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Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 9, 2009
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Anyone who has listen to a radio in the last 50 years has certainly heard one of L&S's compositions. Their music is legendary and has become the staple of the music world.
L&S have written an interesting and factual presentation that gives you some great insight into their personalities, creative process, and the people they have associated with during the early years of R&R.
Their recollections of writing for Elvis Presley, their first association with Phil Spector, their partnership with Atlantic Records, and even their run-in with the Mafia are all interesting but disappointingly, too briefly told.
Undoubtedly a thoroughly researched biography would have further extended the tales regarding the two, but this book does an admirable job of giving the reader a feel for the early developments in the music industry, and the people associated with it. Generally, the book is easy and fun to read, especially if you have any interest in all in the founders of rock and roll. On the other hand, it leaves you with a feeling you are seeing a half-painted picture. You know there's more there.
I was lucky enough to attend their SRO signing event at the Grove in Los Angeles (although the staff seemed clueless as to their importance, they said they weren't expecting a big crowd - much to their surprise, well over 100 people showed up, including musician/writer Billy Vera). Both Jerry and Mike told great stories (prompted a bit by Mr. Ritz) and then signed books for a long time (I was fortunate enough to get my Coasters box set booklet signed as well). I (and the rest of the audience) could have listened all night, but there were all those books to sign (I think they sold out) and let's face it, they are 76 years old (born just a few weeks apart in 1933).
If you have any interest in rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and pop music, you will want to read their story. And of course, reading about these songs will make you want to play their 45's, LP's and CD's over and over. Their music is truly the soundtrack of America.
Long Live Lieber and Stoller!
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Two incredible songwriters. I had the privilege to meet Mike Stoller, last year, at a Hollywood functiion. The entertainer for the evening was Sally Kellerman. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Leonard Hancock, Jr.
Very entertaining book and wow, the amount of well known songs they wrote. Amazing! Required reading for any baby boomer!Published 2 months ago by Gerard Bertelkamp
A lot of fun to read. Great stories about the birth of rock and roll from rock and roll icons. The first 2/3 were fascinating and the last 1/3 a little slow so it loses one starPublished 9 months ago by Anthony M. Zipple
This "autobiography" written by TWO individuals is more like a transciption of a conversation. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Howard Schulman
Great personal stories of the prolific team of Leiber and Stoller. Relatively small section on Elvis but the stories of this team are engaging and an essential for insight of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by IFT
The format, each one bouncing off each other in looking back at their lives, works.
They had some amazing experiences and their accounts are a lot of fun. Read more