Item #320599 A Hound Dog Tale: Big Mama, Elvis, and the Song That Changed Everything. Ben Wynne.

A Hound Dog Tale: Big Mama, Elvis, and the Song That Changed Everything

LSU Press, February 2024. Hardcover. New / New. Item #320599
ISBN: 0807181145


The release of the song "Hound Dog" in 1953 marked a turning point in American popular culture, and throughout its history, the hit ballad bridged divides of race, gender, and generational conflict. Ben Wynne's A Hound Dog Tale discusses the stars who made this rock 'n' roll standard famous, from Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton to Elvis Presley, along with an eclectic cast of characters, including singers, songwriters, musicians, record producers and managers, famous television hosts, several lawyers, and even a gangster or two.

Wynne's examination of this American classic reveals how "Hound Dog" reflected the values and issues of 1950s American society, and sheds light on the lesser-known elements of the song's creation and legacy. A Hound Dog Tale will capture the imagination of anyone who has ever tapped a foot to the growl of a blues riff or the bark of a rock 'n' roll guitar.

Signed by Wynne on half-title page

New Book

Price: $29.95

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