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Before Elvis - The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll
Birnbaum, Larry (2013)

Scarescrow Press, Inc. , USA
paperback , 474 pages , 22.8 x 15 x 2.9 cm , 0.714 kg
ISBN-10: 0-8108-8628-6 , ISBN-13: 978-0-8108-8628-5

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Language: English
Description: An essential work for rock fans and scholars, Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll surveys the origins of rock 'n' roll from the minstrel era to the emergence of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley. Unlike other histories of rock, Before Elvis offers a far broader and deeper analysis of the influences on rock music. Dispelling common misconceptions, it examines rock's origins in hokum songs and big-band boogies as well as Delta blues, detailing the embrace by white artists of African-American styles long before rock 'n' roll appeared. This unique study ranges far and wide, highlighting not only the contributions of obscure but key precursors like Hardrock Gunter and Sam Theard but also the influence of celebrity performers like Gene Autry and Ella Fitzgerald.
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