Ben Wynne - A Hound Dog Tale

Ben Wynne - A Hound Dog Tale

Saturday, Mar 23, 2024 3:00 PM

A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

"This well-written book offers a glimpse into the tangled world of early rock' n' roll and those who were part of the perfect storm that produced the song 'Hound Dog.' Ben Wynne addresses the complicated matter of cultural appropriation by white artists using African American musical forms, and he shows how the young Jewish songwriters who penned the lyrics add an intriguing factor that is typical of a hybrid American culture. "A Hound Dog Tale" is for fans of the music but also for anyone interested in American society at a galvanizing musical moment." ~Charles Reagan Wilson, author of "Judgment and Grace in Dixie: Southern Faiths from Faulkner to Elvis"

A Cappella Books welcomes author and music historian Ben Wynne for an in-store talk and book signing on Saturday, March 23, at 3 PM. This event is free and open to the public, and copies of "A Hound Dog Tale: Big Mama, Elvis, and the Song That Changed Everything" will be available for purchase.

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Ben Wynne is a professor of history at the University of North Georgia and author of "In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music."