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'The Birth of Rock and Roll': Book of found photos tells vivid history

'The Birth of Rock and Roll': Book of found photos tells vivid history

The birth of rock and roll didn't occur as you’ve been told. It wasn’t a big-bang event with Elvis Presley or Chuck Berry or a conspiracy by Murray the K or Alan Freed. Rather, the music was born over decades as segregated neighbors passed each other on the street, as music seeped from windows and into alien ears, as communities integrated one borrowed melody and rhythm at a time. The evidence is gathered throughout “The Birth of Rock and Roll,” a forthcoming book of found photos from the collection of Jim Linderman. Filled with images of long-gone souls lost in revelry, moving to music, posing with instruments, they offer snapshot takes on culture clash...

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