xvii, 763 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 663-724) and index.
The author 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.
"I dare you!" : 1923-1942 -- Radio romance : 1942-1950 -- The price of freedom : January 1950-June 1951 -- "Where the soul of man never dies" : June 1951-October 1952 -- Perfect imperfection : June 1952-July 1953 -- Prisoner's dream : July 1953-February 1955 -- Spiritual awakenings : January 1955-December 1956 -- I'll sail my ship alone : 1957-1961 -- "They'll carry you to the cliff and shove you off" : 1979-1961-1979 -- How lucky can one man get : 1980-2003.