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Buddy Holly

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...He was one of rock’s first icons, but Buddy Holly’s career was cut short by the 1959 plane crash that killed him, Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and others. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Holly came from a musical family and performed with his...
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...One of the most iconic rock and roll duos, the Everly Brothers, was comprised of Isaac Donald “Don” Everly and his brother Phillip “Phil” Everly (born in 1937 and 1939 respectively). Their father, a former coal miner, was encouraged...
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...While the rockabilly scene of the 1950s and 1960s was not lacking for stars, Eddie Cochran stood out for his ability and innovation. Born in Minnesota in 1938, Cochran began playing music while at school. He focused on the drums but learned...

Shônan

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,325,000 (2000) The Shonan region is the name given to the coastal area of Sagami Bay in central Japan, covering – from east to west – Kamakura, Fujisawa, Chigasaki, Hiratsuka, Oiso, Ninomiya and Odawara. Zushi...

Kansas City, MO

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population 441,545 (2000) Kansas City, Missouri is situated 100 miles (160 km) west of St Louis on the Missouri river. It was founded as Westport Landing in 1834 and renamed Kansas after the local Kanza Indian tribe five...
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...The early rock and roll of Jerry Lee Lewis introduced a generation to the potential performativity and energy the new form had to offer. Lewis was born in Louisiana in 1935. His family mortgaged their farm to buy him a piano. He was taught...

Roy Orbison

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...As American rockabilly music transitioned into rock and roll, Roy Orbison proved to be capable of dynamic compositional and stylistic changes. Orbison was born in 1936 in Vernon, Texas. Orbison’s parents were unemployed and moved to Fort...

Bill Haley

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...In the narrative of rock and roll’s early development, Bill Haley’s contributions are often glossed over. Born in 1925 in Michigan, Haley and his family relocated to Pennsylvania during the Depression. Here, Haley developed an appreciation...