Gene Vincent--most famous for his classic 1950s rendition of "Be-Bop-A-Lula"--is one of the most influential rock and roll artists of all times. Elvis Presley adopted his loose-hipped style, and bands from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles toured Britain with him throughout the fifties and early sixties. Led Zepplin's Robert Plant lauds Vincent as his favorite vocalist of all time, Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck claims Vincent is the reason he played music, and Paul Westerberg of the Replacements calls him "the soul of Rock and Roll." But beyond his undeniable musical importance lay a man with an almost pathological personality whose creative talents and volatile temper never failed--for better or for worse--to touch those around him. Elvis Presley, with his suggestive gyrations, was disturbing to mainstream America in the 50s. Gene Vincent, with his earthy lyrics, moans and pants, and full-on bodily contortions was downright shocking. This is the first biography of this incredible figure in the history of American music.
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Sue VanHecke's work has appeared in Spin, Creem, Kerrang! and Goldmine. She is the publisher of Original Cool, a Rockabilly fanzine, and currently writes for The Virginian Pilot. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia.
"...a moving account... [A] damned good read." -- Now Dig This, U.K.
"I loved it! I couldn't put it down!" -- Brian Setzer, Grammy-winning guitarist
"The best thing I've ever read on Gene Vincent." -- Ron Weiser, Rollin' Rock magazine and Rollin' Rock Records
"Using a bit of artistic license, VanHecke – a strong researcher – paints no pretty picture of 'Be-Bop-A-Lula's' self-destructive auteur." -- Goldmine, USA
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Descripción Minotaur Books, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110312262221
Descripción Minotaur Books. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0312262221 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.0086848