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Let The Good Times ROCK!
A fan's notes on Post-
American Roots Music
For over five decades, the name ‘Bill Millar’ was synonymous with the very best in British music writing — from his pioneering books on the Drifters and the Coasters, to his long-
This fabulous book collects together 49 of his best pieces — some previously unpublished — in a thematic compilation covering hillbilly, rockabilly, R&B, rock’n’roll, doo-
Passionate and knowledgable, music journalism rarely comes much better than this. Over 60 illustrations.
"Easy to read, interesting and informative, also funny and well-
"An easy read, awfully informing and entertaining" Now Dig This
"Refreshing and inspiring... a rockin' good read" Right Track
"Bill Millar is one of the staples of English rock writing and criticism. He wouldn't wish to be reminded how long he's been writing about music, but take it from me, his books are absolutely interesting and authoritative... Anyways, Millar's new book is Let The Good Times ROCK! and he does what few have been able to pull off. In this day and age of information overkill, Millar is one of the few writers who can be talking about someone you may not have much interest in (Bull Moose Jackson) or already feel you know enough about (Roy Clark), but damn, you dive into this book and you're hooked! He's such a good master of words that it's easy to read, and Millar's love for these people and their work is so clearly translated you'll find yourself staying up late reading, spinning weird old records in the background, and loving it. And if all this isn't enough to convince you to buy the book, Peter Guralnick wrote the introduction!" DISCoveries
"Some books you just can't put down, both in the physical and critical sense, and this is one of them... Where Bill Millar scores over other writers is that in many cases he actually interviewed some of the people dealt with, or, in the case of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, also followed the man to nearly all his London gigs in 1965... All fascinating stuff and presented in Millar's rather unique and very readable style. Although, as already stated, this is a book you don't want to or can't put down, if you are short of time there is great pleasure to be gained by just dipping in and reading the odd chapter." Blues & Rhythm
"For anyone with even the most casual interest in the twisted roots of rock'n'roll, this is a fabulous book. A civil servant by day, Bill Millar's true calling was rock historian. This collection of punchy essays that originally appeared as magazine articles and album sleevenotes gives us the low-
"A decent present for anyone, providing absorbing reading for many a dark winter's night." 'New' Gandy Dancer
"This book is a delight from start to finish, just one heck of a good read for the roots music fan... If you ever did read Peter Guralnick's Lost Highway and Feel Like Goin' Home from back in the 70s, you get the idea how this book is laid out.... Like the Guralnick books, you will (a) learn something, and (b) return to these pages time and again for some amazing stories from Bill... As soon as you open this book, I guar-
"A civil servant by day, Bill Millar's true calling was rock historian. This collection of punchy essays that originally appeared as magazine articles and album sleevenotes gives us the low-
'Millar writes with immense knowledge and authority... I would recommend it highly." Country Music People
'Bill Millar is, at least metaphorically, the father of many of us who try to provide information about the pioneers of rock'n'roll and related forms like country, blues and soul. He's been researching and writing about our favorite music since the 60s... simply put, this book is a motherlode of information. Bill writes with both love for his subjects and a sense of humor -
'Without much exaggeration, Bill Millar set the benchmark for knowledgable music journalism as we know it today... If you don't know the difference between Lattie Moore and Latimore (one is a hillbilly singer from Kentucky, the other's a Tennessee soul man), then this is the book for you." Birmingham Post
Published: 31 August 2004
Extent: 362 pages
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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