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Unsung Heroes Of Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth of Rock 'N' Roll in the Wild Years Before Elvis Revised Edition ebook

by Nick Tosches


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Start by marking Unsung Heroes Of Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth Of Rock In The Wild Years Before Elvis as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. From 1945 to 1955, from Chinese hillbillies to Elvis's long-lost twin brother, here are the Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll.

Héros oubliés du rock'n'roll : les années sauvages du rock avant Elvis. Published by Da Capo Press. Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll (Hardcover). Published January 1st 1984 by Charles Scribner's Sons. Hardcover, 276 pages.

From 1945 to 1955, from Chinese hillbillies to Elvis's long-lost twin brother, here are the Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll.

Nick Tosches makes his musicological bias clear from the get-go: ''Rock 'n' roll is dead,'' he says, perfectly symbolized b. But there was a golden time in the ’40s and ’50s when, for Tosches, rock & roll hadn’t congealed into pop. Unsung Heroes, first published in 1984 in a shorter version, offers a portrait gallery of some untamed musical pioneers, mostly R&B or rockabilly performers who thought a little too far wasn’t nearly far enough. None of Tosches’ heroes represent the pure woolliness of that time as well as Ming and Ling.

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Home Tosches, Nick Unsung Heroes of Rock N Roll: The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll in the. Only trivial, if any signs of age/previous use to book. Dust jacket has a hint of. The myth has it that rock 'n' roll was born the day young Elvis Presley entered Sam Phillip's recording studio in 1954, but the truth is different according to this book. This book offers portraits of 25 performers - from the early Nat King Cole to Bill Haley - who preceded Elvis.

A look at the early history of rock music focuses on influential, but overlooked singers and musicians, including Big Joe Turner, Louis Prima, Bill Haley, The Clovers, and Screamin Jay Hawkins show more.

Her music career was profiled in Nick Tosches' 1984 book, The Unsung Heroes of Rock 'N' Roll: The Birth . As Morse's musical style blended jazz, blues, and country, she has sometimes been called the first rock 'n' roll singer.

Her music career was profiled in Nick Tosches' 1984 book, The Unsung Heroes of Rock 'N' Roll: The Birth of Rock in the Wild Years Before Elvis. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street Musical style.

A look at the early history of rock music focuses on influential, but overlooked singers and musicians, including Big Joe Turner, Louis Prima, Bill Haley, The Clovers, and Screamin Jay Hawkins
Aurizar
Nick has packed this book with an astounding array of information about our unsung heros. How the hell did he unearth all this stuff? I don't know but I'm glad he did. Then in addition to facts and figures like the artists birth dates and interesting personal info he also reveals their record labels, chart performances and, of course, the recreational drugs which played a part in helping the creative process and or led to an early demise.

In my opinion this should be required reading for all students of rock n roll. It's essential to help set the record straight even when you might not know what the record is. Nick says he "wanted to have fun," and he also accomplishes this worthy goal as he adds his own take on the culture and spin of the devil's own music.

A few of my favorite artists he exhumes are Cecil Gant born in 1913 and Roy Brown the guy who wrote "Good Rockin' Tonight," long before Elvis shook that pelvis. For me it's really satisfying to know these guys and gals were rocking hard in the 30's and 40's; they just didn't always call it what it was.
Fesho
When I hear people talking about rock 'n' roll, and mentioning names like Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Talking Heads, or some other group that have little to do with the form, I want to put this book in their hands and let them get a little education on the subject. Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of the groups and artists they're talking about, I just don't think of it as rock 'n' roll, any more than I think Blood, Sweat & Tears or Chicago are jazz, or ELO is classical. Real rock 'n' roll didn't last very long before it was co-opted as a mainly white, teenage culture phenomenon. Again, there's been great music made since then, lots of it very close in spirit to the music that gave birth to the term. But the sense of danger, of making music that actually frightened the powers that be, and that did so not as some sort of poorly formed political statement, but simply because it was a true and unfiltered emanation of the spirit, had already dried up by the supposed heyday of rock 'n' roll.
By the sixties, it was marketed like cars or clothes, with little attention to anything approaching artistry. No matter, when artistry became the new marketing scheme, the music simply followed along and became deadly serious, unable, for the most part, to do little more than parrot previously agreed upon social and cultural bromides dressed up as serious art, revolution, deep thought, or whatever. Sure, lots of the music was stunningly good, the bands looked cool, the booze and drugs and sex flowed, but rock 'n' roll was fifteen years in the grave.
The dawn of a new movement, especially in music, is where the real fireworks are. Anything that has been attributed to rock 'n' roll (you know-Elvis, Jerry Lee, Chuck, the Beatles) had its beginnings ten years before that. As badly as we treat the legends of that time, it's nothing compared to the complete ignorance afforded those who actually invented the forms, and did the leg work. They came from all corners of the country, they were young and not so young, black, white, and tan, male and female, but they created rock 'n' roll, and because they were so diverse a group, the music was able to shoot off in just about any direction you can think of.
Nick Tosches has done a great service by writing about 25 or 30 of these trailblazers in such a way that you just have to go out and get yourself some. My collection increased by about 10 or 12 albums after I read this. Some of it was familiar to me, but if I'd only discovered Merrill Moore or the Treniers, it would have been worth the time and the money. Honestly, most people aren't going to care, and that's expected, but if you really want to know, and really want to hear, then you might just want to pick up this book. It's enlightening, funny, and a quick read to boot. Git it.
Kipabi
Nick Tosches' biographical writing never fails to entertain as well as inform. This collection of biographies sent me straight to finding the works of his fascinating subjects - relistening to some I remembered and others I wasn't familiar with. Tosches writes with sidesplitting humor but respect for his subjects as well. Written like a collection of short stories, you can read one and put it down to return later, that is if you want to stop.
Teonyo
Eye opening, brain snapping, finger clicking, hip swivelling. I thought I grew up in the Rock 'n' Roll Era, but its started way before my time. And who else knew all this? Plus Jesse Garon Presley presented as a tantalizing dessert!
Adrietius
Great book
Flamehammer
I read this outstanding book in the early 1990s when I worked in college radio, at KJHK-FM at the University of Kansas. Back then I had to scan record stores for these obscure records by Wynonie Harris, Johnny Ace and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, and so many more. What a thrill it is to read the short accounts of these musicians lives and early careers, and then to hear the recordings from what was really the twilight of the jazz age (Charlie Parker died in 1955).

Tosches style is easy to enjoy, and he sets these musical pioneers up as heroes from the title onward, lionizing them as people as well as musical victors. Considering how few saw much remuneration for their efforts, there are plenty of villains too.

And anybody who continues to exalt Elvis Presley after this book does so for their own reasons. Presley and his management merely exploited the fad. The King is dead, and he died on his toilet throne.
Cae
This book achieves what it sets out to do, painting grandiose pictures of these overlooked Rock & Roll stars (and in a humorous light as well), but some chapters can turn into a tiresome list of singles, especially frustrating considering the premise of the book assumes you have vague familiarity with the artists
Tosches captures the energy of a nascent musical form with wit and no small amount of fury. The Merman chapter alone is worth the price of admission, opening new avenues of appreciation. Seek this one out.
Unsung Heroes Of Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth of Rock 'N' Roll in the Wild Years Before Elvis Revised Edition ebook
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Nick Tosches
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