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Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock & Roll Hardcover – June 1, 1991


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer Books (June 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028711556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028711553
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,446,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Crawford on May 11, 2006
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I really enjoyed this book. Several personal stories about Alan Freed provide insight into his life. The writer does a good job of explaining the historical events/context that surrounded Freed's life. It's a shame Freed didn't live longer to see what he contributed to popular music.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Buisman on September 24, 2006
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This is a good book about the life of legendary DJ Alan Freed. His personal life, as a radio and tv host and as promotor of his own concerts around the east coast.

His failures seem to have caused his downfall, a terrible riot during a show in Boston for which he was indicted and also payola, receiving money to play records. Both cases cost him a lot of money and pain.

He was married three times, unfortunately the last two wives refused to talk to the author. Jackson says that his third wife Inga was also a heavy drinker, which did not help at all. He died in 1965, only 44 years old
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