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Doo Wop: The Music, the Times, the Era Paperback – March 2, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
When it comes to doo wop, a pop music style Morrow describes as vocal harmony + rock 'n' roll, the legendary DJ leaves no stone unturned as he traces the music back to its roots in early African-American slave songs. From there, he follows doo wop from its birth and its heyday in the '50s to its decline in the late '60s. As Morrow outlines the specific era of doo wop, he also gives sidebars on the groups—from superstars like the Platters to one-hit wonders like the Chords—that made it big during those years. As would be expected from a man who made his living behind the mike, Morrow displays a comfortable, conversational writing style that works well in this picture-heavy format (e.g., he writes of the romantic appeal of drive-ins: Funny how their popularity coincided with the Baby Boom, huh?). While the music history is the driving force behind this coffee-table tome, it's the cultural asides on topics as diverse as the era's people (Marilyn Monroe, Edward R. Murrow), places (diners, the Automat), sports (Jackie Robinson), politics (the red scare, JFK), kitsch (T-Birds, TV dinners) and entertainment (I Love Lucy, The Wild Ones) that will take readers back to America's golden age. (Nov.)
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About the Author
Bruce Morrow, a.k.a. "Cousin Brucie" has worked in the New York radio industry since the late fifties and had the distinction of introducing the Beatles during their historic Shea Stadium concert. He also appeared in the motion picture Dirty Dancing and his autobiography, Cousin Brucie: My Life in Rock 'N' Roll Radio, was a best seller.
Top customer reviews
Fascinating story of a tragedy that led to the voice on the single "under the boardwalk" by the Drifters being not the one intended.
It is a great coffee table book in a music room. A++ Cuz.
I guess the only thing lacking was that it does not capture many of the groups and individuals who were less popular.
Cusin Brucie has put together a great selection of old music
These are all original artists of the era, a great buy for the oldies fan
The price and quality are super
Amazon has done a great job bringing this music back for all to enjoy, I look forward to more releases of this type of collections