(Aurum Press) Paperback, 13,3 x 20,3 x 2,5 cm, english, 432 page, 16 page color and b/w illustrations. In August 1964 The Kinks released their third single. After a little noticed debut and a follow-up that had failed to chart at all, Pye Records were threatening to annul the group’s contract. But with its unforgettable distorted guitar riff, ´´You Really Got Me” went on to reach No.1, entering the US Top Ten later the same year. Followed by a string of hits, it marked the breakthrough of one of Britain’s most innovative and influential bands, and a turning point in the fortunes of two brothers whose troubled story is as tumultuous and characterful as the music they produced: Ray and Dave Davies. Born into a deeply musical working-class family in London’s Muswell Hill, Ray and Dave grew up in a city recovering from the bombs and privations of the Second World War, and, more than any other musicians of the Sixties, they crafted the soundtrack that made it swing again. In songs such as ´´Dedicated Follower of Fashion”, ´´Sunny Afternoon” – which toppled The Beatles to become the hit of Summer 1966 – ´´Waterloo Sunset”, ´´Days” and ´´Lola”, they drew on music hall, folk and rhythm and blues to craft a peculiarly English pop idiom, inspiring generations of songwriters from David Bowie to Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn. Pocked by sibling rivalry, furious on-stage violence, walkouts, overdoses, a career-throttling ban from the US, gross self-indulgence, and the band´s curious rebirth as Eighties stadium rockers, the story laid bare in God Save The Kinks is one of the greatest in British pop history.
(2007/THOMPSON) Paperback, English, 15x23 cm, 292 pages, rare b&w photos through the years. Foreword by Hank, October 2007.
English, Paperback, 15x23 cm, 240 pages, discography, rare b&w photos - Born in Bentley, Alberta, Dick Damron grew up as a young rodeo rider and rockabilly singer. He first recorded in the late 1950s at CKRD Red Deer, then blazed a trail to Nashville, recording over 50 singles and 20 albums in Music City since 1961. During the 1970s, Damron became a legend as an ´outlaw´: a wildman on stage, his ´Dick Damron Mystery Tour´ laid waste to many a bar and music hall across North America and Europe. In the 1980s he became the resident country artist at Howard Hughes´ Desert Inn in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo, where he was joined on stage by members of Reba McIntyre´s band, Mickey Gilley´s band, Ray Stevens´ band - even by James Burton (Elvis) and Jeff Cook (Alabama). Voted Canada´s Country Male Vocalist of the Year four times and Country Music Entertainer of the Year in 1985, Dick Damron has also been named Best Foreign Artist in Europe and Texas. The winner of seven BMI Songwriter Awards, his five Number 1 records include Countryfied, which George Hamilton IV took to the Top Ten worldwide. Dick Damron was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour in 1994, yet maintains he is merely part of the legend and the legacy of country music. -few copies left!
Taschenbuch - 294 Seiten - Louisiana State Univ Pr - 2014 - Englisch ´´I credit Huey with opening the door for funk, basically as we know it, in some ridiculously hip way, and putting it in the mainstream of the world´s music´´: –DR. JOHN, 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ´´Huey ´Piano´ Smith stands tall as one of the major creators of New Orleans rhythm & blues. Drawing on meticulous research, John Wirt tells Smith´s story here in terms of both joyous artistic achievements and grim, demoralizing exploitation. Huey ´Piano´ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues illuminates the vital role of a great talent in an important chapter in Louisiana music history´: –BEN SANDMEL, author of Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans Huey ´´Piano´´ Smith´s musical legacy stands alongside that of fellow New Orleans legends Dr. John, Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, and Allen Toussaint. His 1957 classic, ´´Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu,´´ made Billboard´s top R&B singles chart, and hundreds of artists including Aerosmith, the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, Johnny Riv-ers, and Chubby Checker have recorded his songs. The first biography of the artist responsible for hits ´´Don´t You Just Know It:´ ´´High Blood Pressure:´ and ´´Sea Cruise:´ Huey ´´Piano´´ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues fol-lows the musician´s extraordinary life from his Depression-era childhood to his teen years as a pianist for blues star Guitar Slim to his mainstream success in the 195os and ´6os. Drawing from extensive interviews and court records, author and journalist John Wirt also provides new insights on Smith´s professional disappointments and financial struggles in the 198os and ´9os as he battled over royalties from his most successful and profitable work. Throughout this intimate account, Wirt details Smith´s significant impact on rock and roll history and underscores both the longevity of his music—which has entertained and inspired for over five decades—and the musician´s personal endurance in the face of hard-ship and opposition. JOHN WIRT has covered music, film, and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, and The Advocate´s Baton Rouge and New Orleans editions. Front cover photograph by Michael P. Smith, 0 The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2007.01o3.1.801 Louisiana State University Press Baton Rouge 70808
224 pages/Seiten - 23.5/18.5 cm - Paperback - Biography / Biografie