Rock 'n' roll was born in rural Alabama, 1923, in the form of Sam Phillips, the youngest son of a large family living in a remote colony called the Lovelace Community. His father had a gift for farming, which was brought to an end by the Depression. His mother picked guitar and showed the kind of forbearance that allowed her to name her son after the doctor who delivered him drunk and then had to be put to bed himself. And yet from these unprepossessing origins, in 1951 Phillips made what is widely considered to be the first rock 'n' roll record, Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston's 'Rocket 88'. Just two years later a shy eighteen-year-old kid with sideburns, fresh out of high school, wandered into his recording studio to make a record 'for his mother', secretly hoping that it might somehow get him noticed. His name was Elvis Presley. Elvis's success, and the subsequent triumph of rock 'n' roll, was initially propelled to an almost astonishing degree by a limited number of releases by Carl 'Blue Suede Shoes' Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis - all from this tiny, one-man label. An engaging mix of biography and anecdote, Peter Guralnick's book brilliantly recreates one shining moment in the history of popular culture. And Sam Phillips was the man who brought it all about.
From 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.
A fully illustrated guide to the glorious riches of Londons museums and galleries, drawing on the cream of the citys collections to create an easily navigable, narrative history of art. The guides unique approach allows you to locate your favourite artist or style of art in any museum and follow this throughout the museums of London. Do you like, say, the pre-Raphaelites? This book will show you where to find their works in London, from great masterpieces of the genre on show in world-famous institutions to hidden gems housed in galleries off the beaten track. Drink in the beauty of Burne-Joness stained glass in the Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Street, then move on to see Millaiss Ophelia in Tate Britain; jump on the tube to Walthamstow to the William Morris Gallery, which was once Morriss home and now displays a fine selection of pre-Raphaelite paintings. Featuring over 100 galleries, including the National Maritime Museum, the Institute of Archaeology, the National Gallery, Tate, the Saatchi Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts, and works by such artists as Rossetti, Francis Bacon, Van Gogh and Velazquez, The Art Guide: London is the perfect guidebook for all art lovers who visit and live in the city.
Presents an introduction to modern art beginning with Impressionism up to the present, with details on the key concepts, methods, styles, and impact of each movement along with major artists and works.
The regular anthologies which Five59 publishes quarterly - thirteen volumes not counting this title - have always been limited to short stories. This time, however, we decided to include poetry and non-fiction; therefore, it's a "Free-For-All." We hope you enjoy this varied collection from the Five59 Authors' Assembly.
This is the first of two volumes that make up what is arguably the definitive Elvis biography. Rich in documentary and interview material, this volume charts Elvis' early years and his rise to fame, taking us up to his departure for Germany in 1958. Of all the biographies of Elvis - this is the one you will keep coming back to.