Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'round the World - The Complete Illustrated History
Gatehouse News Service ..".a compelling, fascinating collection that finally gives a brash, revolutionary musical style its due, and reminds us that even though it was short lived, it never really went away." Publishers Weekly
"Born out of Elvis Presley's improvisational cut of That's All Right recorded at Sun Records in 1954, Rockabilly's time under the spotlight was brief, but its reverberating influence still rings true. This illustrated history, much like the music, is a frantic journey, full of passion and charisma. A blend of bluegrass, jazz, and Hillbilly that predates both rock 'n' roll and country, the origins of the term "Rockabilly" eludes even its most famous figures. Burgess's tales of touring with Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison make clear that showmanship was prerequisite to the style that encompassed such greats as Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Interviews with lesser known musicians like Charlie Feathers give the story a personal touch. In varying manifestations, bona fide Rockabilly principles have endured from the 1970s European revival, through the brash "Psychobilly" of The Stray Cats and The Cramps, and on to the current new wave. Over 600 photographs and images of original tour posters, vinyl sleeves, and paraphernalia provide an electrifying account orchestrated with an authenticity that only adds to its already overwhelming worldwide appeal." Lincoln Star Journal "This 232-page coffee-table book is filled with more than 600 photographs, concert posters, images of album covers and 45s and other memorabilia. So I've spent several nights just looking at the pictures. I haven't read most of the text, which includes essays by Peter Guralnick and Greil Marcus among others and quotes and quips from rockabillies like Sonny Burgess, who wrote the intro, and the great Wanda Jackson. Covering the movement from its 1950s explosion, with a lot on Sun Records, to contemporary purveyors of the vintage sound, the book is a must if you'