White Boy Singin' the Blues by Michael Bane

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"White Boy Singin' the Blues" is both a musical history of Memphis, the city which gave birth to rock'n'roll, and an examination of the ways in which white and black musics have interacted. In this work, Michael Bane examines the whole history of the music, from the black roots of spirituals and blues, through the beginnings of rock'n'roll, and its evolution through the Twist, the British Invasion, Motown, funk, Southern boogie, and disco. The result is an idiosyncratic history of rock, and a culturally penetrating account of this hybrid music.

About Michael Bane

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Bane is an award-winning journalist and a contributor to Men's Journal, Rolling Stone and Esquire
Published January 28, 1982 by Penguin Books. 269 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Adding very little of substance to the scores of recent books which have analyzed black/white interaction in pop-music history, Bane offers a spotty, slangy overview of black-influenced music since the Fifties.

Jan 28 1981 | Read Full Review of White Boy Singin' the Blues

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Bane's relaxed and engaging history of the symbiotic, often uneasy relationship between black and white music focuses on Memphis, where the blues came of age. Photos. (Apr.)

Mar 30 1992 | Read Full Review of White Boy Singin' the Blues

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