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I enjoy Ed Ward's NPR pieces about little known rock performers very much, but significant omissions and biases keep this from being an authoritative history of rock. This book purports to cover 1920-1963, but the author skips rather quickly from 1920 to about 1950 with only brief mentions of important artists like Louis Jordan and Bob Wills. He then gives short shrift to Bill Haley whose important role in the evolution of early rock, predates Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Elvis. Ed Ward is evenhanded in his approach to other performers here, but he is not only outright derisive of Haley ("his ridiculous spit curl") but worse, he perpetuates the uniquely American myth that Haley was an insignificant anomaly.
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It is wonderful to read such a well researched history of rock. I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment.