The Record Men : Chess Records and the Birth of Rock & Roll
A tour-de-force history of Chess Records and the business of Rock & Roll. On the south side of Chicago in the late 1940s two immigrants - one a Jew born in Eastern Europe, the other a black blues singer from Mississippi - met and changed the course of musical history. Muddy Waters electrified the blues, and Leonard Chess recorded it. Soon Bo Diddly and Chuck Berry added a dose of pulsating rhythm, and Chess Records captured that too. Rock & roll had arrived, and an industry was born. In a book as vibrantly and exuberantly written as the music and people it portrays, Rich Cohen tells the engrossing story of how Leonard Chess, with the other record men, made this new sound into a multi-billion-dollar business - aggressively acquiring artists, hard-selling distributors, riding the crest of a wave that would crash over a whole generation. Full of absorbing lore and animated by a deep love for popular music, The Record Men is a smash hit.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 135 x 216 x 17mm | 275g
- 26 May 2005
- Profile Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Rich Cohen
Rich Cohen, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, is the author of Tough Jews, about gangsters in pre-war America, The Avengers, on Jewish resistance fighters during World War II, and Lake Effect, an iconic memoir of American youth and friendship between young men.
This is a brilliant book, the best book I have ever read about the recording industry. TheRecord Men should be considered a classic. * Larry King - CNN * This riveting account of Leonard Chess (originally Czyz) and his famous record company opens a revelatory window on how rock'n'roll was really born. -- Michael Kerrigan * The Scotsman *