God Didn't Like It: Electric Hillbillies, Singing Preachers, and the Beginning of Rock and Roll, 1950-1970
An examination of the early days of rock and roll, it’s pre-history and development thought theperiod of the 1960s; with a close look at the early development of country music. Unlike most rock writers Allen Lowe settles on a picture of the music as essentially a white expression, a “white meditation on black forms.’
American Pop - From Minstrel to Mojo On Record 1893-1956
An early and pioneering look at the big picture of American popular music from the period of early pop and jazz to Elvis. Unorthodox in its characterization both minstrelsy and the interaction of white and black musicians, it deals with a plethora of styles from gospel to blues to rock and roll, jazz, white and black pop, and country/hillbilly music.
That Devlin' Tune: A Jazz History 1900-1950
A comprehensive history of jazz from 1900-1950 that moves away from the clichés of most jazz works, looks at both the famous and the obscure, and presents the most detailed look available on the pre-history of jazz as well as its relationship to both country music and the blues. It also has perceptive discussions of minstrelsy and the post-Sudhalter issue of white and black influences on the development of jazz and improvised music. Click here to read an excerpt from That Devlin' Tune.
Really the Blues? A Horizontal Chronicle of the Vertical Blues, 1893-1959
A look at the blues and its close relations from 1900-1960; covers nearly all blue styles of the American vernacular, from gospel quartets to show music, minstrelsy, country and hillbilly music, and jazz.