- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Dust-to-Digital (March 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981734286
- ISBN-13: 978-0981734286
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,531,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Birth of Rock and Roll Hardcover – March 24, 2015
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The birth of rock and roll didn't occur as you ve been told. It wasn t a big-bang event with Elvis Presley or Chuck Berry or a conspiracy by Murray the K or Alan Freed. Rather, the music was born over decades as segregated neighbors passed each other on the street, as music seeped from windows and into alien ears, as communities integrated one borrowed melody and rhythm at a time. The evidence is gathered throughout The Birth of Rock and Roll, a forthcoming book of found photos from the collection of Jim Linderman. Filled with images of long-gone souls lost in revelry, moving to music, posing with instruments, they offer snapshot takes on culture clash in the decades prior to the rock explosion of the 1950s. --Randall Roberts, LOS ANGELES TIMES
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Linderman is a collector of "ephemera", especially "vernacular photographs", which are photos taken by other than "professional" photographers. (There are a few press photos here too.). For this book, Linderman theorizes that "rock and roll" music was the result of a blending of the styles I noted above as well as African and Caribbean rhythms. The photos he has chosen to include (mostly black and white, with a few sepia tone images) show musicians playing or people listening or dancing. Except for one photo of the Carter Family (actually the women; patriarch A.P. Carter is not in this image), the musicians featured (with only a few identifiable by printing in or on back of photo) are folks you've not heard of.
Some of the photos jump off the page such as the one of a teenage interracial couple dancing in what looks the 1940s. (I'd point out the page this is on, but the 160 pages are not numbered.). And, for others, the longer you look at the image, the more you discover.
There is some text in the book. There is a three page "Introduction" by the author near the front and a nine-page "interview" of Linderman by the aforementioned Bonomo near the rear. Both are in LARGE and BOLD typeface. While there is some discussion of Linderman's ephemera collection and the purpose of the book, a lot of the interview focuses on the blogs he has including one on "vintage smut and sleaze" (think pornography). That I'm sure is relevant to the subject. (with just the replacement of the letter "h" for the letter "r", and switching just two letters, "pornography" becomes "phonography" - which is really what these photos are more concerned with.
So, in summary, as an "art" book this collection of images works well. Some of Linderman's comments (he was born the day that Hank Williams died and a year before Elvis made his first recordings- considered by some the beginning of rock and roll) are enlightening, while others seem to be there to promote his blogs.). And, honestly, this book would best be enjoyed by those who collect "vernacular" "roots" music (music by the common man) than by someone interested "rock and roll" as kit is more commonly described.
It's another fine project from Dust-to-Digital, though maybe not their best.
I hope this review - and description of the book - is both informative and helpful.