Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips

The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll

Book - 2015
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The author of Last Train to Memphis brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records. The music that Phillips shaped in his tiny Memphis studio, with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices unabashedly proclaiming the primacy of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical world. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over the author's 25-year acquaintance with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, this book gives us an ardent, intimate, and unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Edison.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316042741
0316042749
Characteristics: xvii, 763 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Dec 12, 2015

The author's access to the subject colors this book in a unique and ultimately winning way. Sam comes alive and his unique upbringing and powerful personality and tastes are presented as the bedrock of his belief in bringing new sounds to life.

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