Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick


“Peter Guralnick isn’t just a music writer or a biographer–he’s one of the essential chroniclers of American popular culture, and his work illuminates some of the crucial components of our national identity: race, religion, fame, and the big business of having fun, among others. In this epic biography of Sam Phillips, Guralnick bears witness to the birth of rock and roll and the cultural revolution it inspired. It’s not only an unforgettable portrait of an eccentric visionary, it’s a testament to the power of ordinary people to change the world with nothing more than a beautiful idea and a handful of songs.”―Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftoversa