Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll by Peter Guralnick

Back in the 1970s while spending time in rural Arkansas I had the good fortune to meet folklorist Mike Luster. Mike was working on a doctorate in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. He convinced me that rockabilly music is a legitemate form of American folk music. We spent hours listening to records from his collection as educated me. Of course a lot of his 45s were from Sun Records.

For those of you who love Rock 'n' Roll and the sound of Fender guitars twanging through vacuum tube amplifiers Peter Guralnick's book is a must read. I'm near the end of the first chapter and I'm hooked.

For a complete review see the article in the New York Times. I just wanted to give folks a heads-up here. You can get Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll from your favorite bookstore and also from Sun Records in Memphis. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I'm enjoying it.

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