Go Cat Go!: Rockabilly Music and Its Makers

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University of Illinois Press, 1996 - Music - 326 pages
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Go Cat Go! is the first solid overview of rockabilly, from its crystallization as a recognizable style in 1954 with Elvis Presley's first release through its fadeout at the end of the 1950s and subsequent revival in the late 1970s. Craig Morrison's lively account will bring back memories of "Blue Suede Shoes, " "Be-Bop-A-Lula, " Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, and more. Morrison defines the genre, plots its historical and stylistic development, identifies its main performers and recordings, and presents the who, what, where, and when of the music. He draws on personal and published interviews, printed sources, his own vast record collection, and his insights as a professional musician in re-creating country music's romance with rhythm and blues, which exploded into rockabilly, a music form once described by Carl Perkins as "a country man's song with a black man's rhythm." Characterized by its identifiable country and rhythm and blues inflections, blues structures, the use of an echo effect, a wild or extreme vocal style, a strong rhythm and beat, and an obvious Presley influence, rockabilly peaked rapidly and all but disappeared just as rapidly. Revived in the late 1970s with bands like the Stray Cats, rockabilly is now popular from Japan to Finland.
 

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I really enjoyed this book. It may not be for someone who is looking for a story, it is more an informational book about the rockabilly genre. I enjoyed the chapter by chapter breakdown of each artist ... Read full review

Go cat go!: rockabilly music and its makers

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A versatile musician and academic, Morrison is a radio columnist, bandleader, and musicology teacher and is currently pursuing a doctorate in the humanities. He brings considerable erudition and a ... Read full review

Contents

Look Out Mabel
1
Come on Little Mama
13
Move It on Over
24
Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On
42
Mystery Train
55
Red Hot
73
Got a Rocket in My Pocket
111
Lets Have a Party
127
Jungle Rock
183
Everybodys Movin Again
194
Rockabilly Rebel
224
Conclusion
253
Notes
259
Bibliography
271
Selected Discography
277
Song Title Index
301

Lets Go Boppiri Tonight
134
Gonna Shake This Shack
140
Summertime Blues
169

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Morrison is a Musicologist and bandleader

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