Ed Ward covers the first half of the history of rock & roll in this sweeping and definitive narrative-from the 1920s, when the music of rambling medicine shows mingled with the songs of vaudeville and minstrel acts to create the very early sounds of country and rhythm and blues, to the rise of the first independent record labels post-World War II, and concluding in December 1963, just as an immense change in the airwaves took hold and the Beatles prepared for their first American tour.
In this first volume of a two-part series, Ward shares his endless depth of knowledge and through engrossing storytelling hops seamlessly from Memphis to Chicago, Detroit, England, New York, and everywhere in between. He covers the trajectories of the big name acts like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles, while also filling in gaps of knowledge and celebrating forgotten heroes such as the Burnette brothers, the "5" Royales, and Marion Keisker, Sam Phillips's assistant, who played an integral part in launching Elvis's career.
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"Ward tells the story of how rock and roll slowly developed, starting in the cotton fields of the South in the 1920s. Narrator David Colacci delivers a measured, authoritative narration that takes the listener through the evolution of the most exciting period of modern music. By necessity, the audiobook offers only glimpses of the lives of icons like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and dozens of others. All of those innovators have books written about their lives. The audiobook ends just as the Beatles invade America, a tease for Volume 2. The only thing that would make this audiobook perfect would be snippets of the many songs it writes about, but listeners will provide those songs in their memories. M.S. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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