Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll

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Da Capo Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 364 pages
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Rock 'n' roll defined the last half of the twentieth century, and while many think of Elvis Presley as the genre's driving force, the truth is that Fats Domino, whose records have sold more than 100 million copies, was the first to put it on the map with such hits as "Ain't That a Shame" and "Blueberry Hill." In Blue Monday, acclaimed R&B scholar Rick Coleman draws on a multitude of new interviews with Fats Domino and many other early musical legends (among them Lloyd Price, the Clovers, Charles Brown, and members of Buddy Holly's group, the Crickets) to create a definitive biography of not just an extraordinary man but also a unique time and place: New Orleans at the birth of rock 'n' roll. Coleman's groundbreaking research makes for an immense cultural biography, the first to thoroughly explore the black roots of rock 'n' roll and its impact on civil rights inAmerica. A true music lovers' biography, Blue Monday, includes new revelations about the politics behind the music labels of the 1930s and 1940s, and provides a searing indictment of the great white myths of rock 'n' roll. Coleman also brings the African-American culture of New Orleans to life, and his narrative is passionate, compassionate, and authoritative. Blue Monday is the first biography to convey the full scope of Fats Domino's impact on the popular music of the twentieth century.

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Review: Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll

User Review  - Ladonna Sanders - Goodreads

Elvis Presley referred to Fats as “The King of Rock 'n' Roll” and this author documented the truth of that statement. I will have to read this book several times to learn it all, which is what I want ... Read full review

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User Review  - James RC Baker - Goodreads

I hope you'll read this bio of Antoine Domino--gift to the world! "At one Southern roadside cafe, a man told the Big SHow musicians as they entered, "We don't serve niggers." "That's all right," Chuck Berry replied with a wicked smile, "I don't et 'em." Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Rick Coleman's work has appeared in Offbeat, Goldmine, Billboard, and Rolling Stone, and in liner notes for the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard. He lives outside New Orleans.

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