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A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly Music [Format Kindle]

Max Décharné
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Rockabilly had its roots in country, blues, folk, hillbilly, R&B, boogie-woogie and most other indigenous Deep South forms of popular song that you could strum three chords along to or howl down a cheap microphone. It was young people's music, made almost entirely by the first wave of teenagers, despised by adults in general and the country music establishment in particular. Its pioneer exponent, Elvis, eventually become respectable in the eyes of straight society but he was the exception.

1950s rockabilly was a spontaneous outburst of spirited three-chord songs, tiny record labels, primitive studios, fiercely partisan audiences and wild-eyed, driven performers who weren't even sure that their musical careers would last the week. The book charts the rise (and fall) of the original 50s wave of rockabillies. It will also follow the progress of the music, in clubs, on radio, TV and film, pinpointing the key record labels and important regional centres, showing how fashions eventually changed and left rockabilly high and dry, far too wild and primitive in an era of smoother sounds. Décharné traces the music to its Memphis roots.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5432 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 356 pages
  • Editeur : Serpent's Tail (9 décembre 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004FLJ6LY
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sur le sujet, c'est la Bible 5 octobre 2013
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The best book on the subject that has been written so far, not as erudite as Guralnick's but quite fantastic just the same.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 THE BEST OF ALL ROCKBILLY HISTORIES 9 septembre 2010
Par paul vernon - Publié sur
This is perhaps the best book about the genre that I've ever encountered, and I've been listening and reading since 1963. It takes us from the roots in the 1920's and 30's, up through the postwar Honky Tonk, R&B and Blues that flowed into what Alan Freed once described as "a river of music". What the first rockabilly record was is as contentious a question as what the first Hillbilly, Jazz or Blues record was. However, the movement coalesced in July 1954 with the appearance of Elvis on Sun, which created a fireball of local music that had kind of petered out around 1959; but, as Decharne lucidly explains, it never really went away. Throughout the 1960's it was still played locally in juke joints in the south, jealously guarded by a few collectors and then revived successfully in Europe and Japan in the early 1970's. It's still a force to be reckoned with and, therefore, has close to a 60 year pedigree.

Max Decharne, a musician, historian and very capable author explains all this in an enjoyably readable, often wryly amusing style that illuminates dark corners as well as obvious paths. I don't think there has been a better overall survey of the genre, as he covers stars, no-hopers, seminal record labels, domestic and overseas tours, radio, television, film, the Euro-revival, the neuvo-rockabilly bands and how they coexisted with Punk and other genres. Nicely illustrated, with a good bibliography, I can only fault it for the absence of an index. Well worth buying.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Barn-Burner Of A Page-Turner 23 août 2010
Par Cow - Publié sur
That it took until 2010 for the definitive history of rockabilly to be published is, perhaps, as great a mystery as why Charlie Feathers ain't a household name. In lesser hands, this book would've easily constituted Crimes Against Timber, but in the very capable hands of Max Décharné, we have completely different results. Steering miles away from coming across as academic or didactic, dry or boring, Décharné [or Max, as I like to call him] has given us a book every bit as loaded with history as it is loaded with the author's own passion, enthusiasm and knowledge. Quite unlike other books covering similar ground, Décharné never once tries to put himself across as being somehow cooler than his subject matter of choice, which has always been my problem with many of his peers. The remarkable strength of this book is that it's equally approachable for the curious novice as well as for the jaded rockabilly aficionado. No small feat, that. From the familiar stories that bear repeating [Jerry Lee, Elvis, Carl Perkins] to stories of the criminally unsung [Marvin Rainwater, Joe Clay, Gene Maltais] and the deliriously unhinged [Hasil Adkins, Mel Robbins, The Phantom], this book packs a hell of a wallop. Max Décharné has a long history of setting his standards high - equally through his music and his authorly doings - and 'A Rocket In My Pocket' only raises those standards. Recommended with supreme confidence.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Little shakin going on 14 janvier 2012
Par Dr. Wilson Trivino - Publié sur
Living in the South and the heart of Dixie Atlanta, I am witness to the underground Rockabilly scene, one that is filled with tattoo pin up girls, flashy suits, and the twang distinct sound of Rockabilly music.
I was only aware of what I had experience until I read A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster Guide to Rockabilly Music by Max Décharné. The author is more than simply a writer on this subject, he has lived it by being in a band and experiencing the genre for over 30 years. What makes him more of an expert is that being from England he had to work hard to discover this sound. Nothing is taken for granted and he makes the historical review fun.
What I enjoyed in this book is the first hand accounts of the many lost names of Rockabilly. Everyone knows Elvis and Johnny Cash but there are countless others that were lost in the mix as one hit wonders or unable to cash in on their style.
This book has photographs and a long list of songs that capture what makes Rockabilly unique. According Décharné rockabilly music is "essentially a mutant blend of up tempo country and hillbilly sounds combined with the backbeat of jump R&B, it erupted in numerous dance halls, bars and cheap studios across America in the wake of the massively influential handful of singles which Elvis cut for the Sun label in 1954 and '55."
This niche in the American music scene is made up of largely one of individual recordings rather than stars. So this book does a good job of delving into lost names of artist whose music left their own stamp.
While we are going through a tremendous amount of change in the world with financial, social, and information upheaval, a visit to a simpler time of the Rockabilly sound conjures the notion of a time when our nation was filled with possibility.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "ROCKET" IS OUT OF THIS WORLD! 22 juillet 2012
Par Mark S. Crawford - Publié sur
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As a college music teacher and rockabilly fan, this is the best source I've read about rockabilly. Even though Elvis is on the cover, it is not a book dwelling solely on him or Sun Records. The book is very even in the content it spends on other contributors.

This book has it all, including a great historical account of how rockabilly came to be; profiles of all the important people and groups that shaped the sound; names of great forgotten or overlooked songs (have youtube cued up as you read!); quotes and interviews; an informative section about rockabilly related movies, all presented by Max Decharne in a concise, reverent and passionate style.

My only nit-picking observation is that Carl Perkins is not referred to and discussed more as the "King of Rockabilly." There is also no mention of the brick and mortar International Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, TN (see for information).

Get this book for all the written details. Get Michael Dregni's book "Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World" for all the great visuals/pictures. I also hear there is a movie/documentary in the works entitled "Tear It Up!" (

Highly recommend. Read "Rocket in my Pocket" and you'll be ready to Go, Cat!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It was a gift to someone 12 janvier 2013
Par Gertie - Publié sur
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Don't really know anything about the book, since it was a gift to someone who had listed it on their Christmas Wish List.
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