The field hollers and work songs of American slaves morphed into the blues, which evolved into rhythm and blues as technology advanced. Field Hollers Yield Dollars tells the uniquely American story of the marketing scheme that whitewashed rhythm and blues to create rock and roll.
Jim discusses how the music in the United States at the end of the 50s became lifeless under the control of the music industry. Teen idols were churned out of the machine and onto television, and all the while, young people across the pond were discovering a treasure trove of American blues records from cats like Muddy Waters. The Rolling Stones and the Beatles bring America’s music back to America, but Jim tells us how they ended up managing their careers far better than Elvis did before them.
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And be sure to look for Jim in the upcoming DevlinPix music-comedy The Front Man.