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"Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History." (Courtesy photo)

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"Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History." This superb coffee-table style book will thrill any fan of early rock 'n' roll and the hillbilly bop that got the label "rockabilly."

Filled with vintage photographs of rockabillies from the most famous, Elvis Presley, to the more obscure, like The Phantom, to even lesser-known regional stars, the book also features essays by top critics such as Greil Marcus and Peter Guralnick and interviews/reminiscences from the likes of Brian Setzer, Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins and Charlie Feathers.

The result is a book that can be flipped through for a look, read in bits and pieces or gone through cover-to-cover to get the full history of rockabilly right up to the present. Well, maybe not the whole history: Nebraska's primary contributor to rockabillly history -- Sparkle Moore, one of the few female rockabillies -- isn't mentioned, even through her song, "Skull and Crossbones," is a classic.

"Rockabilly" is $30 and available at local bookstores and online outlets.

-- L. Kent Wolgamott

 

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