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Here is a ever growing collection of Scholarly Journals, Popular Magazines, and Book Reviews about JLL for Jerry Lee Lewis Researchers.
Last Updated: 4/7/98


TITLE Present at the Creation: The Legend of Jerry Lee Lewis on Record, 1946-1963
AUTHOR(S) Cooper,-B.-Lee; Creeth,-James-A.
SOURCE (BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION) JEMF-Quarterly, Murfreesboro, TN (JEMFQ). 1983 Summer, 19:70, 123-129
PUBLICATION YEAR 1983
ACCESSION NUMBER 84041392


TITLE The Coming of Jerry Lee Lewis
AUTHOR(S) Tosches,-Nick
SOURCE (BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION) The Journal-of-Country-Music, Nashville, TN (JCM). 1982, 9:2, 16-25.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1982
NOTES excerpt from Hellfire
ACCESSION NUMBER 83061895 .


TITLEPentecostalism and Popular Culture in the South: A Study of Four Musicians
AUTHOR(S) Tucker,-Stephen-R.
SOURCE (BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION) Journal-of-Popular-Culture, Bowling Green, OH (JPC). 1982 Winter, 16:3, 68-80.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1982
ACCESSION NUMBER 83061576 .


TITLE In Search of Jerry Lee Lewis AUTHOR(S) Cooper,-B.-Lee
SOURCE (BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION) JEMF-Quarterly, Murfreesboro, TN (JEMFQ). 1982 Fall-Winter, 18:67-68, 192-193.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1982
ACCESSION NUMBER 82060173 .


TITLE Behold a Shaking: Jerry Lee Lewis, 1953-1956
AUTHOR(S) Tosches,-Nick
SOURCE (BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION) The Journal-of-Country-Music, Nashville, TN (JCM). 1981, 9:1, 4-11.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1981
ACCESSION NUMBER 81050242


TITLE (ENGLISH AND NON-ENGLISH) (TI) The Naturalized Gender Order of Rock and Roll
AUTHOR(S) (AU) Martin,-Christopher-R. INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION OF FIRST AUTHOR (IN) Dept Communication U Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109
JOURNAL NAME (JN) Journal-of-Communication-Inquiry;1995, 19, 1, spring, 53-74.;
DOCUMENT TYPE (DT) aja Abstract-of-Journal-Article
PUBLICATION YEAR (PY) 1995 ABSTRACT (AB) Discusses the aspect of gender in rock & roll & the masculinization of rock & roll not as a natural, but a naturalized, occurrence. With masculine & feminine roles well defined in the 1950s by many national & community leaders, images of early rocker Elvis Presley were at odds with what was desired by moral authorities. Elvis represented the inversion of race, class, & gender order, & teenage girls were given a new version of sexuality in which men were sex objects. While Jerry Lee Lewis & Chuck Berry represented disruptions of the social order, Pat Boone & Dick Clark represented attempts to reclaim traditional gender discourse. By the 1960s, gender roles were reinstituted with groups such as the Rolling Stones defining male dominance. For most of the history of rock & roll, women have been excluded as performers, with the industry continuing to offer a set gender discourse. 56 References. A. Cole (Copyright 1995, Sociological Abstracts, Inc., all rights reserved.)
ACCESSION NUMBER (AN) 9510844 .


TITLE Simmer down son
OTHER TITLES Augmented title: Jerry Lee Lewis, can the film live up to the legend?
AUTHOR(S) Palmer,-Robert
SOURCE American-Film.v. 14 June '89 p. 26-31+.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1989
DOCUMENT TYPE Feature-Article
ACCESSION NUMBER 89013928


TITLE Rock 'n' roll stained glass windows at the Hard Rock Cafe
OTHER TITLES Augmented title: Dallas AUTHOR(S) Hoover,-Richard-L
SOURCE Stained-Glass-Quarterly.v. 83 Summer '88 p. 91-8.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1988
DOCUMENT TYPE Feature-Article
ACCESSION NUMBER 88029578


TITLE Simmer down, Son
AUTHOR(S) Palmer,-Robert
SOURCE American-Film.v. 14 June '89 p. 27-33+.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1989
DOCUMENT TYPE Feature-Article
ACCESSION NUMBER 89022784 .


TITLESpeaker to speaker
AUTHOR(S) Marcus,-Greil
SOURCE Artforum.v. 25 Apr. '87 p. 12.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1987
DOCUMENT TYPE Feature-Article
ACCESSION NUMBER 87019375 .


TITLE Pudor sit academia
AUTHOR(S) Campbell,-Will-D
SOURCE Christianity-and-Crisis.v. 44 June 25 '84 p. 246-7.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1984
DOCUMENT TYPE Feature-Article
ACCESSION NUMBER 85003717 .


TITLE Goin' back to Memphis (book review).
AUTHOR(S) Dickerson,-James-L
REVIEWER Tribby,-Mike
SOURCE Booklist.v. 93 Sept. 15 '96 p. 200.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1996
ABSTRACT Dickerson has written a loving, decade-by-decade profile of the town that gave us--besides Elvis--Carl Perkins, Booker T. and the MGs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Otis Redding, Roy Orbison, Isaac Hayes, and even the Box Tops, who with 'The Letter' scored 'the first No. 1 pop hit ever recorded in Memphis by Memphis artists.' . . . Besides noting the stars who passed through Memphis and their feats, Dickerson takes us into the back rooms with the movers and shakers on the business end of the music, spotlights the fabled Stax house band (better known as the Blues Brothers band), and traces the social history of Memphis, all in highly readable, highly recommended style. (170 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 97602101 .


TITLE Goin' back to Memphis : a century of blues, rock 'n' roll, and glorious soul
AUTHOR(S) Dickerson,-James-L
PUBLISHER Schirmer-Bks.-: Prentice-Hall-Int., 1996. 279 p.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1996
ABSTRACT This is a "history of music in Memphis, especially the recording studios that nurtured and documented that music. Dickerson draws on interviews and personal experience, discussing labels (Stax, Sun), owner/producers (Sam Phillips, Chips Moman), and musicians (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis). He documents early successes and eventual difficulties and . . . gives his opinions regarding both." (Choice) Bibliography. Index.
DOCUMENT TYPE Biographical-material
ACCESSION NUMBER 97602100 .


TITLE Go cat go! : rockabilly music and its makers.
AUTHOR(S) Morrison,-Craig, 1952-
PUBLISHER University-of-Ill.-Press, 1996. 326 p.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1996
ABSTRACT This is a history of rockabilly music. The genre is "defined at the outset as a blend of country music, black RandB, and blues, and its numerous characteristics are identified, including echo effects and an upright bass played in a slapping manner. . . . [Included are] one-page biographical sketches of about 50 . . . performers, from the well-known Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis, . . . to obscure performers and . . . recent revivalists such as the Stray Cats." (Libr J) Discography. Indexes.
DOCUMENT TYPE Books
ACCESSION NUMBER 97239000 .


TITLE Go, cat, go! : the life and times of Carl Perkins, the king of rockabilly
AUTHOR(S) Perkins,-Carl, 1932-; McGee,-David, 1948-
PUBLISHER Hyperion, 1996. 437 p.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1996
ABSTRACT A series of interviews with Carl Perkins, conducted by David McGee, is the basis for this volume. "Beginning with Perkins's impoverished youth in Tennessee, [McGee] accentuates the early career: Perkins's initial interest in music, his experience in honky-tonks, his rise to fame with 'Blue Suede Shoes,' and his friendships with such Sun Records label-mates as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. The [book] also deals with the singer/guitarist's fall from popular favor and his successful fights against alcoholism and cancer." (Libr J) Discography. Index.
DOCUMENT TYPE Autobiography
ACCESSION NUMBER 97010700 .


TITLE Everybody was Kung-Fu dancing (book review).
AUTHOR(S) Flippo,-Chet, 1943-
REVIEWER Sacks,-Leo
SOURCE The-New-York-Times-Book-Review.Dec. 29 '91 p. 16.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1991
ABSTRACT [The author] depicts Jerry Lee Lewis grappling with the ghost of his nemesis, Elvis Presley, and he captures the loneliness of the rock pioneer Bill Haley driving drunk across the Texas plains. When the scene shifts to New York, Mr. Flippo's focus on such celebrities as Uma Thurman, Mick Jagger and Jack Henry Abbott is shallow, and his commentary on the trials of transplanted Texans is precious and self-important. . . . However, his discussions with the film directors George Romero and Martin Scorsese are gritty and true to life. Yet Mr. Flippo's forte is the pop life, and at full boil [the book] conveys the near-religious delirium of rock-and-roll. (220 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 92635602 .


TITLE Good rockin' tonight (book review).
AUTHOR(S) Escott,-Colin; Hawkins,-Martin
REVIEWER Liveten,-Sharon
SOURCE The-New-York-Times-Book-Review.July 7 '91 p. 16. PUBLICATION YEAR 1991
ABSTRACT Sun began in 1952 as the dream of Sam Phillips. Mr. Phillips set about building his Memphis record company with one purpose: he wanted to record the rhythm and blues of the South, the people none of the mainstream labels would sign. Along the way he proved he had the talent (many would say the luck) and the wherewithal to sign the recording artists who played such a major role in the direction of pop music. . . . The main focus of the book is what really made Sun Records: the artists, each of whom receives a brief biographical chapter. There are some flaws: too many times twice-told tales are cited as fact, and the authors' reverence for the subject matter can make the reader wince. Still, reverence is appropriate. Who would have recorded Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin' Wolf or Charlie Rich if not for Sun? Not any label that existed at the time. (300 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review


TITLE Elvis Presley (book review).
AUTHOR(S) Rubel,-David
REVIEWER Witham,-James
SOURCE School-Library-Journal.v. 37 Apr. '91 p. 152.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1991
ABSTRACT Rubel adds nothing new to the Elvis mythology, relying exclusively on secondary sources. . . . [The] book, with a smattering of standard black-and-white photos, is valuable for its coverage of the early days of rock and roll. . . . Other pioneers of rock--Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard--receive some notice here. Now that rock's anti-establishment message seems less urgent and romantically attractive, this book tells why Elvis and his music once mattered so much. A useful complement to other studies in the genesis of rock. (160 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 91485002 .


TITLE The Oxford companion to popular music (book review).
AUTHOR(S) Gammond,-Peter
REVIEWER Turkalo,-David-M.
SOURCE Library-Journal.v. 116 Feb. 15 '91 p. 184. PUBLICATION YEAR 1991 ABSTRACT Like its predecessor, compiled in 1960, the present volume attempts to give the multifarious subject of 'popular music' a thorough survey. . . . That the present compiler has seen fit in his introduction to term this 'a limited reference work' is a tribute to both Gammond and the publisher's integrity. Entries are alphabetical and concise. . . . [The entries] on the Doors or Jerry Lee Lewis neglect to mention any of the popular and critically acclaimed books written about them. . . . Furthermore, selection criteria for inclusion are murky. . . . Movie and theatrical music and performers are liberally covered. The book is certainly useful, but caution should be exercised in purchasing it, since the nature of this always popular library topic is probably better served through the use and purchase of reference books in the specific areas of popular music. (240 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 91258502 .


TITLE Lipstick traces (book review). AUTHOR(S) Marcus,-Greil
REVIEWER McGann,-Jerome
SOURCE London-Review-of-Books.v. 11 June 22 '89 p. 13.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1989
ABSTRACT [This book] is an attempt to explain the significance of the Sex Pistols. . . . As Marcus knows, this is fundamentally a religious story, and at several points in his retelling he discusses the Gnostic idea that the ordinary world is ruled by Satan. Lipstick Traces is the study of a war in heaven fought between the princes of this world and the raging, outrageous heroes of a pitiless antinomian God. Johannes Baader, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gabriel Pomerand, Colin Donellan, Michel Mourre, John of Leyden, Sid Vicious, Poly Styrene: these and many others are the ragged doomsters of Marcus's secret history. . . . Oddly, the name William Blake never passes the lips(tick) of this book. (3400 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 89407803 .


TITLE You say you want a revolution (book review).
AUTHOR(S) Pielke,-Robert-G., 1942-
REVIEWER Fleming,-John SOURCE The-New-York-Times-Book-Review.Aug. 17 '86 p. 23.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1986
ABSTRACT Rock-and-roll carries a lot of extra baggage in this book, which takes its title from a Beatles song. . . . Mr. Pielke, a freelance writer and teacher, cites the work of Herbert Marcuse, Marshall McLuhan and other philosophers and chooses to treat rock-and-roll 'as a gestalt, as a whole larger than the sum of its individual parts.' Everything is grist for his mill, from 'the religious import of Beatlemania' to 'Dominique,' a hit by the Singing Nun. One chapter covers genre films like 'High School Confidential,' featuring the young Jerry Lee Lewis. Mr. Pielke seems most at home back in the early 1950's. (210 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 87169802 .


TITLE Rock archives (book review).
REVIEWER Jewell,-Thomas
SOURCE Library-Journal.v. 109 Dec. '84 p. 2271.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1984
ABSTRACT The pictures [are] often marvelously evocative: a baby-faced Jerry Lee Lewis with his arm around a grinning Buddy Holly, the Beatles surrounding a beaming Little Richard. Every imaginable subgenre is covered, including such overlooked regional movements as Chicano rock and the Bosstown sound. And much credit is given to the scores of black artists who established the creative stream from which most important rock 'n' roll innovations flowed. It's unfortunate more of the photos weren't reproduced larger; otherwise, a terrific book, recommended for circulating and reference collections. (130 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 85985501 .


TITLE Jerry Lee Lewis rocks! (book review).
AUTHOR(S) Palmer,-Robert
REVIEWER Grefrath,-Richard-W.
SOURCE Library-Journal.v. 106 Nov. 15 '81 p. 2239.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1981
ABSTRACT Veteran rock journalist Palmer provides an insightful portrait (rather than a comprehensive biography) of 'The Killer.' Though the black-and-white photos and paperback format look like those in any fan-oriented book, Palmer's hip narrative vividly captures the capricious 1950s recording industry and Lewis' hardship-ridden life. Lewis' marriage to his 13-year-old cousin and the resulting public outrage that nearly ruined his career are well covered. The only other book-length treatment of Lewis, Robert Cain's Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, is much more adulatory and less insightful. (90 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 83138601 .


TITLE Great balls of fire (book review).
AUTHOR(S) Lewis,-Myra; Silver,-Murray
REVIEWER Asahina,-Robert SOURCE The-New-York-Times-Book-Review.Nov. 28 '82 p. 17.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1982
ABSTRACT As the nominal cause of Jerry Lee's downfall, Myra, who divorced him in 1970 after bearing him a son (who accidentally drowned at age 3) and a daughter, could have written a moving, or at least revealing, first-person Southern Gothic. Instead, with the assistance of a music promoter named Murray Silver, she has fashioned a tedious third-person soap opera, complete with reconstructed dialogue in need of artificial respiration, and humor in need of editing for taste as well as sense. More important, Nick Tosches told it all first, and better, in 'Hellfire.' (500 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 83129502 .


TITLE Great balls of fire (book review).
AUTHOR(S) Lewis,-Myra; Silver,-Murray
REVIEWER Grefrath,-Richard-W.
SOURCE Library-Journal.v. 107 Oct. 15 '82 p. 1990.
PUBLICATION YEAR 1982
ABSTRACT This well-researched biography is not merely a wronged woman's tale; Jerry's tempestuous [experiences are] . . . thoroughly examined with surprising objectivity. A valuable complement to Nick Tosches' exceptional biography, Hellfire [BRD 1982]. (130 words).
DOCUMENT TYPE Book-Review
ACCESSION NUMBER 83129501 .

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