All Roots Lead to Rock: Legends of Early Rock 'n' Roll : a Bear Family Reader

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Colin Escott
Schirmer Books, 1999 - Rhythm and blues music - 257 pages
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All Roots Lead to Rock tells the story of a group of "couldabeens, hasbeens, shouldabeens," and just plain "weres" to show the many different influences that came together to make the mighty musical stew we call rock 'n' roll. The family tree of rock 'n' roll has many branches. And the roots are often lost in the dusky soil - far from view of even the most loyal listeners. So today's fans of Marilyn Manson may only be vaguely familiar with the original Son-of-Satan, Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Hawkins's stage act included a mixture of voodoo, high gothic horror, and just plain kitsch that would have made Alice Cooper blush.

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About the author (1999)

Colin Escott (b. 1949), the foremost authority on Sun Records, first wrote the company's history in 1975 and has revised and expanded it several times since. He has published several other volumes on the early days of country music, including a biography of Hank Williams and "The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon." He won a Grammy for his work on Mercury Records' "The Complete Hank Williams", and in 2010 received a Tony nomination for "Million Dollar Quartet", a Broadway musical about the legendary one-night jam session of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, scheduled to open in London in February 2011. In 2010, he was nominated for a Grammy for producing "Hank Williams: The Complete Mother's Best Recordings.

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