Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock and Roll by John A. Jackson

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This is the story of Alan Freed's life. He brought the sounds of rhythm and blues to an increasingly integrated audience starved for rock and roll, and in Cleveland he developed his distinctive style: shouting into the mike as the records played and ringing a cowbell.

Schirmer Books, 1991
ISBN: 9780028711560. 400 pp.
Softcover. Very good.