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1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards Hardcover – March 10, 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.
Terry Stewart is President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
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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 .He takes us on a journey which cuts through the mists of time to deliver living,breathing personalities to enrich the vitality of our imaginations.
The photos and accompanying narratives are assembled in chronological order, sectioned by the particular year in which they were taken and delivered in an eminently readable fashion.
Written with an abundant amount of creative humor,staggering research and resourcefulness,this book should be required reading for anyone yearning to catch a glimpse into 1950's pop culture.
As such,it is a shimmering journalistic diamond for the ages.
James V. Roy
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.