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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Ravenhawk Books (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893660184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893660182
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend for any true fan of rock and roll!!
Mike
If you're in to rock 'n' roll fantasy and phoney baloney this is the book for you.
Detroit Bob
"Summertime Blues" is a love letter to the legacy of rock and roll.
Carl Fastgun

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike on October 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I could not stop reading this book. I bought it last night and finished it this morning. A great look into how it was to be young and living in Hollywood during a magical time for music. I highly recommend for any true fan of rock and roll!!
Mike
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy O'Neill on August 12, 2010
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Sharon's hilarious and heartfelt writing style will Keep you laughing and crying throughout this incredibly moving book. Her intimate insights into the lives and personalities of the rock and roll icons who were her close friends will amaze and fascinate you.
I'm not surprised it's been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Buy it. You'll love it!

Jimmy O'Neill
Host of ABC-TV's "Shindig" and Los Angeles Disc Jockey

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on December 2, 2010
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When I got home from work Wednesday, the book was here waiting for me. I read it in one night - just could not put it down - riveting story - such fun to read, and so bittersweet at the end - it really choked me up! Sharon really and truly "lived the dream" of every teenage girl in America in the 1960's and her relationship with Eddie Cochran was so special...it's a "must read" for anyone who grew up in that fabulous time or loves the great music that the story talks about!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By observatoryhill on June 30, 2012
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An interesting and entertaining read but that's as far as it goes. Although Sharon Sheeley wrote songs for some very popular recording artists, her name isn't exactly a household word. The book is not so much about her songwriting as it is the circles she moved in from 1956-1961. There is an extensive photo section but the photos aren't dated, many lack names, and some have the wrong names. I give the editor low marks for failing to catch errors. It doesn't take an expert to spot a picture of Adam Faith and Gene Vincent that's captioned Phil and Don Everly.

Sheeley had a column in a national film magazine around 1960 where she wrote about herself and her rock 'n' roll friends. There she described incidents that conflict with stories published in this book. There are also stories in the book where the source is unclear because she wasn't even present.

This book appears to have been padded with unverified information from some questionable sources in the hope readers will believe it's all Sharon Sheeley's words. Saying that Elvis hired one of her songwriting friends to cut all his demos makes one wonder just how much of this book is fact and how much is fiction.
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By Keith Mathews on August 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Eddie Cochran is by far my favorite musician. When I found out Sharon had written a book that had a lot to do with Eddie, I had to get it. This book is filed with great stories involving Eddie and many other acts of the early days of rock and roll. If you are a Cochran fan, it is definitely a must read. If you are an early rock and roll fan, it really gives you a lot of personal insight to artists like Ricky Nelson, Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Gene Vincent, etc... I love the story of when Sharon met Elvis with her friend and sister.
Sharon is a very underrated song writer. She wrote and co wrote great songs. She wrote these pages very well. She pulls you into the story with a very descriptive style of telling what happened.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl Fastgun on July 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am in awe of Sheeley's triumph of spirit and her poignant perceptions are beyond words. This book will not only capture your heart, it will inspire you to endure through the toughest of times. If you have a dream of "making it" regardless of you chosen endeavor, her incredible journey through life's challenges and ecstasies will drive the passion within you to accomplish great things. If you are a music history buff, like me, this is a MUST addition to your collection. "Summertime Blues" is a love letter to the legacy of rock and roll. Simply priceless and timeless.
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