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Monday, September 5, 2011

HELL, YEAH! ROCKABILLY: A ROCKET IN MY POCKET!

HELL, YEAH! ROCKABILLY: A ROCKET IN MY POCKET!

MAX DÉCHARNÉ

A Rocket in my Pocket is the story of rockabilly music, the primal 50s howl of rockin’ rage that helped start it all.Rockabilly had its roots in country, blues, folk, hillbilly, R and 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. races the music to its Memphis roots.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Max Décharné is a writer and musician. He has written about music regularly for Mojo magazine since 1998, where he is their chief authority on the subject of rockabilly music, which he has followed and played since the 1970s. He is the author of six books, including Straight from the Fridge, Dad: A Dictionary of Hipster Slang

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