The Life and Times of Little Richard

Little Richard made himself a star through sheer force of personality, breaking racial and sexual taboos on his way to becoming the primal force of 1950s' rock 'n' roll. Using Richard's own words, White chronicles his staggering career.

The Life and Times of Little Richard

Author: Charles White

Publisher: Omnibus Press& Schirmer Trade Books

ISBN: 9780711997615

Page: 320

View: 982

Little Richard made himself a star through sheer force of personality, breaking racial and sexual taboos on his way to becoming the primal force of 1950s' rock 'n' roll. Using Richard's own words, White chronicles his staggering career.

The Life and Times of Little Richard

Here comes Charles White's sensational book exposing the even more astonishing life and times of Richard Wayne Penniman from Macon, Georgia.

The Life and Times of Little Richard

Author: Charles White

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 1783230142

Page: 320

View: 685

When Little Richard burst onto the scene in the early 1950s, he sounded like nothing on earth. Drenched in sweat, screaming, hollering and pumping his piano, he made all who followed soud tame. His stage act was so explosive that for years people assumed the real man could never match the flamboyant public image. Here comes Charles White's sensational book exposing the even more astonishing life and times of Richard Wayne Penniman from Macon, Georgia. Illustrated with pictures from Little Richard's own archive and including a comprehensive discography.

Before Elvis

Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Quasar of Rock (New
York: Da Capo Press, 1994 [orig Harmony Books, 1984]), 40, 41, 47; Booth, “
Lloyd Price,” 110: Price claims to have recommended Little Richard both to Don
Robey ...

Before Elvis

Author: Larry Birnbaum

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810886383

Page: 463

View: 883

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. Unlike other histories of rock, Before Elvis offers a far broader and deeper analysis of the influences on rock music. Dispelling common misconceptions, it examines rock s origins in hokum songs and big-band boogies as well as Delta blues, detailing the embrace by white artists of African-American styles long before rock n roll appeared. This unique study ranges far and wide, highlighting not only the contributions of obscure but key precursors like Hardrock Gunter and Sam Theard but also the influence of celebrity performers like Gene Autry and Ella Fitzgerald. Too often, rock historians treat the genesis of rock n roll as a bolt from the blue, an overnight revolution provoked by the bland pop music that immediately preceded it and created through the white appropriation of music till then played only by and for black audiences. In Before Elvis, Birnbaum daringly argues a more complicated history of rock s evolution from a heady mix of ragtime, boogie-woogie, swing, country music, mainstream pop, and rhythm-and-blues a melange that influenced one another along the way, from the absorption of blues and boogies into jazz and pop to the integration of country and Caribbean music into rhythm-and-blues. Written in an easy style, Before Elvis presents a bold argument about rock s origins and required reading for fans and scholars of rock n roll history."

The Big Life of Little Richard

The book explores both his influences as well as those he influenced as one of the Founding Fathers of rock n roll, complete with an array of amazing photos.

The Big Life of Little Richard

Author: Mark Ribowsky

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781635767223

Page: 256

View: 501

The first major biography of Little Richard, a rollicking, nuanced celebration of the late singer/songwriter's life and his role in the history of American music--gospel, soul, rock, and more "Tutti Frutti" - "Rip It Up" - "Good Golly Miss Molly" - "Lucille" - "Long Tall Sally" -"You Keep A-Knockin'" Little Richard blazed the trail for generations of musicians--The Beatles, James Brown, the Everly Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Prince . . . the list seems endless. He was "The Originator," "The Innovator," and the self-anointed "King and Queen of Rock 'n' Roll." When he died on May 9, 2020, The Big Life of Little Richard--a nearly-completed book--was immediately updated to cover the international response to his death. It is the first major biography of Macon, Georgia's Richard Wayne Penniman, who was, until his passing, the last rock god standing. Mark Ribowsky, acclaimed biographer of musical icons--the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding--takes readers through venues, gigs, and studios, conveying the sweaty energy of music sessions limited to a few tracks on an Ampex tape machine and vocals sung along with a live band. He explores Little Richard's musicianship; his family life; his uphill battle against racism; his interactions with famous contemporaries and the media; and his lifelong inner conflict between his religion and his sexuality. The Big Life of Little Richard not only explores a legendary stage persona, but also a complex life under the makeup and pomade, the neon-lit duds and piano pyrotechnics, along with a full-body dive into the waters of sexual fluidity. By 2020, eighty-seven-year-old Little Richard's electrifying smile was still intact, as were his bona fides as rock's kingly architect: the '50s defined his reign, and he extended elder statesmanship ever since. His biggest smash, "Tutti Frutti," is one of history's most covered songs--a staple of the pre-Invasion Beatles--and Elvis pivoted from country to blues rock after Little Richard made R&B's sexual overtones a fundament of the new musical order. Even Hendrix, the greatest instrumentalist in rock history, toured with him before launching a meteoric solo career. Whenever someone pushes the music and culture of rock to its outer borders, one should turn to Little Richard for assurance that anything is possible.

The Virgin Encyclopedia of R B and Soul

Richard Sings Freedom Songs ( Crown 1963 ) ** , Coming Home ( Coral 1963 )
** , King Of The Gospel Singers ( Wing 1964 ) * , Little ... FURTHER READING :
The Life And Times Of Little Richard : The Quasar Of Rock , Charles White .

The Virgin Encyclopedia of R   B and Soul

Author: Colin Larkin

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited

ISBN:

Page: 411

View: 681

This is a complete handbook of information and opinion about the history of R&B and soul music. Based on the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, the book contains over 1000 entries covering musicians, bands, songwriters, producers and record labels which have made a significant impact on the development of R&B and soul music. It brings together people such as Otis Reading and Aretha Franklin with the great Philly groups of the 1970s, the mainstream soul of Will Downing and Anita Baker and the modern generation of artists such as Mary J. Blige, Babyface and Toni Braxton. As well as headline acts, the book also covers performers who flourished briefly. Each entry offers information such as dates, career facts, discography and album ratings.

Little Richard

In June, 2007, Little Richard's 1955 Specialty Records single, "Tutti Frutti," topped Mojo magazine's list of "100 Records That Changed the World." But back in the early 1950s, nobody gave Little Richard a second glance.

Little Richard

Author: David Kirby

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441174362

Page: 224

View: 415

A brilliant new biography of the extraordinary, outrageous performer who helped open the floodgates of Rock 'n' Roll. In June, 2007, Little Richard's 1955 Specialty Records single, "Tutti Frutti," topped Mojo magazine's list of "100 Records That Changed the World." But back in the early 1950s, nobody gave Little Richard a second glance. It was a time in America where the black and white worlds had co-existed separately for nearly two centuries. After "Tutti Frutti," Little Richard began garnering fans from both sides of the civil rights divide. He brought black and white youngsters together on the dance floor and even helped to transform race relations. Little Richard: The Birth of Rock 'n' Roll begins by grounding the reader in the fertile soil from which Little Richard's music sprang. In Macon, Georgia, David Kirby interviews relatives and local characters, who knew Little Richard way back when, citing church and family as his true inspiration. His antics began as early as grade school, performing for his classmates every time the teacher would leave the room, connecting to an age-old American show biz tradition of charade and flummery. On the road, Little Richard faced competition from his peers, honing his stage show and making it, too, an act that could not be counterfeited. Kirby sees Little Richard as a foxy warrior, fighting with skill and cunning to take his place among the greats. In the words of Keith Richards (on hearing "Tutti Frutti" for the first time), "it was as though the world changed suddenly from monochrome to Technicolor." Those sentiments have consistently been echoed by the music-listening world, and the time is ripe for a reassessment of Little Richard's genius and legacy.

Black Music Biography

Little Richard White , Charles . The Life and Times of Little Richard : The Quasar
of Rock , New York : Harmony Books , 1984 . xvi , 269 pp . photographs .
chronology . discography / filmography . index . This is the story of rock & roll
singer Little ...

Black Music Biography

Author: Samuel A. Floyd

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 302

View: 655

Life and Times of Little Richard Rack

Rock and roll will never die, and neither will the popularity of books about rock stars. Here is the definitive biography of the man who Elvis Presley called the greatest.

Life and Times of Little Richard Rack

Author: Charles White

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780671673062

Page: 297

View: 154

Rock and roll will never die, and neither will the popularity of books about rock stars. Here is the definitive biography of the man who Elvis Presley called "the greatest". An incredible story soon to be a major Paramount motion picture starring Eddie Murphy.

The Unofficial Encyclopedia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Life and Times of Little Richard . New York : Harmony Puterbaugh , Parke . (
1990 , April 19 ) . Little Richard . Rolling Stone , p . 51 . Tamarkin , Jeff . ( 1987 ,
April 10 ) . Little Richard : Leaves a message . Goldmine , p . 10 . White , Timothy
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The Unofficial Encyclopedia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Author: Nick Talevski

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN:

Page: 402

View: 750

Explores the history of the different rock and roll performers, producers, deejays, and songwriters who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Chuck Berry

The Biography John Collis ... Little Richard , not helped by microphone failure at
one point , seemed to be flying somewhere high above Wembley . As the ...
Richard recalled the event in Charles White ' s The Life and Times of Little
Richard .

Chuck Berry

Author: John Collis

Publisher: White Lion Publishing

ISBN:

Page: 248

View: 515

It’s no exaggeration to say that, with songs likeRock 'n’ Roll Music, Roll Over Beethoven,andJohnny B. Goode,Chuck Berry invented rock 'n’ roll. However, his career has been overshadowed, and often stalled, by tax evasion, liaisons with an underage prostitute, and jail sentences. Now, John Collis interviews those who have worked with Berry and uncovers the truth about his life back in St. Louis. The result is a clear-eyed portrait of a musical genius who, even in his seventies, is still up on stage singingSweet Little Sixteen.

Entertainers

... as her letters home reveal , a friendly young woman The Life and Times of
Little Richard : The who was serious about ... 1992 . read by Earle Hyman 2
cassettes Naomi Judd Biography of the original wild man of rock ' n ' roll who
reputedly ...

Entertainers

Author: Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Publisher: Library of Congress

ISBN:

Page: 93

View: 161

The Oxford Companion to Popular Music

C. White : The Life and Times of Little Richard : the Quasar of Rock ( New York ,
1984 ) . and it had 334 performances . There was a shortlived revised version in
New York in 1982 . Little Night Music , A. American musical with music and lyrics
 ...

The Oxford Companion to Popular Music

Author: Peter Gammond

Publisher: Oxford, [England] ; Toronto : Oxford University Press

ISBN:

Page: 739

View: 728

This companion provides information on people and groups, shows and films, and songs and albums dealing with all forms of Anglo-American and European popular music

American Popular Music

Charles White , The Life and Times of Little Richard : The Quasar of Rock ( New
York : Harmony Books , 1984 ) , 48 . 27 . Colin Escott and Martin Hawkins , Good
Rockin ' Tonight : Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ' n ' Roll ( New York : St ...

American Popular Music

Author: Glenn Appell

Publisher: Schirmer Books

ISBN:

Page: 464

View: 168

Appell (jazz studies, Diablo Valley College) and Hemphill (graduate studies, research, and development, San Francisco State University) offer a textbook for popular music, humanities, or cultural studies courses, organized by the musical influences of particular cultural groups--African American, European American, Latin, Native American and Asian--rather than a strict chronological approach. This is followed by a section tracing modern jazz to hip hop. They survey a broad range of styles, from minstrelsy, blues, hymns, and wind bands to Chicano music, Afro-Caribbean music, bebop, acid jazz, girl groups, folk-rock, the British invasion, R&B, and rock.

African American Culture

Little Richard opened the door for performers such as Jimi Hendrix , George
Clinton , and Prince , making it possible for ... His performances are the stuff of
legend , REFERENCE : Charles White , The Life and Times of Little Richard (
New ...

African American Culture

Author: Sandra Adell

Publisher: Gale Research International, Limited

ISBN:

Page: 531

View: 824

One of a series of reference volumes, each examining a cultural period of a particular nation. Culture is used in a broad sense to encompass all the ways in which a people define themselves, including a wide scope of human communication and expression, from advertising to fine art. Famous individuals are also covered, such as John Cgae, Jackson Pollock, Richard Burton, Mussolini, Lenin and Aretha Franklin. In addition, the text defines the entries and describes and analyzes the influence and significance of each one. For example, an entry on abstract expressionism will not only define the movement, but will also describe what it means to us and what it says about us. Entries range from 50 to 1000 words, with between 500 and 1000 entries appearing in each individual volume.

The Virgin Encyclopedia of Rock

... White helped Richard to write his biography , The Life And Times Of Little
Richard . Li John Mayall Born in Macclesfield , UK , Mayall learned guitar and
piano from his jazz guitarist father . His first band , the Powerhouse Four , had by
1962 ...

The Virgin Encyclopedia of Rock

Author: Michael Heatley

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited

ISBN:

Page: 304

View: 172

Covering the most influential musicians and moments of the last four decades, this updated edition includes new entries on the current crop of Britpop bands like Oasis, Blur and Supergrass, singer/songwriters including Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow, and acts ranging from The Prodigy to Jamiroquai and Mudhoney.