Birnbaum presents before elvis the prehistory of rock n roll less like a tired old history book and more like a living breathing jumpin and jivin story yes there are lots of facts but in general this book is a fun read. An essential work for rock fans and scholars before elvis the prehistory of rock n roll surveys the origins of rock n roll from the minstrel era to the emergence of bill haley and elvis presley. Before elvis the prehistory of rock n roll is an exemplary work of musical history combining substantial new research with previously established material for a comprehensive vision of a previously fragmented field. There is no facet of rock music musical cultural or linguistic that is too small for contemplation by larry birnbaum in his impressive if not exhaustive before elvis the prehistory of rock n rollhe sets out to prove the actual roots of rock occurred not in the commonly propagated postwar rhythm and blues era or even the delta blues tradition but rather originated in an
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