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Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock 'n' Roll Pioneers (Music in American Life) Paperback – January 13, 2010
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"A treasure, John Broven has given the academic world a good dose of old-fashioned shoe leather journalism. This book will be invaluable to scholars studying the music industry and particularly the rock 'n' roll era." -- Don Cusic
"Covering the convoluted history of the recording industry from the 1940s to the 1960s, [Broven] combines in-depth archival research with fascinating anecdotes about chart-toppers, shady characters and label owners. . . . The impact of conniving entrepreneurs on the musicians and the layering of rich details and digressive detours as Broven traces the transition from R&B to rock make this equal to Roger D. Kinkle's massive, four-volume "Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz,"--"Publishers Weekly"
"The depth of factual details is incredible, but it's presented in the style of a rich oral history . . . so as not to lose any of the flavour of their anecdotes. . . . It's a chronicle of the entrepreneurial American spirit, liberally punctuated by the creation of some of the most exciting and innovative music of all time."--"Record Collector"
"Broven has put together a detailed and engrossing study of the independent record labels of the 1940s-70s. . . . An outstanding and important study that goes well beyond comparable predecessors; highly recommended."--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"A fascinating new book about the early independent labels of rock 'n' roll underscores again the central role that radio played in turning rock 'n' roll into the musical language of modern American popular culture. "Record Makers and Breakers" ... is a rich and engaging history of those early years, largely told through the words of the smart guys, hustlers and Runyonesque characters who shaped them." --"New York Daily News"
"Broven ... keeps the text moving right along, his fill-in facts and explanations welcome, his segues from interviewees' words to his own smooth and easy. The author clearly loves the music and holds the achievements of the record people in high regard, but he stays level-headed and avoids overpraising his heroes."--"Downbeat"
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Top Customer Reviews
Broven combines fascinating excerpts from years of interviews with these record giants with an equally compelling historical background. The vintage photos are alone worth the modest price of this extremely well-researched book...they document an important era in American popular culture and one which has largely disappeared. Any one with more than just a passing interest in the history and origins or rock 'n roll and certainly every avid record collector should buy this book. It's a real national treasure..no exaggeration.
This is the story of the people who, whilst not sharing the same degree of limelight as the performers, nevertheless played a crucial role in the launch of rock `n' roll in its formative years and then who aided its continued existence, despite the efforts of the main establishment. To say that they were key important people is an understatement. This could have been a dry and sleep inducing story but, as related by the author, it consistently retains spontaneity and the interest never flags. Indeed, it is a hard to put down journey once commenced.
John Broven has, over the course of time, interviewed the key players such as Ahmet Ertegun and Miriam Bienstock of Atlantic Records, Sam Phillips of Sun Records, Joe Bihari of Modern records and Art Rupe of Specialty Records to name but a few. Indeed, the interview with Ahmet is thought to be the last he gave prior to his unfortunate demise. But that is not all, as John has talked to such as disc jockies/promoters like Bill `Hoss' Allen of WLAC, Nashville, songwriters like Paul Evans, recording engineers such as Cosimo Matassa, music publishers Gene Goodman and Freddy Bienstock. On top of this, also considered are distributors, one-stop and juke box operators.Read more ›
RECORD MAKERS AND BREAKERS draws upon a vast trove of careful research and is written in a concise but lively style; throughout its 400-plus pages, Broven effectively "connects the dots" between the performers, songwriters, label entrepreneurs, pressing plants, publishing houses, and radio DJs that comprised the fervid indie-label scene, especially in the crucial period 1945-1960. I thought I knew a lot about this field already but this book introduced me (in absorbing detail) to a number of significant but little-remembered figures ranging from Clark Galehouse of Golden Crest Records to Sir Edward Lewis, founder of Decca Records UK. Bravo, Broven!
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The most complete book about the American record industry I have ever read. From the vinyl pressers, to the jukebox operators, to the deejays, to the major and indie record... Read morePublished 2 months ago by cbl4700
This book is a MUST READ for anyone who has ever wanted to know about all the independent record labels of the early rock era and their origins. Mr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Daddy Dowah
Wow so much great information!!A 45 RPM collectors bible giving background on all kindsa amazing early indie rock labels and the personalities behind them - a bit academic (written... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Arnold
This is an excellent history of the American independent record labels of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s which played a major role in the development of rock and R&B. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark Anderson
Wow! Its hard to not overdo the superlatives for this masterpiece. Talk about a labor of love! A painstakingly researched and insightful work. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Clifford B. Martin
Fascinating. Filled with information not found else where.Published 21 months ago by R. Charles Rownd
EXTREMELY in depth. Not a quick easy read. Only true lovers of this era of music or avid record collectors will enjoy it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by seywhut
It should be MUST READ for all PDs, Jox, Consdultants and Corp Ex.
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