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For those who were teen-agers in the 1950s and the early part of the 1960s, doo-wop music conjures up memories of hanging out with friends at the malt shop, dances at the hop, and first romances. This book will transport readers back to those nostalgic times and make them want to scan the radio in hopes of hearing Dion & the Belmonts, the Chiffons or Little Anthony & the Imperials.

The Complete Book of Doo-Wop provides an extensive history of doo-wop from 1950 through the early 1970s and gives definitions and illustrations of the music that falls between rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll. It also features 150 photos, 64 sheet-music covers and prices for 1,000 top doo-wop records.

Collectors and enthusiasts, vocal harmony fans, music historians and music fans will also discover plenty of fun facts, stories and quizzes on doo-wop songs and groups.

The authors, who also wrote Doo-Wop, the Forgotten Third of Rock 'n' Roll, the only in-depth doo-wop book available, are authorities on the subject.

-Features 150 photos of top doo-wop groups, along with more than 60 sheet-music covers. -Includes a pricing appendix for 1,000 of the most popular songs. -The definitive guide to an increasingly popular realm of music.
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Books, Music, 1950s, Reference, 1940s, Group Harmony

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ISBN-10:  0873418298
ISBN-13:  978-0873418294
Author:  Anthony J. Gribin, Matthew M. Schiff
Genre:  Reference, Music History
Publisher:  Krause Publications
Date Published:  March 2000
Format:  Softcover
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review by . November 30, 2009
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Indispensible reference book for the avid collector.
Due to the popularity of T.J. Lubinsky's "American Soundtrack" series on PBS there has been renewed interest in the music known as "doo wop".  As an avid collector of 45's I became interested in the genre in the late 1980's.  Collectables Records had reissued hundreds and hundreds of doo wop records. There was just one problem.  There were simply no reference books available to help me distinguish the great stuff from the mediocre or bad.  In 1992, the original …
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