Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips

The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll

Book - 2015
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Grand Central Pub
The author of the critically acclaimed Elvis Presley biography Last Train to Memphis brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records.
The music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison.


Baker & Taylor
Draws on interviews and firsthand personal observations extending throughout a twenty-five-year period with both Phillips and legendary Sun Records artists to explain the label's unique and influential integration of new music styles.

Little Brown
& Co

Draws on extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending throughout a 25-year period with both Phillips and nearly all of the legendary Sun Records artists in a portrait that explains the label's unique and influential integration of new music styles. By the author of Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Last Train to Memphis brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records. The music that Phillips shaped in his tiny Memphis studio, with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices unabashedly proclaiming the primacy of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical world. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over the author's 25-year acquaintance with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, this book gives us an ardent, intimate, and unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Edison.--Adapted from book jacket.
Draws on extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending throughout a 25-year period with both Phillips and nearly all of the legendary Sun Records artists in a portrait that explains the label's unique and influential integration of new music styles. By the author of Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316042741
Branch Call Number: 781.66092 GUR
Characteristics: xvii, 763 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm

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Dec 12, 2015

The author's access to the subject colors this book in a unique and ultimately winning way. Sam comes alive and his unique upbringing and powerful personality and tastes are presented as the bedrock of his belief in bringing new sounds to life.

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