to skiffle, rock & roll, country, folk and everything in between. The book is a real education about the the birth of British Rock & Roll - exactly as it says on the tin - and Humphries adds in plenty of useful social history, particularly of the '50s, that missing but oh so intriguing decade. He also makes it quite clear that Donegan wasn't the most popular person in the business, but thankfully it's the music and Lonnie's ability to keep at it for over half a century that makes such fascinating reading. This great biog might be overshadowed on the bookshelves by the likes of Townshend, Jagger, Lennon and Neil Young, but I have feeling that all of them (especially huge fan Lennon) would thoroughly endorse Humphries' stirling work in telling the story of the guy who literally started it all off, pre-Elvis.
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I really enjoyed this book. I wouldn't say I was a massive fan of Lonnie, but I've always been partial to his music. The book makes it clear how influential Donegan was to the development of popular music in the UK. It's interesting to read of his contemporaries' views on the man, and how important jazz, blues and country was on the young Tony Donegan (as he was then).

The author is obviously a firm acolyte of Lonnie Donegan, but does not fawn over him, especially when it comes to Lonnie's sometimes awkward personality with those in the business, although Humphries stresses how charming he always was to his fans.

I learnt so much about skiffle and look forward to investigating recordings in this genre, thanks to the author's enthusiasm.

Recommended.
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By J. Barry VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2013
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I have been trying to get a book about Lonnie Donegan that was authentic. This is the one and would highly recommend it to anyone like myself who considers Lonnie to be one of the greatest musical legends that this country has produced.
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This is a very good read, and incite into the man himself. I would recommend any modern music lover read this book. It doesn't answer all the questions, but really makes you think about how things developed. I never liked skiffle, still don't really, but I respect the enormous impact and influence Lonnie Dongan and his contemporaries had on the scene. Books like this tell a fabulous tale.
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Superb bio with real insight and affection for the subject and his music. Prickly man but real talent who introduced us to folk, blues and rock and roll before Haley and Elvis hit the scene and later The Beatles inspiration.
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