A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly Music
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A read as rip-roaring and exciting as the records and singers he eulogises. (Lois Wilson Mojo 2010-08-01)
The definitive book on rockabilly... tells you all you need to know (Andrew Weatherall BBC 6 Music 2010-08-08)
Magisterial (Peter Curran BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends 2010-08-07)
An immaculately researched and evangelically passionate tome... a pretty much definitive guide to this short-lived but sprawling genre. (Andrzej Lukowski Metro 2010-07-21)
If Rocket in My Pocket doesn't make you want to go out, get drunk, listen to Charlie Feathers and get into a fight, then you have no soul. (Janine and Lee Bullman Loud and Quiet 2010-09-01)
This is a great book... the most concise history of all things rockabilly that I've come across so far... informative and objective... Décharné writes well and has a great turn of phrase... a well-written and much-needed book. (Trevor Cajiao Now Dig This 2010-08-01)
Decharne sets down his case with liveliness and enthusiasm... There's no doubt that his passion for and knowledge of his subject are impressive, but his memories of the scene are priceless and worth a book on their own. (Gerry Ranson Rock'n'Reel 2011-02-01)
A Rocket in my Pocket is the story of rockabilly music, the '50s howl of rage that began rock and rollSee all Product description
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And don't forget to get the ACE CD 'soundtrack', it also have some pleasant surprises on it.
Rockabilly is traced back to country boogie and the string bands of the 20s and 30s and the genre didn't as much die out as come back under other guises.
With the only real hits from Sun it was never bound to last until the main players reinvented themselves.
Elvis rung the changes many times and Buddy Holly was instrumental in founding the 60s sub genre of High School Pop via Paul Anka who was viewed as a straight ahead pop singer.
Until the Beatles the style had gone underground but there's no doubt that their covers of Carl Perkins songs gave his flagging career a massive shot in the arm.
On the 30th Anniversary of the Perkins hit Blue Suede Shoes came a TV show now on DVD which not only starred 2 ex Beatles but members of the Stray Cats-the later generation of rockabillies.
Here in this book you can read how it all fit in and note how the media viewed the new music as no more than a 5 minute craze until somebody noticed the money being made
For a musical movement that seemed to peak and fall between 1955-60, Rockabilly spawned some of the most important performers in musical history, a real significant part of western post ww2 culture, this music excites beyond mere words - listen to the production, the vocals, the guitars, swathed in echo, the dynamics of the sun studio, you get to read all about this in this book.
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