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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive history of the definitive indie label.
Have you heard the news? Good Rockin' Tonight is the encyclopedia for all fans of Sam C. Phillips' groundbreaking Memphis Recording Service and Sun/Phillips International labels. Colin Escott and Martin Hawkins, whose expert commentaries appear in the liner notes of many Sun CD reissue packages, deliver thorough accounts of the players and events in the Sun story. Full...
Published on July 1, 1998 by S.D. Peters (hec8@erols.com)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Early R and R
This Book is especially interesting if you were listening to the radio, as I was, in the time period described. Though, Unlike Sam Phillips, I didn't abandon the early R& B artists when Elvis came on the scene. Always felt that Elvis's music was inferior the early R& Bers. There are details, that I didn't know, of the unraveling of Jerry Lee Lewis's first career, when he...
Published on January 3, 2007 by Bob Chorba


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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive history of the definitive indie label., July 1, 1998
Have you heard the news? Good Rockin' Tonight is the encyclopedia for all fans of Sam C. Phillips' groundbreaking Memphis Recording Service and Sun/Phillips International labels. Colin Escott and Martin Hawkins, whose expert commentaries appear in the liner notes of many Sun CD reissue packages, deliver thorough accounts of the players and events in the Sun story. Full chapters are devoted to Sun's best-known players (Sam Phillips, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley) and the landmark events (the recording of Rocket 88, the arrival of Howlin' Wolf, and the birth of Rockabilly), but the real highlight is the attention to the lesser-known players like Joe Hill Louis, Scotty Moore, Sonny Burgess, Billy Riley, and Roland Janes. They didn't top the charts, but were as important to the creation of the "Sun Sound" as Perkins, Lewis, Cash and Presley were to its export outside the Memphis city limits, and in Good Rockin' Tonight they receive the recognition they deserve. Escott and Hawkins round out the Sun story with a complete discography of all the Sun and Phillips International singles, EPs and LPs released while both labels were active.
Sun was the first powerhouse independent record label of Rock & Roll music. It's catalogue, performed by rough-edged musicians who turned out consistently innovative material and a Top Ten hit here and there, has been exhaustively reissued over the past ten years, much to the delight of Sun connoisseurs. Sadly, the same can't be said of material written about Sun: most of the books (several also written by Escott and Hawkins) are now out of print. Good Rockin' Tonight stands alone as the most comprehensive work dedicated to Sam Phillips and the record label whose influence on popular culture deserves much more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the true to heart and those new to great music!, April 4, 2000
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Coming from an age group that barely remembers the days of Sun Studio's most talented performers and songwriters, this book drives home the importance and impact of the many talents that emerged from this Memphis-based shrine.
This is a must read for anone who loves rock-n-roll, blues, jazz, or just wants to learn more about the hardships, the triumphs and the many lessons learned in the music industry.
Many top idols are present, but what makes the book such a worthwhile reading are the writings on those less known. My hats off to a true tribute for the sounds and artists of the south!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sun Records Redux, February 3, 2013
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A detailed and informative account of Sam Philips and the Rise & Fall of Sun Records. The focus is limited to their time at Sun Records, with some discussion of their Sun Records career, and so those seeking a full history of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and others will have to look elsewhere. Many of the artists discussed are unfamiliar to me, but there's enough about them to warrant further exploration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Rockin', December 27, 2012
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Engaging, telling the story of how Sam Phillips' vision and hard work slowly earned him success, each step of the way. Lot's of great stories and not bogged down in statistics or superfluous background information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, March 23, 2014
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I really enjoyed it. I have been to Sun studios and Graceland. I liked the stories about Sam Philips and the rest of the stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and 1st edition in great condition, February 15, 2014
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The service was great, the book was a great read but more to the point it was a first edition in better condition than stated - can't ask better than that!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GET A GOOD ROCKIN EVERYDAY, November 17, 2013
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THIS IS A GREAT BOOK. LOYS OF INFORMATION ON THAT KIND OF MUSIC AND THE RECORD LABEL THAT HELPED PROMOTE IT. I WILL RECOMEND THID BOOK TO ANY MUSIC LOVER AND/OR FAN OF ROCK AND ROLL, ROCKABILLY, AND BLUES.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, March 10, 2013
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I grow up listening and playing this music. What's not to like? Still listen to this music today and still love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, December 23, 2012
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This book is highly reflective of its title. I used it for a class at school and it was VERY helpful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early R and R, January 3, 2007
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Bob Chorba "Bobbyc" (Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States) - See all my reviews
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This Book is especially interesting if you were listening to the radio, as I was, in the time period described. Though, Unlike Sam Phillips, I didn't abandon the early R& B artists when Elvis came on the scene. Always felt that Elvis's music was inferior the early R& Bers. There are details, that I didn't know, of the unraveling of Jerry Lee Lewis's first career, when he married his 13 year old cousin. Also mention is made of the relationship between "The Killer" and Jimmy Swaggart. Interesting ancedote about how Johnny Cash came down for the Historic "Million Dollaer quartet" photo, then left immediately. 4 Stars is a little high for this review, but three stars would be a little low.
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