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Lonnie Donegan and the Birth of British Rock & Roll Hardcover – 29 Oct 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Patrick Humphies has written about the "difficult Donegan" whilst also recognising his many qualities and his MASSIVE contribution to British popular music.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A most informative and enjoyable read. Have always loved the music of Lonnie D . Recently had my interest reawakened at The Swanage blues festival when hearing Richie Milton and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr. D. Spooner
This book begins in the 1950's and covers a period when I was in my teens and 20's - spot on! I was a big Donegan fan and many aspects of this well written book gave me the... Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2015 by Mr. Godfrey William Cooke
An excellent book that had me avidly turning the pages. Full of facts about Lonnie and the birth of rock and roll in the UK. Superbly written.Published on 5 Jan. 2015 by malcw
This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of British Rock 'N' Roll and Pop. You won't be disappointed.Published on 30 Mar. 2014 by Paul R. Solosy
ARRIVED IN GREAT TIME AND AN EXCELLENT PURCHASE. WOUD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE BIRTH OF ROCK AND ROLL, A VERU APT TITLE.Published on 3 Aug. 2013 by David B. Davies
The birth of British Rock and Roll. Lonnie Donegan - He started it all. Excellent reading. Touches all areas of this great entertainer's life from the beginnings, through the... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2013 by Brian
great! the great lonnie donegan in most of the english rock & roll fans opinion the only good english singer ever although classed as skiffle we class him as rock & roll allmost! Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2013 by Thomas
Bought it for a guitarist and he thinks it is great - well researched and well written. The book arrived on time and well packaged.Published on 15 Jan. 2013 by Cally
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