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Max Décharané
"A Rocket In My Pocket: The Hipster´s Guide To Rockabilly"
Serpent's Tail (2011)
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Submitted by: kitti.
Publication date - 17 January 2012
Copyrights: Rockabilly Bash

The book is written by the musician and it already is saying a lot. It is the most deepest and the most detailed research of rockabilly music I have ever seen.

Max Décharané lives in England and was involved in revival of rock'n'roll music and rockin' scene during 1970s.
His stories are not only informative, but also impregnated with passion for this style and music itself.

There is a huge work done in these 310 pages! It brings us through the 1920s to the 1950s, where we will hang out
almost the whole time, and then move further, step by step, to the 1990s. You can think it is too wide time range
to talk about, but it's absolutely not true. The period until 1954 is only mentioned up to the point, where we
can see direct influences of rockabilly music and the same is after 1958 - only the most remarkable and important events are mentioned.

The book is worth buying, there is no doubt about it. And I think it's gonna be your favourite one, if you are vinyl
collector, musician or just obsessed with rockabilly music. It is not one of the easiest reading books, you really have to find time to read it and not put it aside (otherwise you have to start from the beginning). But I can assure you that you will enjoy every word of it and probably will get the best lessons of rockin' history you can imagine.

If there would be an univercity of Rock´n´Roll, I think, Max Décharané, would be one of the most honourable professors of it and this book will be the most important source of the lectures..

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26 January 2012
Comment by rockinev

I love this book, its well written, well observed, informative even if you have a long association with Rockabilly you'll learn something, if you're a recent convert treat this as one of the best text books you can get. Also the accompanying CD of the same name is well worth a listen.

Max has other books on a '50's theme that you may also wish to check out.

Rockin Nev

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