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If you care at all about the blues, Jewish culture — or for that matter any immigrant culture — that helped shape America, you should not miss "Machers and Rockers". Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by SteveJ
I did not notice most of the errors mentioned by other reviewers, but toward the end of the book I became conscious of mistakes like the repeated misspelling of Beale St. Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by DM
The story of Leonard Chess and the musicians he brought to prominence is nothing short of fascinating. Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by Keevin Geller
If you're a blues fan, this is a great historical document. It has many interesting details about how the great Chess recording family started out and got along. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Michael B. Wiseman
What looks like a history of Chess records is a bloated, unwieldy tome that deeply disappoints. While you hope to hear about Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and other Chess greats, you... Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Chad Sosna
Rich Cohen's heart is in the right place here, but he needs to get some facts straight, e.g., the band is J. Geils, not Jay Geils. Read morePublished on March 23, 2006 by Robert L. Allen
These "record men" were a special breed. Men like Herman Lubsinky at Savoy in New Jersey, Sam Phillips at Sun in Memphis, Syd Nathan of King Records in Cincinnati and one Leonard... Read morePublished on July 12, 2005 by Paul Tognetti
I've read a couple of Cohen's books and enjoyed his tough prose style...
In "Machers and Rockers", he lets the style get away from him. Read more
Avid followers of popular music will readily understand the importance of Chess Records in the early to modern business of rock and roll production, and won't want to miss Rich... Read morePublished on January 4, 2005 by Midwest Book Review