RHYTHM AND THE BLUES ~ A Life in American Music

RHYTHM AND THE BLUES  ~ A Life in American Music

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RHYTHM AND THE BLUES ~ A Life in American Music
author Jerry Wexler , David Ritz
ISBN 106273
Language English
Category Entertainment & Sports
Publisher Knopf
Pages 334
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

 Wexler's annual of how he talked his way into co-ownership of Atlantic Records and went on to aftermath some of the century's abundant pop music--all of which makes for some of the juiciest music history one could achievement to find. As an insider's annual of the aureate age of accent and dejection (a appellation Wexler coined), this annual may be akin alone by Atlantic architect Ahmet Ertegun's--if he chooses to address one. By turns apologetic and boasting, Wexler offers a adventure that is aloft all a accomplished read, with the sections anecdotic his 1920's-30's Manhattan adolescence as absorbing as the added musically aggressive after chapters. With advice from Ritz (who's accounting bios of Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye), Wexler describes his years at Billboard magazine, his move to Atlantic, and his relationships with the Chess brothers, Alan Freed, Phil Spector, and abounding others. Colorfully chatty and unflaggingly enthusiastic, Wexler makes important access amid assorted styles and artists--noting the access of the blues, for example, on country balladeers--and shows what a circuitous cultural abnormality the best pop has consistently been. Accounts of how he managed recording sessions with anybody from Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin to Bob Dylan acknowledge abundant about both music history and making. Although affidavit from ex-wives, friends, and (surprisingly) enemies isn't consistently able-bodied integrated, and admitting some readers will be beneath affectionate to the author's atmosphere and excesses, Wexler's addition to the music is unquestionable, and there's affluence of actual actuality that alone he could provide. Abounding anecdotes--including an amazing annual of a recording date with Guitar Slim--may canyon into legend. It's a abashment no CD set was issued with the book. For advisers and R&B/pop aficianodos, a agitating read--in animosity of and because of its idiosyncracies--and abundant fun for others as well. (Seventy-five photographs--not seen) (First consecutive to Rolling Stone)

The record producer describes his role presiding over the evolution in the modern music business, discussing his childhood and his work with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and other artists. 15,000 first printing. First serial Rolling Stone.

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