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By Larry Birnbaum

An important paintings for rock fanatics and students, prior to Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll surveys the origins of rock 'n' roll from the minstrel period to the emergence of invoice Haley and Elvis Presley. in contrast to different histories of rock, sooner than Elvis deals a much broader and deeper research of the affects on rock tune. Dispelling universal misconceptions, it examines rock's origins in hokum songs and big-band boogies in addition to Delta blues, detailing the include via white artists of African-American types lengthy prior to rock 'n' roll seemed. This special learn levels all over the place, highlighting not just the contributions of vague yet key precursors like Hardrock Gunter and Sam Theard but in addition the effect of megastar performers like Gene Autry and Ella Fitzgerald.

Too frequently, rock historians deal with the genesis of rock 'n' roll as a bolt from the blue, an in a single day revolution provoked by way of the tasteless pop track that instantly preceded it and created throughout the white appropriation of track until then performed in basic terms by means of and for black audiences. In sooner than Elvis, Birnbaum daringly argues a extra complex heritage and rock's evolution from a heady mixture of ragtime, boogie-woogie, swing, nation track, mainstream pop, and rhythm-and-blues—a melange that inspired each other alongside the best way, from the absorption of blues and boogies into jazz and dad to the combination of kingdom and Caribbean track into rhythm-and-blues.

Written in a simple variety, ahead of Elvis provides a daring argument approximately rock's origins and required examining for enthusiasts and students of rock 'n' roll background.

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Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll

An important paintings for rock fanatics and students, earlier than Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll surveys the origins of rock 'n' roll from the minstrel period to the emergence of invoice Haley and Elvis Presley. not like different histories of rock, sooner than Elvis bargains a miles broader and deeper research of the impacts on rock tune.

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