Rockabilly: the twang heard ’round the world

Posted by Miriam On July - 7 - 20113,278 views

We’ve got a request by Eventageous PR Ltd on behalf of MBI Publishing Company (of Voyageur Press) with the question if we want to make a review about the recently published book  “Rockabilly, the twang heard ‘round the world”.
Now there are several books published about rockabilly, rock ’n roll and the heroes of this time, but this book is really fantastic! Indeed an illustrated history, very stylish and graphic.
The book contains interviews and reminiscences from Brian Setzer, Wanda Jackson, Scotty Moore, Deke Dickerson, Robert Gordon, Charlie Feathers, Glen Glenn, Billy Riley etc.
More than 600 rare photographs, concert posters, singles and LP’s, memorabilia and collectibles. It doesn’t only describes the history and background of those days and artists, but it also includes looks at the fashions, guitars, amps, and recording techniques that made the genre come alive, as well as the latter day rockers (Sleepy LaBeef, The Stray Cats, The Cramps, etc.) who gave it life after the ‘50s.
The author of this hardcover book is Michael Dregni , with the cooperation of Greil Marcus, Craig Morrison, David McGee, Luc Sante and many more. The foreword is written by Rock ‘n Roll legend Sonny Burgess. The book has eight different chapters, below a brief summary:
Chapter 1: Sunrise; Elvis Presley at Sun Records 1954-1955.
Chapter 2: Whole lotta shakin’; Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Chapter 3: Sun’s unsung rockabilly heroes; those who would be king.
Chapter 4: Rockabilly far and wide; local stars, regional hits.
Chapter 5: Gene and Eddie.
Chapter 6: The dark ages of the 1960s; rockabilly lives on in the shadows.
Chapter 7: Rockabilly, european style; twang with a foreign accent.
Chapter 8: Rave on; the worldwide rockabilly revival.

Even those who aren’t fans of the rockabillly genre would love this book, but when you’re a true rockabilly? Then you need this book!
We give you the opportunity to have this book in your collection. On behalf of Eventageous PR Ltd we’ll have two copies available for our website visitors. We’ve devised a little contest, consisting of three questions.
The answers to these questions can naturally be found in the book, but the real ‘die-hards’ know these facts undoubtedly.  

Question 1: what is the date (exact day and year) of the famous Sun-recordings of the Million Dollar Quartet?

Question 2: What type of guitar is known as the Golden Guitar which Scotty Moore played as Elvis’ guitarist in 1955?

Question 3: Who was the first artist of which a longplayer was released at Sun Records?

Email your correct answers before July 31 2011 to: and we’ll choose two winners from the correct entries, who will get a message as soon as possible.
Don’t let this great opportunity pass you by and respond, you won’t regret it!!

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