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Dewey and Elvis: The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Deejay (Music in American Life) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Louis Cantor

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10. April 2010 Music in American Life
Beginning in 1949, while Elvis Presley and Sun Records were still virtually unknown - and two full years before Alan Freed famously 'discovered' rock 'n' roll - Dewey Phillips brought rock 'n' roll to the Memphis airwaves by playing Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and Muddy Waters on his nightly radio show Red, Hot and Blue. The mid-South's most popular white deejay, 'Daddy-O-Dewey' is part of rock 'n' roll history for being the first major disc jockey to play Elvis Presley (and subsequently to conduct the first live, on-air interview with Elvis). This book illustrates Phillips' role in turning a huge white audience on to previously forbidden race music. His zeal for rhythm and blues legitimized the sound and set the stage for both Elvis' subsequent success and the rock 'n' roll revolution of the 1950s. Using personal interviews, documentary sources, and the oral history collections at the Center for Southern Folklore and the University of Memphis, Louis Cantor presents a very personal view of the disc jockey while arguing for his place as an essential part of rock 'n' roll history.

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"Through documentary materials, personal interviews, and oral histories, Cantor makes a good case for Dewey as an essential ingredient in the rise of rock-and-roll." Memphis "Cantor's biography offers more than the story of an underappreciated disc jockey and his relationship to Elvis. Woven throughout the book is thoughtful, original, and illuminating research on the social history of race and how notions about racial identity and geographical space informed the ways in which the segregated white and black residents of Memphis interacted and were involved in one another's musical cultures and social spheres." The Journal of Southern History "The book does a fine job of describing the Memphis scene, Dewey's ascent to the heights of popularity and the too-familiar fall from grace due to drugs and alcohol. It also makes a strong case for Daddy-O-Dewey getting more credit for his part in shaping the future of Rock 'N' Roll. Dewey and Elvis is a fascinating read well worth your time." Crossroads Blues Society News "The strength of this work lies in Cantor's use of oral histories and personal interviews with people who spent time with the major figures he discusses: Dewey Phillips, Presley, and Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records. In describing them the author provides an account of the biracial culture of Memphis during the 1950s and its musical scene on the eve of Elvis's rise to fame. Very little has been written on Dewey Phillips, who was extremely popular locally before Presley or Sam Phillips ever became known, and Cantor contends that their respective legacies owe much, if not all, to Dewey's influence. This biographical work should be in all music collections. Essential." Choice "Cantor takes us on the Dewey Phillips journey with an intelligence and rigour that is seldom found in run of the mill pop biographies, placing him firmly in the same terrain as Guralnick and Bowman rather than the cut and paste" merchants who populate the mainstream market...What's particularly powerful about the book are the exhaustive personal interviews, the anecdotes and insights from any number of key figures from the period, including Sam Phillips, George Klein and Dewey's wife Dot Phillips...This book is an essential read for all lovers of R & B and American southern music." Shades of Blue

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It all started in 1949 when Memphis's own WDIA became the first radio station in the country to switch to all-black programming. After WDIA went off the air, WHBQ decided to capture some of their newly discovered black audience by putting "Daddy-O-Dewey" Phillips--the most popular white deejay in the mid-South--on a new show, Red, Hot and Blue. Although the show originally aired for just fifteen minutes a night, its impact was immeasurable.

While Elvis and Sun Records were still virtually unknown--and two full years before Alan Freed famously "discovered" rock and roll--Dewey Phillips was playing Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and Muddy Waters. Phillips is part of rock 'n' roll history for being the first major disc jockey to play Elvis Presley (and subsequently to conduct the first live, on-air interview with Elvis). Louis Cantor argues, however, for an expanded understanding of Phillips's role in turning a huge white audience on to previously forbidden race music.  Phillips zeal for rhythm and blues legitimized the sound and set the stage for both Elvis's subsequent success and the rock 'n' roll revolution of the 1950s.

Using personal interviews, documentary sources, and the oral history collections at the Center for Southern Folklore and the University of Memphis, Cantor presents a very personal view of the disc jockey while arguing for his place as an essential part of rock 'n' roll history. Loaded with anecdotes and insights about key figures, including Elvis's close friend George Klein and Sun Records' Sam Phillips, Dewey and Elvis will be irresistible to anyone interested in Elvis, the Memphis music scene, or the history of rock 'n' roll.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating, smoothly flowing examination of one man's life and contributions to popular music 5. September 2005
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Dewey And Elvis: The Life And Times Of A Rock 'n' Roll Deejay is a biography drawn from personal interviews, documentary sources, and oral history collections to give a personal, no-holds-barred view of celebrated disc jockey Dewey Phillips. Indiana University professor emeritus of history Louis Cantor suggests that Phillips zeal for and promotion of rhythm and blues music set the stage for a 1950's transformation in rock-'n'-roll, not to mention Elvis' legendary success. A fascinating, smoothly flowing examination of one man's life and contributions to popular music in the mid-twentieth century.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pleasantly Surprised 22. Juli 2010
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I have to admit that I approached this book with some hesitation. I was not sure I wanted to spend the money and time finding out about a "Rock 'n' Roll Deejay." (The title did not reassure me.) Yet I was curious about Phillips, a much-mentioned but distant figure in the Sun Records and Presley story. Turns out, it is a very good book about both, but even more so about Dewey Phillips himself and the role of DJs in promoting the music. The author shows Phillips as the comic and tragic character that he was, with sympathy but without the uncritical or "gotcha" attitudes that mar much writing about this music. I learned a lot about the origins of R and R and the music industry in the South in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as how the Presley phenom came into being. Phillips' relationship with Elvis both made him and destroyed him. He ended up an alcoholic and drug addict in lonely isolation. Sun Records owner Sam Phillips (no relation) and Presley more or less had to support his estranged family as he descended into his personal hell. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in those subjects. A good and informative read, and a very interesting story.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great! Thanks very much!! 15. April 2014
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Great! Thanks very much!! Great! Thanks very much!! Great! Thanks very much!! Great! Thanks very much!! Great! Thanks very much!! (sorry for the repetition but apparently there's a required word count for these "reviews"...personally, I feel that brevity is the essence of effective communication.)
5.0 von 5 Sternen Dewey & Elvis 18. Mai 2013
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Great, a must read for all Presley fans. A fascinating insight into the mechanics that gave birth to the Elvis legend.
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