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Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'round the World - The Complete Illustrated History

Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'round the World - The Complete Illustrated History

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Contributions by Greil Marcus, Contributions by Peter Guralnick, Contributions by Luc Sante, Contributions by Robert Gordon, Contributions by Deke Dickerson

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  • Publisher: Voyageur Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 244mm x 277mm x 25mm | 1,361g
  • Publication date: 25 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Stillwater
  • ISBN 10: 0760340625
  • ISBN 13: 9780760340622
  • Illustrations note: 225 colour illustrations, 75 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 251,081

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It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock 'n' roll and ruling the world. Here's the story of Elvis Presley's first Sun records that inspired all. And here's Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955-1959, in a book chock full of photos, collectible memorabilia, movie posters, rare records, fashion, and rebel lifestyle. Includes contributions from noted music journalists Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, and more.The story continues today, with a rockabilly revival that began with stars, such as the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading around the globe from Europe to Japan. Today, rockabilly is better than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton Heat and others playing the music and living the life from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo. There's still good rockin' tonight!

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Includes stories from Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, Deke Dickerson, and more.

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Gatehouse News Service ..".a compelling, fascinating collection that finally gives a brash, revolutionary musical style its due, and reminds us that even though it was short lived, it never really went away."Publishers Weekly "Born out of Elvis Presley's improvisational cut of That's All Right recorded at Sun Records in 1954, Rockabilly's time under the spotlight was brief, but its reverberating influence still rings true. This illustrated history, much like the music, is a frantic journey, full of passion and charisma. A blend of bluegrass, jazz, and Hillbilly that predates both rock 'n' roll and country, the origins of the term "Rockabilly" eludes even its most famous figures. Burgess's tales of touring with Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison make clear that showmanship was prerequisite to the style that encompassed such greats as Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Interviews with lesser known musicians like Charlie Feathers give the story a personal touch. In varying manifestations, bona fide Rockabilly principles have endured from the 1970s European revival, through the brash "Psychobilly" of The Stray Cats and The Cramps, and on to the current new wave. Over 600 photographs and images of original tour posters, vinyl sleeves, and paraphernalia provide an electrifying account orchestrated with an authenticity that only adds to its already overwhelming worldwide appeal."Lincoln Star Journal "This 232-page coffee-table book is filled with more than 600 photographs, concert posters, images of album covers and 45s and other memorabilia. So I've spent several nights just looking at the pictures. I haven't read most of the text, which includes essays by Peter Guralnick and Greil Marcus among others and quotes and quips from rockabillies like Sonny Burgess, who wrote the intro, and the great Wanda Jackson. Covering the movement from its 1950s explosion, with a lot on Sun Records, to contemporary purveyors of the vintage sound, the book is a must if you're a r

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The first illustrated history of Rockabilly--the twang heard 'round the world! With a cast of rockabilly stars: * Interviews & Reminiscences from Brian Setzer, Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers, Sonny Burgess, Billy Riley, Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup, James Burton, Rev. Horton Heat, Tav Falco, Heavy Trash, Glen Glenn, Dale Hawkins, Rose Maddox, Barbara Pittman, Jim Dickinson, Pat Cupp, Paul Burlison, Ronnie Hawkins, The Cramps, Ray Campi, Johnny Carroll, and more Added attractions: * Featuring articles by Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, Deke Dickerson, David McGee, Craig Morrison, Randy McNutt, Dan Forte, Garth Cartwright, Vince Gordon, and more Plus: * More than 600 rare photographs, concert posters, singles and LPs, memorabilia and collectibles--from Elvis to the Stray Cats to today Don't dare miss the best of Hillbilly Bop!