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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Har/DVD edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142342042X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423420422
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Labors of love come no handsomer than this oblong album of full-page photos and sparse, typographically varied text mounted on variously black, white, colored, and patterned backdrops (performance-clips DVD included, yet). You could browse it for hours, probably will if you're a fan of the blend of electric Delta blues, honky-tonk country, and sanctified gospel called rockabilly. Naylor, who replaced Buddy Holly in the Crickets, is a survivor of the music's roughly 1954–63 heyday. His perspective on it begins with Elvis, especially the King's January 5–7, 1955, swing through west Texas, during which, on successive nights, Naylor, Holly, and Roy Orbison saw him—and were forever changed. After the obligatory long return to Memphis for Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, Naylor covers smaller, unluckier headliners including Gene Vincent, Charlie Rich, and Johnny Horton (yep, the "Ballad of New Orleans" guy, though that biggest hit is ignored). Naylor spouts fan cant ("genius," "legendary," "immortal") profusely, but since he concludes with the extremely hard-rockin' guys who probably coined rockabilly—Johnny and Dorsey Burnette—live with it. Olson, Ray

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Qball53
Eddie Cochrane and Ricky Nelson were not just influential and successful, they were the absolute embodiment of that ideal, and they merit barely a mention in his book.
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The graphics are great and make the book a really fun one to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Jopson on July 2, 2007
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Jerry Naylor is to be commended highly for his exhaustive research and commitment to what I understand was a seven year labor of love. He truely captures the essence of the talent that made the 50's Rockabilly era so special and created the roots of rock n' roll.The addition of the DVD to complement this volume makes it even more desireable for any student of music history! My only complaint is that Ricky Nelson was not included, since he too was a pioneer in rockabilly and idolized Carl Perkins as his musical mentor!While I realize Jerry may not have worked with him directly he still deserved honorary mention! That aside though, this book/dvd is a must have!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Qball53 on April 14, 2007
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This is a great book that is not only easy to read, and has an abundance of great early photos from 1954 - 1959, but tells the definitive beginnings of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison. It connects them all through stories of how they all played together or ran into each other during the mid-50s.

Elvis was just a 19 year old truck driver who was talked into going to a cheap recording studio in Memphis in 1954 to sing some gospel songs, and met session player Scotty Moore there. Producer Sam Philips didn't like what he was hearing, until Elvis started singing (during a break) an old blues tune from the 40s called "That's Alright Mama." Philips loved it, and rockabilly (which is what early rock'n'roll was called) was born. They soon after got a slot on the Grand Ole Opry to play just one tune, and Elvis got a positive response from the females. Teenaged Roy Orbison saw Elvis from the front row in January 1955 at a west Texas concert, and he immediately dropped his hilbilly singing of Hank Williams tunes, and started doing rockabilly. Buddy Holly saw early Elvis as well, and it influenced him to start his Crickets. There's stories of Johnny Cash (how he tried to get Roy Orbison on the Sun label), and Jerry Lee, and Carl Perkins, and how they all got influenced each other, and even played together.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on January 7, 2008
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If you love the 50s music and those who made it great, you will enjoy this book and the history of the 50s music legends! Great book! Great history!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan on August 22, 2007
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This is probably the best book I have ever read on the history of rockabilly and its origins. The graphics are great and make the book a really fun one to read. When I bought it, I didn't realize there was a DVD inside and the DVD is worth the price of the book itself. So it feels like a two for one. Jerry knew most of the people in the rockabilly world and the first hand experience brought a breadth and personal feel to this book. I was also so glad that the Johnny Burnette Trio was in this book too as often they are left out of the rockabilly discussion and were an important part.

I do wish however, that Jerry would have included some females in the story. Wanda Jackson especially - she is not included in this book and I think she should have been. Also I think that Chuck Berry's influence in the rockabilly world and Little Richard could have been highlighted in this book as well. It seems odd they are written about in this book. Maybe some discussion on the pre-Elvis influence of Bill Haley too where he crossed over into some pioneering sounds of rock and roll/rockabilly prior to Elvis.

This is still a great, great book and I am so glad it was written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LBWheels457 on June 7, 2007
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This book is so much fun to read! Looking back, rock 'n' roll has grown to be such a standard genre of music that we don't often think about how it came to be, but this book goes through and shows you step by step how it came about. There are some great pictures and great stories and it even includes a DVD! This book is wonderful!
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A nifty book with great pictures, decent text, and pretty good coverage of Sun Records and rockabilly. It also comes with an eh documentary, the only saving grace of which is the live footage. The book and documentary suffers from the propagandistic and laughable lie that Elvis somehow invented rockabilly. Ha. Elvis's version of "That's Alright" is almost a direct clone of Arthur Crudup's version (only Elvis diehards deny this plain fact, give them a listen). His "Blue Moon of Kentucky" is rockin', but it is nothing different than dozens of artists, white and black, had been doing since the late 1940s. The only difference is Elvis was a good looking son of a bitch. Carl Perkins, for instance, was twice the rocker that Elvis ever was (listen to their respective versions of "Blue Suede Shoes"), but Perkins was funny looking, and never tried to copy the crooners like Elvis did (Elvis did have a fine voice). To claim Elvis was innovative is incorrect, to claim that without him there would be no rock 'n' roll is a fallacy. And it does a disservice to everyone from Bob Wills to Chuck Berry to Big Joe Turner to Bill Haley.
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