Peter Guralnick
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll
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Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll Peter Guralnick 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, introducedThe 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.. Sam Phillips The Man Who Invented Rock n Roll 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 R
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  • Author: Peter Guralnick
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    1. James Thane says:

      Sam Phillips may not actually have been the man who invented rock n roll, and it s hard to imagine that any one person might actually be singled out for that honor, but certainly Phillips was present close to the creation and was very instrumental in bringing rock n roll to the world at large Born in 1923 to a relatively poor family in a tiny town in Alabama, Phillips always had big dreams and very early on, he fell in love with the music he heard as a child, much of it coming from black people [...]

    2. Tosh says:

      I m a mega fan of Peter Guralnick s two volume biographies on Elvis Presley For sure I thought a biography on Sam Phillips, the brains and sound maker for Sun Records, would be equally fascinating But the truth is no For one, this biography is way too long Without a doubt, Guralnick feels very close to his subject matter, and clearly he loves the music that came out of Sun Still, I had a hard time keeping my attention to this book One also gets the feeling that Phillips was right behind Guralnic [...]

    3. Bob Schnell says:

      Everything you ever wanted to know about Sam Phillips, and then some Peter Guralnick s biography of the man who invented rock and roll is an exhaustive tale of Sam Phillips wild ride of highs and lows and going off the rails It is apparent that he was a gifted man with many talents but he couldn t maintain his focus Time and again Sam brings a project to profitability and then loses interest Even his pride and joy Sun Records couldn t keep him interested long enough to really make it the empire [...]

    4. Shaun says:

      I received a free copy of this book through a First Reads Giveaway.This review is going to seem negative harsh, but it is what it is First, the positive You already know the book is about Sam Phillips and his life and career The book is incredibly detailed and thoroughly researched Peter Guralnick was a close friend to Sam Phillips and his son Knox Phillips so had unprecedented access That shows If someone were looking for source material for a biopic or television series, this would be all they [...]

    5. Brian Poole says:

      Sam Phillips The Man Who Invented Rock n Roll is a compelling dive into the life of a colorful music industry pioneer.Sam Phillips tells the story of the founder of Sun Records It follows Phillips from his small town roots, through his early days as a Memphis radio announcer DJ, engineer and promoter Phillips, a staunch believer in racial equality, founded a Memphis recording studio to provide a platform for marginalized voices He helped launch the careers of legends like Howlin Wolf, B.B King, [...]

    6. Janet says:

      A new Peter Guralnick book is something to be celebrated My husband doesn t read nearly as often as I do, but this is one author he loves and can t put down.

    7. Marti says:

      I was really enjoying the Sun Records TV series on CMT before it was cancelled which was one of the reasons I decided to read this Needless to say the show changed quite a few things around especially the character of Marion, who was the first assistant at Sun who was integral to keeping the label running However, the life of Sam Phillips is indeed an epic story which begins in rural Alabama during the 1920 s and 1930 s and ends in 2003 with what I consider to be the beginning of the end of musi [...]

    8. Sara says:

      Another great bio by Peter Guralnick Written with the same attention to detail that he used in telling Elvis Presley s story, Guralnick has now turned his attention to The Man Who Invented Rock n Roll Sam Phillips.I loved the story of the Million Dollar Quartet the day that Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis all got together at Sam Phillip s Sun Studios for a jam session Rockabilly has always been my absolute favorite style of music fun to play, fun to sing, and fun to listen [...]

    9. Henry Sturcke says:

      Peter Guralnick tells an epic tale on an epic scale One might ask whether the life of a man who owned the studio an eighteen year old happened to walk into to record a song for his mother is worth covering in over 700 pages The answer is an unequivocal yes.The music Sam Phillips captured is enough reason for this Phillips is so famous for being the first to record Elvis, followed in quick succession by Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and then, a little later, Jerry Lee Lewis, that one forgets how muc [...]

    10. Steve says:

      There is no better biographer of fifties and sixties music figures than Guralnick, and he does an incredible job of conveying the background and the skills involved in not actually inventing rock n roll, but of allowing it to spring into being in his presence Phillips ran Sun Records, and the music he produced, by Howlin Wolf, by Junior Parker, by Elvis Presley, by Jerry Lee Lewis, by Johnny Cash, by Charlie Rich, by many, many others, was uniformly honest, direct, inspired, and true Beset by me [...]

    11. Chuck says:

      I ve bounced in and out of this incredibly thorough biography of Sam Phillips for six months, finally grinding out the last 200 pages over the past several days Music has always been a big deal for me, and I ve read a considerable amount about the early days of country music, blues, and rock and roll, in which Sam Phillips played such a huge and vital role as the founder and operator of Sun Records in Memphis Nothing I ve read, however, comes close to this book in terms of conveying vivid, three [...]

    12. Tad Richards says:

      I have the same problem with all biographies I want to read the early part the youth, the dreams, the world they grew up in, the world they created I don t really want to read the part where they fall into addiction, or disillusionment I don t always read biographies all the way through.I did read this one all the way through I did like the first part best, but the whole story was compelling enough Guralnick knows his stuff, and what story could possibly be interesting than the story of Sam Phi [...]

    13. Debbie De steno says:

      Great book, enjoyed reading every page

    14. Mike Prochot says:

      Like many reviewers, having spent time in Memphis and having lived through the late 50 s and early 60 s I wanted to like this book For the first 150 pages or so, as the story of Sam Phillips and his recording studio in the early days unfolded, it was interesting, entertaining and historical Then I could sense things starting to go haywire I couldn t reconcile Sam Phillips actions with Peter Guralnick s apologist approach I started wincing around page 69 when Guralnick is describing the beginning [...]

    15. Paul Wilner says:

      Critics and music lovers are raving, but for meo long, exhaustively researched but exhausting to read He got way too close to Phillips to write about him objectively, which could be okay in other circumstances but the circular quotes from Sam demonstrate the nature of the problem A great, larger than life figure as a producer and discoverer of talent, and the Million Dollar Quartet, Elvis, Jerry Lee and Ike Turner stories are fun, but the details of his business and personal life problems less s [...]

    16. Dan Pike says:

      As usual, the commitment to research and detail that Guralnick brings to his work is well on display here with his latest bookThe background and history of the music industry in 1950 s Memphis with all its colorful characters is definitely worth the price of admissionHowever, the microscopic details of Phillip s personal life are far less interesting than anticipated, and make the book somewhat of a drudgeIn short, the book should have been edited down another 200 pagesUnlike Guralnick masterpie [...]

    17. Donna says:

      I should give it two stars for the amazing research time it took to construct such an accurate history, but because it took so long to trudge through the details, I have to stay with three This is not a book to win fans, or become a bestseller, but to enlighten highlight a time that made music history wheels turn evolve, given the accuracy of a precision storytelling tool Add this your music reference library You ll be coming back.

    18. Hapzydeco says:

      Move on over Allen Freed You may have coined the word, but according to Peter Guralnick, Sam Phillips was darn close to it s birth Read this tome then reach your own conclusion.

    19. Kevin Payne says:

      I was very impressed by Sam Phillips and his early commitment to find musicians to record who would bridge the gap between music for whites and blacks and bring the communities together He grew up in Florence, Alabama, near Muscle Shoals, where he grew up exposed to the music of black churches This was partly due to the fact that his family treated a black man, Uncle Silas, as a member of the family He had a vision early on of realizing the dream of recording and airing on radio a type of music [...]

    20. Kent Hayden says:

      Having read Guralnick s long 2 volume bio of Presley I was prepared for way too much info and got it Sam Phillips was an amazing man with a vision to propel him into legendary status His first 10 years are fascinating but his own interest in pursuing recording dimmed and with it my own interest in his extended business affairs So 75% of the book is great and relevant but then it fizzles.

    21. Javiera says:

      Rich anecdotes form a basis for universal themes clearly invoked throughout the narrative Though the chronological structure of the book produced substantial research uncovering the private thoughts and actions of key players, it s somewhat unsurprising that this would be an imposing factor.

    22. Joe Schilp says:

      The incredible story of the man who discovered Elvis, Howlin Wolf, Jerry Lee Louis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and so many A seminal figure in the history of American music.

    23. Jeff Gossett says:

      If you love rock roll and its history you will love these stories about the founder of Sun records

    24. Patrick Duran says:

      Overall, a terrific book which was meticulously researched My only criticism is that the book is a little long winded, which I guess is appropriate considering the subject.

    25. Bill Sleeman says:

      A GREAT history of rock and roll and of the man behind it all A true warts and all biography What I found particularly interesting was to learn about Phillips commitment to women DJs and his generally egalitarian business views I have to qualify that because he was also a philanderer and a cad to his first wife and his several different lovers but he also wanted to create real opportunities for women as radio personalities Phillips warts continue to show as author Peter Guralnick doesn t shy awa [...]

    26. Jeff says:

      Well written but an unfortunate reminder to never meet your heroes.

    27. Gary Anderson says:

      Peter Guralnick, the author of an excellent two volume Elvis Presley biography, now gives us an exhaustive biography of Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records who sought to capture the authentic souls of rural and small town black and white musicians in the 1950s When Phillips worked with musicians, he sought to capture the power of the individual He didn t care about technical imperfection as long as the recorded result captured truth and conveyed fun Using this approach, he was the first to [...]

    28. Art says:

      This gigantic book breaks into two parts, which earn different ratings The exciting first part gets four and a half stars for its discussion of musical styles and influences as well as Sam Phillips through his formative then successful years, roughly 1945 59 The second part, after stars leave Sun Records, gets two stars for going on and on about his ego and personal problems Sam Phillips was born 1923 near Muscles Shoals, Ala, into a family surrounded by music In the sixth grade, he took his fir [...]

    29. Edward Sullivan says:

      Epic and magisterial.

    30. Dana says:

      One of the musicals that most surprised me was Million Dollar Quartet, a story about how Sam Phillips influenced the rise of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Cal Perkins I wanted to learn about Sam Phillips and his recording label, and was thrilled to receive a copy of this from This is a biography that would certainly make Sam s family proud It was clear from the energized wording that the author was excited to tell Sam s story, and that made this fun to read Sam was portrayed as an ho [...]

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