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Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke

Peter Guralnick

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

The definitive account of one of soul's greatest figures by one of the the great music writers of our time.

One of the most influential African American singers/songwriters in the late 1950s, Sam Cooke was among the first to blend gospel music and secular themes - the early foundation of soul music. He was the opposite of Elvis: a black performer who appealed to white audiences, who wrote his own songs, who controlled his own business destiny. In Dream Boogie, bestselling author Peter Guralnick captures Sam Cooke's remarkable accomplishment and chronicles his moving and important story, from Cooke's childhood as a choirboy to an adulthood when he was anything but that.

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Praise for Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke

  • Guralnick is the paramount historian of American vernacular music - New Yorker

  • Masterly ... Guralnick captures [Cooke's] turbulent times as adroitly as he celebrates his brief, brilliant life - Sunday Telegraph

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Peter Guralnick

Peter Guralnick's books include the prize-winning two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love. He is a recent inductee in the Blues Hall of Fame. Other books include an acclaimed trilogy on American roots music, Sweet Soul Music, Lost Highway, and Feel Like Going Home; the biographical inquiry Searching for Robert Johnson; the novel, Nighthawk Blues, and Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. His most recent book is Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll.

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