The Record Men: The Chess Brothers and the Birth of Rock & Roll (Enterprise)

The Record Men: The Chess Brothers and the Birth of Rock & Roll (Enterprise)

by Rich Cohen

Paperback((An Atlas/Norton Book))

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"Brilliant; the best book I have ever read about the recording industry; a classic."—Larry King

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. Originally published in hardcover as Machers and Rockers. About the series: Enterprise pairs distinguished writers with stories of the economic forces that have shaped the modern worlds; the institutions, the entrepreneurs, the ideas. Enterprise introduces a new genre; the business book as literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393327502
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2005
Series: Enterprise Series
Edition description: (An Atlas/Norton Book)
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 806,810
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(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

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Anonymous 8 months ago
Short number of pages, huge historical information. One ebook problem; none of the captioned pictures were reproduced. If you're a student of the blues or just a fan of the music, this is a treasure trove.