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Machers and Rockers: Chess Records and the Business of Rock and Roll
Rich Cohen (au)
In Chicago in the late 1940s, two immigrants --one a Jew born in Russia, the other a black Blues singer from Mississippi -- met & changed the course of musical history. Muddy Waters electrified the Blues, & Leonard Chess recorded it. Soon Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry added pulsating rhythm, & Chess Records captured that, too. Rock & Roll had arrived, & an industry was born. Here is the the engrossing story of how Leonard Chess, with the other record men, made this new sound into a multi-billion-dollar bus. -- aggressively acquiring artists, strong-arming distributors, riding the crest of a wave that would crash over a whole generation. Macher (pronounced mah-kher) is the Yiddish word for a big wheel or big operator. “Full of absorbing lore.” Photos.
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