Peter Guralnick – Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll


The author of the critically acclaimed Elvis Presley biography Last Train to Memphis brings us the life of Sam Phillips, the visionary genius who singlehandedly steered the revolutionary path of Sun Records.

The music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison.

Author: Peter Guralnick
Narrator: Kevin Stillwell
Duration: 29 hours 32 minutes
Released: 15 Oct 2011
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Language: English

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What a story; the unique tale of the birth of rock n roll and the amazing portrait of the man who was handmaiden to its creation. Brilliantly detailed, beautifully written and fully realized, bravo!