Machers and Rockers: Chess Records and the Business of Rock & Roll

Machers and Rockers: Chess Records and the Business of Rock & Roll

by Rich Cohen

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"Rich Cohen is a born storyteller, and this tale of how Muddy Waters and Leonard Chess helped invent Rock & Roll in Chicago in the 1950s is a tough, funny and smart read. It's a big story, told in a big way." —Jann Wenner

A tour-de-force history of Jews, blues, and the birth of a new industry. On the south side of Chicago in the late 1940s, two immigrants, one a Jew born in Russia, the other a black blues singer from Mississippi met and changed the course of musical history. Muddy Waters electrified the blues, and Leonard Chess recorded it. Soon Bo Diddly and Chuck Berry added a dose of pulsating rhythm, and Chess Records captured that, too. Rock & roll had arrived, and an industry was born. In a book as vibrantly and exuberantly written as the music and people it portrays, Rich Cohen tells the engrossing story of how Leonard Chess, with the other record men, made this new sound into a multi-billion-dollar business aggressively acquiring artists, hard-selling distributors, riding the crest of a wave that would crash over a whole generation. Full of absorbing lore and animated by a deep love for popular music, Machers and Rockers is a smash hit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393052800
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/2004
Series: Enterprise Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 371,676
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rich Cohen is the author of Tough Jews, The Avengers, and Lake Effect. He lives in New York City.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 30, 1968

Place of Birth:

Lake Forest, Illinois


B.A., Tulane University, 1990

Table of Contents

1Today You Are a Man, Go Get Me a Drink13
2Jew Street23
3The Call It the Blues, but It Makes You Want to Dance69
42120 South Michigan119
5The Kids Dig It, but the Kids Are Sick155
6The Record Man Pays for Our Sins179
Suggested Listening203

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