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The Alan Freed Story - The Early Years of Rock & Roll

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  • 400 Pages
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  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Publisher: Collectables Records

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In the mid-1950s, Cleveland's Alan Freed introduced a new musical form to teenage America: he named the new sound "rock & roll," introducing it on his famous "Moondog Matinee" radio show. Building tremendous fame and power, Freed relocated to New York's WINS, where he promoted several groups (Including the Moonglows), and mounted several major touring shows. Freed could make or break a new release - and made clear to promoters the price they'd have to pay for his support of a new record. The result was the famous late-'50s payola scandals, in which the links between radio airplay, record promotion, and the mob were first uncovered. Through it all, Freed remained the prime spokesman for a generation of breakthrough artists, and a champion of America's newest sounds. Without Alan Freed, there would have been no Cousin Brucie, Wolfman Jack, Don Imus, or Howard Stern - and Cleveland would not be the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This compelling story of how one deejay remade the American musical scene is indeed one "no rock fan will want to miss."

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In the mid 1950's, Cleveland's Alan Freed Introduced a new musical form to teenage America. He named the new sound "Rock & Roll". Building tremendous fame and power, Freed could make or break a new release-and made clear to promoters the price they'd have to pay for his support. The result was the famous late - 50's payola scandals, in which the links between radio airplay, record promotion and the mob were first uncovered. Through it all, Freed remained the prime spokesman for a generation of breakthrough artists, and a champion of America's newest sound. This compelling story of how one deejay remade the American musical scene is indeed one "no rock fan will want to miss."

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Rating 5.0 Alan Freed Story Customer: from Old Bridge NJ -- December, 26, 2013

I listened to Alan Freed every night on the radio as he played all the best Rock & Roll. I was at the Brooklyn NY Paramount Theater when the NYC Cops busted him and shut the concert show down for rowdiness but the cops were the ones that caused the riot by their actions


Rating 5.0 The Alan Freed Story - The Early Years Of Rock & Roll Customer: from OZARK, AL US -- August, 19, 2012

Rock & Roll fans of all ages will enjoy this book. Old folks like me will find it jogs our memories of those earlier golden days; and younger fans will find it to be a pretty thorough education on how it all started and the social temperature of America in the 50s and early 60s. The King is dead, Long live the King!


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  • Sales Rank: 8,159
  • ISBN: 0977379809
  • EAN: 9780977379804
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