Sun Records: An Oral History (For the Record)

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It was the place where blues, pop, and country merged into rock and roll--and the sounds that emerged from the tiny storefront at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis are still reverberating around the world nearly fifty years after they were made. On Sam Phillips's bright yellow Sun Records label spun a mind-bendingly eclectic body of music by Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Junior Parker, Johnny Cash, and many others. And one day, a gawky nobody named Elvis Presley walked in.

John Floyd has collected fascinating memories from seminal Sun artists, producers, and scenemakers, including Rufus Thomas, Little Milton, Scotty Moore, Billy Lee Riley, Jack Clement, and more. In their own words, they take you through the studio doors for a riveting look at the most influential creative environment in pop music history and the cantankerous genius who rules over it all--and make you an eyewitness to the birth of rock and roll.It was the place where blues, pop, and country merged into rock and roll--and the sounds that emerged from the tiny storefront at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis are still reverberating around the world nearly fifty years after they were made. On Sam Phillipss bright yellow Sun Records label spun a mind-bendingly eclectic body of music by Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Junior Parker, Johnny Cash, and many others. And one day, a gawky nobody named Elvis Presley walked in.

John Floyd has collected fascinating memories from seminal Sun artists, producers, and scenemakers, including Rufus Thomas, Little Milton, Scotty Moore, Billy Lee Riley, Jack Clement, and more. In their own words, they take you through the studio doors for a riveting look at the most influential creative environment in pop music history and the cantankerous genius who rules over it all--and make you an eyewitness to the birth of rock and roll.

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Dave Marsh was a founding editor of Creem and an editor at Rolling Stone, where he created The Rolling Stone Record Guide. He is a music critic at Playboy, publisher of Rock & Rap Confidential, and a prolific author of books about music and pop culture. His Before I Get Old is the definitive biography of The Who, and Glory Days and Born to Run, both about Bruce Springsteen, were bestsellers. He lives in New York and Connecticut.

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In his introduction to the inaugural volume in a new series of rock oral histories, series editor Dave Marsh writes, "For the Record isn't concerned with the most obvious stars; exploring the stories untold and half-told which need to be properly retold constitutes our mission." The problem is the first-person accounts of a handful of session musicians fortunate enough to witness history (Roland Janes, Scotty Moore, Jim Dickinson) and a few hopefuls that fame would pass by (Billy Lee Riley, Malcolm Yelvington) will give neophytes, at least, little sense of the importance of the legendary Memphis record label that offered first breaks to the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, not to mention the young Elvis Presley. By sidestepping the admittedly well-trodden paths of The King's meteoric rise or Jerry Lee's fall from grace, it's hard to grasp the importance of what Sam Phillips created and the command he had of popular American music. Fans of Marsh's music journalism are justified to expect more of his characteristic vigor and immodesty. Perhaps other inaugural volumes on less well-covered subjects (soul shouters Sam and Dave and British goth metal progenitors Black Sabbath) will be more straightforward.
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