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xpenenyx
2020-03-22 21:15:59 UTC
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For those who are inclined to read consider these that have come out
recently:

Come Get These Memories by David Thompson and the Holland Brothers.
It's written in the style Leiber $ Stollers' Hound Dog.

How Sweet It Is by Lamont Dozier and Scott Bomar.

Ironically both came out last year within a month of each other.

Rip It Up It Up: The Speciality Record Story by Billy Vera.
Not a whole lot out there about Rupe and Speciality. The most
extensive that I've found to date is the booklet that came with the
Specialty Box Set.
RWC
2020-03-23 04:44:27 UTC
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The Speciality Record Story {1946 - 1959} by Billy Vera.
"most of the artists who recorded for Specialty are long gone, or at least not
in the position to sit for interviews. Happily, though, Art Rupe – who’s past
his 100th birthday – did cooperate with Vera on the book, most significantly
granting him access to a physical archive of written correspondence. And it’s
those contracts and letters that provide a kind of connective tissue for Rip it
Up: The Specialty Records Story. Throughout its pages, Vera draws upon those
letters time and again, often to make or support a larger point."

"Rip it Up isn’t so much a narrative history of a label. Instead, it’s really a
lengthy catalog of brief biographical sketches. Quite a few artists cut sides
for Rupe, and a significant number of them were not heard from again. These
one-hit non-wonders didn’t leave behind a great deal of biographical
documentation on themselves, so often Vera has only Rupe’s old letters to go
by."

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/rip-it-up-the-specialty-records-story-by-billy-vera-little-richard

http://www.offbeat.com/music/billy-vera-rip-it-up-the-specialty-records-story-bmg/

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19401159.2020.1732105

this link includes a substantial excerpt from the book:
https://www.popmatters.com/rip-it-up-specialty-records-2641231408.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2

yet another excerpt:
https://americanahighways.org/2019/11/01/chapter-premiere-billy-veras-rip-it-up-the-specialty-records-story/

includes a long excerpt about Percy Mayfield:
https://www.americanbluesscene.com/percy-mayfield-poet-of-the-blues-from-the-book-rip-it-up-the-specialty-records-story-by-billy-vera/

to buy the book (click "Get this book in print" for a choice of vendors):
https://books.google.com/books?id=3C2-DwAAQBAJ&sitesec=reviews&redir_esc=y

The Forward by Art Rupe & THE FIRST FIVE CHAPTERS
https://books.google.com/books?id=3C2-DwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
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