Before Elvis : The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll, Paperback / softback Book

Before Elvis : The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll Paperback / softback


An essential work for rock fans and scholars, Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock `n' Roll surveys the origins of rock 'n' roll from the minstrel era to the emergence of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley.

Unlike other histories of rock, Before Elvis offers a far broader and deeper analysis of the influences on rock music.

Dispelling common misconceptions, it examines rock's origins in hokum songs and big-band boogies as well as Delta blues, detailing the embrace by white artists of African-American styles long before rock 'n' roll appeared.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
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  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9780810886285

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