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The Blues traces its musical roots to the artists enslaved in the cotton fields of America. In the 1940’s and ’50s, the Blues evolved with new technology to become Rhythm & Blues. Field Hollers Yield Dollars tells the uniquely American story of how Rhythm & Blues was whitewashed to become Rock & Roll.
Many consider Rocket 88 to be the very first Rock & Roll record. Jim sheds some light on a period where Sam Phillips was recording this style of raw R&B, with young inexperienced musicians, and reveals what he believes to be the first record that truly deserves the label of Rock & Roll. In this context he also discusses the co-opting of Elvis and how his musical heros were left unremembered, flat broke and busted.
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And be sure to look for Jim in the upcoming DevlinPix music-comedy The Front Man.
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