Machers and rockers : Chess Records and the business of rock & roll / Rich Cohen.
Author: Cohen, Rich.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004.
ISBN: 039305280X (hardcover)
Description: 220 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Subject: Chess, Leonard, 1917-1969.
Chess, Phil, 1921-
Chess Records (Firm).
Sound recording executives and producers United States Biography.
Notes: "Atlas Books."
Contents: Today you are a man, go get me a drink -- Jew Street -- They call it the blues, but it makes you want to dance -- 2120 South Michigan -- The kids dig it, but the kids are sick -- The record man pays for our sins.
Summary: "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 Diddley and Chuck Berry added a dose of pulsating rhythm, and Chess Records captured that, too. Rock & Roll had arrived, and an industry was born." "Rich Cohen tells the engrossing story of how Chess, with the other record men, made this new sound into a multi-billion-dollar business - aggressively acquiring artists, strong-arming distributors, riding the crest of a wave that would crash over a whole generation."--BOOK JACKET.