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The Invention of Rock ’n’ Roll

  • Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, MIT Room 32-123 32 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States

Legendary music historian Peter Guralnick discusses his new biography, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N Roll with Tom Perrotta.

Peter Guralnick has been called “a national resource” by critic Nat Hentoff for work that has argued passionately and persuasively for the vitality of this country’s intertwined black and white musical traditions. His books include the prize-winning two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. Of the first Bob Dylan wrote, “Elvis steps from the pages. You can feel him breathe. This book cancels out all others.” The second was the recipient of the Southern Book Critics' Circle award for Non-Fiction.

He won a Grammy for his liner notes for Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club and wrote and co-produced the documentary Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll as well as writing the scripts for the Grammy-winning documentary Sam Cooke/Legend and Martin Scorsese’s blues documentary Feel Like Going Home. He is a recent inductee in the Blues Hall of Fame. Other books include an acclaimed trilogy on American roots music, Sweet Soul Music, Lost Highway, and Feel Like Going Home; the biographical inquiry Searching for Robert Johnson; and the novel, Nighthawk Blues. His book, Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke, has been hailed as “monumental, panoramic, an epic tale told against a backdrop of brilliant, shimmering music, intense personal melodrama, and vast social changes.”

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