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on 1 November 2011
I was left with mixed reactions after reading this book. It's a straightforward account of a genre of music I enjoy and filled in a lot of gaps. However my worry is this guy has got rockabilly religion, so unless other artists follow his lead, they are condemned. He's very critical of where the Beatles mislead youth but ignores the fact that most fans like me, got to find out about Holley and Perkins through Beatle and Stones album tracks.
Because any new religion has to have figures of hate (Harrison, Clapton) Perkins Rockabilly Sessions TV programme, on which they appeared, has to get ignored, while any UK pub gig by some obscure artist gets treated as a second coming.
He also seems to downplay the britsh revival with people like Edmunds and Stevens only getting passing references, while anything from the USA gets heaped with praise. He also seems to ignore Jerry Lees demented Star Club sessions -because it was the wrong period and backed by a load of scousers?
But despite these reservations it was a good read.