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1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards Hardcover – May 6, 2011

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"Viewing these photographs delivers the same exquisite, intimate, irresistible thrill as looking through family albums and yearbooks.-- Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone

"Tommy Edwards helped establish many a successful recording artist - including me!" - Pat Boone

"As producer and historian for Sony Music I sometimes run into kindred spirits--Chris Kennedy is such a person, and 1950s Radio in Color is a splendid example of Chris's dedication to his craft."  - Ernst Jørgensen

"Frankly astonishing...with the quite extraordinary book, 1950s Radio in Color, Christopher Kennedy presents the cream of this archive, once believed lost." Mojo - September 2011

"Anyone who loves early rock 'n' roll - and early rock 'n' roll radio - will be mesmerized by the new book "1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards" by Chris Kennedy." - NY Daily News

About the Author

Christopher Kennedy is a passionate music fan and an accomplished songwriter and musician, having released five albums with the band Ruth Ruth. He discovered this collection during his determined research into the long-lost rock n roll film, The Pied Piper of Cleveland, which is rumored to contain some of the earliest footage of Elvis Presley. He is still looking for the film.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr (May 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606350722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606350720
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the nephew of Tommy Edwards and the owner of the slide collection, I know for a fact that extensive research was done for all the photos in the book. I was, and am, a big fan of Bill Haley and his Comets and fully understand that they were the first "Kings of Rock & Roll," as does author Chris Kennedy, who states in the book, Bill Haley was "our first rock superstar" and he acknowledges that his "brilliant music survives." I was sorry to read that Jack Haley took issue with certain statements in the book. The intent was never to diminish Bill Haley and his Comets, as many fans (including myself) of that era loved him.
Long Live Rock & Roll.
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This book is simply fascinating. Having done research and writing about similar subject matter for Scotty Moore's website I was familiar with some of the research Chris had done regarding events said to have that transpired in and around Cleveland in 1955. When I heard that this book was being released and saw the quality of some of the photos I had only ever seen cropped and diminished before I knew I had to get a copy based on those alone. The inclusion of the veritable plethera of unreleased shots taken by Tommy Edwards of many of the other artists of the day were just the bonus. I commend Chris on his research and his presentation and can only hope at some point he realeases a Volume II. This book is a must have for any serious fan of Rock 'n Roll history.

James V. Roy
scottymoore.net
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A very candid book of the backstage details of those early rock & roll and Country music concerts promoted by radio stations, along with archival anecdotes from each performer, many of them long-forgotten. An excellent book on the music from this pivotal decade.
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The late, Tommy Edwards was a D J in Cleveland on WERE - AM.
His hobby was Photography. He started taking pictures of
everybody that he interviewed on his show. He also hosted
sock - hops on Friday Night. Starting in 1956, he began
featuring a slide show at his sock - hops. This was 25 years
before music videos or MTV. Maybe Tommy was ahead of
his time. Every page filled with great pictures. All the
great singers and some that never made the big time.
All these singers were just starting their careers.
Very young . Well worth the money.

Frank B.//
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There exists a statement from 2009 in Christopher Kennedy's "1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards"which is made by the subject of one of Edwards 1956 images,obscure cabaret singer Vicki Benet.

Ms. Benet laments the fact that she no longer sings,and states,
"When you give up something that was so close to you,part of you dies".

This same statement could be applied to our culture in general,which has itself become mired in an artificial cult of celebrity where disposable heroes are assembled with cookie cutter regularity ,oblivious to the pioneering efforts of those who came before them.

Thankfully this brilliant work steps forward to cure these 21st century blahs in a big way.

Its subjects were photographed by Cleveland,Ohio disc jockey Tommy Edwards from the period 1955-1960,bearing witness to the rise and fall of the first Rock and Roll era..

They include the not only the Hollywood, Rock and Roll and Pop icons of the day(Elvis, Bill Haley ,Bobby Darin Chuck Berry),many of them on their ascent to stardom,but also those
artists on a fast track to either oblivion or premature doom such as Hawkshaw Hawkins,actor Jeff Chandler, or Ira Louvin.

The beauty of this work is in the discovery of the stories behind the photos,where the unknowns,such as Marlene Cord ,Kathy Linden,and Jackie Jocko enjoy equal billing with the likes of Clark Gable,Doris Day,and Gene Vincent.

In less capable hands, this book would merely be a treasury of timeless images captured at a critical moment in postwar America's cultural revolution.

Fortunately, Christopher Kennedy goes much further than that .
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