New guide on Sunlight Records, Sam Phillips

New guide on Sunlight Records, Sam Phillips

In March of 1952, Sam Phillips set out the first launch on Sun Records: “Drivin’ Slow,” an instrumental by teenage saxophonist Johnny London. The track would be the modest beginning point in a remarkable odyssey for Phillips and his label, which would go on to launch the professions of Elvis Presley, Johnny Income, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Carl Perkins between some others, as very well as condition the historical past of rock ‘n’ roll and alter world-wide society eternally.

Now, a new espresso desk guide appears to be like again on Phillips’ achievement as section of Sun’s 70th anniversary.

“The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Illustrated Tale of Sun Information & the 70 Recordings that Improved the World” (Weldon Owen/Insight Editions) capabilities the get the job done of new music heritage heavyweights Peter Guralnick and Colin Escott discovering Sun’s legacy, a foreword by not too long ago departed Sunshine star Jerry Lee Lewis, an afterward by Phillips’ son Jerry Phillips, and a lot more than 250 webpages of fascinating tales, photos and ephemera.

Concerning them, Guralnick and Escott have documented Sun’s story authoritatively and entertainingly around the many years: Escott with his 1991 label historical past, “Good Rockin’ Tonight: Solar Information and the Beginning of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and Guralnick with his 2015 biography, “Sam Phillips: The Gentleman Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll.” But this marks the very first right collaboration among the two esteemed new music historians.

Sam Phillips at Sun Studio in undated photograph.

“It was a good pleasure to work with Colin after knowing him all these a long time and drawing on so much of his operate, and having so substantially respect for him,” says Guralnick, who also co-curated a massive Phillips retrospective at the State New music Corridor of Fame in Nashville in 2015. “Although we did not collaborate directly, just remaining able to help shape it jointly was wonderful.”