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on 10 August 2014
If you are into blues, R & B or rock and roll from the 20th century then you will have heard of Chess Records. It was the home of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and many others. This interesting and well written book gives the whole story from the start, through the heydays of the 50's and 60's to it's untimely demise at the beginning of the 70's. The view of the characters of Leonard and Phil Chess and the way they ran their independent record company is fascinating and there are plenty of stories about the musicians on the label. Also a few unlikely facts. Who knew that Maurice White, leader of Earth, Wind and Fire was a session drummer at Chess in the mid-sixties?
There a few typos in this Kindle edition but overall a great read.
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on 23 April 2013
Sadly, printed by Amazon with font and spacing making it impossible to read comfortably, ruining what was an excellent account of such a significant contribution to popular music. Try and find a copy of the earlier hardback or paperback.
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on 16 November 2013
It is rather callous to emphasise a negative for such a well researched book but the author underplays the immense effect Chess had on embryo bands of the 60s. Chess sides released on that bright & red Pye International were copiously copied by every band in the UK. Every band could play at least 1 Chuck & 1 Bo and the better ones explored Sonny Boy, Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker etc.
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on 19 February 2013
Thanks Nadine You actually brought to life that time in the fifties in Chicago for me. As an Englishman my interest in rock n roll and blues was, at best, second-hand but I felt I actually knew Leonard Chess whilst reading this book. Now if he had recorded Elvis.....
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on 20 January 2014
very imformitive book on the chess records story,to any one interested in r&b and soul music from the fifties and sixties
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on 9 October 2013
in depth information on the best blues recording studio and artists and the two brothers and son that made it happen...
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on 16 May 2014
Fascinating insight into the music and musicians that played the sound-track to my life. Not just the Blues, soul and jazz references pepper each page. Essential reading for black-music fans of all ages.
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on 8 October 2015
Interesting and deeply researched book which particularly offers an insight into the character of Leonard Chess and his relationship with brother Phil.
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on 1 February 2014
to anyone interested in r&b and soul music this great history of some of artists who recorded on chess records
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on 17 November 2015
Such a great read for anyone interested in the greatest blues record label.
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