Record Makers and Breakers (Signed copy)
Signed by John Broven, "Voices of the Independent Rock'n'Roll Pioneers"
First edition, first printing hardback in laminate boards. 26 × 18cm, 584pp.
Signed and dedicated by John Broven to the title page "Graham, To think it all started at Bexhill with Mike and Simon, the Hollywood Road next. It's been quite a journey. Thanks for all your friendship through the years! John Broven, 15 November 2009". Graham is Graham Ackers who, with Broven and Mike [Leadbitter], worked on Simon Napier's "Blues Unlimited", a music magazine published in Bexhill in Sussex in the early 1960s.
This volume is an engaging and exceptional history of the independent rock 'n' roll record industry from its raw regional beginnings in the 1940s with R & B and hillbilly music through its peak in the 1950s and decline in the 1960s. John Broven combines narrative history with extensive oral history material from numerous recording pioneers including Joe Bihari of Modern Records; Marshall Chess of Chess Records; Jerry Wexler, Ahmet Ertegun, and Miriam Bienstock of Atlantic Records; Sam Phillips of Sun Records; Art Rupe of Specialty Records; and many more.
This copy is in very good condition, with some light finger marks to the page edges.