The rockin' '50s : the people who made the music / Brock Helander Helander, Brock

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Helander, Brock
Rock music - To 1961.; To 1961; Rock music - History - To 1961.
The Rockin' '50s is the first complete guide to the great rock and R&B instrumental and vocal groups and solo artists of the day. The book opens with an overview of '50s rock styles, from R&B to Country, Rockabilly, and Doo-wop. This is followed by a complete A to Z of key artists, groups, and personalities. Each entry gives the complete personnel of each group, with birthplace and date (and date of death, if appropriate), instrument played, and any other significant role (vocals, songwriting, producing) in the group. A complete narrative history of the group is then given, with analysis of key recordings. Finally, a comprehensive discography, listing original releases and recent reissues on CDs, makes this the ultimate shoppers' and buyers' guide. Photographs from rock archives enhance the text.
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