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And God knows, he was not afraid of hard work.
Unfortunately, the author constantly misquotes lyrics to songs by Muddy Waters, Chess Records' biggest star, something for which there is no excuse.
This suggests either a lack of familiarity with his subject matter, a lack of editing and/or fact checking at the publishers, or a lack of caring.
If you care at all about the blues, Jewish culture — or for that matter any immigrant culture — that helped shape America, you should not miss "Machers and Rockers". Read morePublished 7 months ago by SteveJ
I did not notice most of the errors mentioned by other reviewers, but toward the end of the book I became conscious of mistakes like the repeated misspelling of Beale St. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Douglas M.
Just looking throught the pictures he shows a picture of phill chess with the muddy waters band, including muddy, pointing out little walter but not even naming bo diddley who is... Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by brent ostler
The story of Leonard Chess and the musicians he brought to prominence is nothing short of fascinating. Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by Keevin Geller
If you're a blues fan, this is a great historical document. It has many interesting details about how the great Chess recording family started out and got along. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Michael B. Wiseman
What looks like a history of Chess records is a bloated, unwieldy tome that deeply disappoints. While you hope to hear about Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and other Chess greats, you... Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Chad Sosna
Rich Cohen's heart is in the right place here, but he needs to get some facts straight, e.g., the band is J. Geils, not Jay Geils. Read morePublished on March 23, 2006 by Robert L. Allen
These "record men" were a special breed. Men like Herman Lubsinky at Savoy in New Jersey, Sam Phillips at Sun in Memphis, Syd Nathan of King Records in Cincinnati and one Leonard... Read morePublished on July 12, 2005 by Paul Tognetti
I've read a couple of Cohen's books and enjoyed his tough prose style...
In "Machers and Rockers", he lets the style get away from him. Read more