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Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock 'n' Roll Pioneers (Music in American Life) Hardcover – 2 Mar 2009

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (2 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 025203290X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252032905
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.1 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,377,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Broven ... keeps the text moving right along, his fill-in facts and explanations welcome, his segues from interviewees' words to his own smooth and easy.  The author clearly loves the music and holds the achievements of the record people in high regard, but he stays level-headed and avoids overpraising his heroes."--Downbeat


"A fascinating new book about the early independent labels of rock 'n' roll underscores again the central role that radio played in turning rock 'n' roll into the musical language of modern American popular culture. Record Makers and Breakers ... is a rich and engaging history of those early years, largely told through the words of the smart guys, hustlers and Runyonesque characters who shaped them". --New York Daily News


"Broven has put together a detailed and engrossing study of the independent record labels of the 1940s-70s. . . . An outstanding and important study that goes well beyond comparable predecessors; highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)




"4 stars. Welcome to a world filled with payola, the mob and jukebox sounds."--MOJO


"Covering the convoluted history of the recording industry from the 1940s to the 1960s, [Broven] combines in-depth archival research with fascinating anecdotes about chart-toppers, shady characters and label owners. . . . The impact of conniving entrepreneurs on the musicians and the layering of rich details and digressive detours as Broven traces the transition from R&B to rock make this equal to Roger D. Kinkle’s massive, four-volume Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz.--Publishers Weekly



"The depth of factual details is incredible, but it's presented in the style of a rich oral history . . . so as not to lose any of the flavour of their anecdotes. . . . It's a chronicle of the entrepreneurial American spirit, liberally punctuated by the creation of some of the most exciting and innovative music of all time."--Record Collector

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This engaging history of the independent rock 'n' roll record industry from its raw regional beginnings in the 1940s with R & B and hillbilly music through its decline in the 1960s combines narrative history with extensive oral history material from numerous recording pioneers. The rich oral histories provide abundant on-the-ground information about nurturing new artists such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and B. B. King and then losing them to the bigger labels; developing pressing plants, distribution centres, jukebox circuits, and disk jockey networks; financing these operations, often on shoestring budgets; and creating innovative approaches (including payola) to developing an audience.This exceptional volume contains the author's interviews with major players in the independent music scene, including Joe Bihari of Modern Records; Marshall Chess of Chess Records; Jerry Wexler, Ahmet Ertegun, and Miriam Bienstock of Atlantic Records; Sam Phillips of Sun Records; Art Rupe of Specialty Records; and many more.

Behind-the-scenes sources include London Records' remarkable Mimi Trepel; music publishers Gene Goodman and Freddy Bienstock; "The Cash Box" trade magazine editors Ira Howard, Irv Lichtman, and Marty Ostrow; disc jockey Bill "Hoss" Allen of Radio WLAC, Nashville; recording studio/label owner and erstwhile teenage jukebox operator Cosimo Matassa; and many, many others.

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