About the book
Rockabilly had its roots in country, blues, folk, hillbilly, R&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. Décharné traces the music to its Memphis roots.
A read as rip-roaring and exciting as the records and singers he eulogises.
The definitive book on rockabilly... tells you all you need to know
If Rocket in My Pocket doesn't make you want to go out, get drunk, listen to Charlie Feathers and get into a fight, then you have no soul.
An immaculately researched and evangelically passionate tome... a pretty much definitive guide to this short-lived but sprawling genre.
This is a great book... the most concise history of all things rockabilly that I've come across so far... informative and objective... Décharné writes well and has a great turn of phrase... a well-written and much-needed book.