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Backbeat: Earl Palmer's Story

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  5 reviews
There he is, drumming on "Tutti Frutti", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'", and thousands of other songs. As a studio player in New Orleans and Los Angeles from the 1940s through the 1970s, Earl Palmer co-created hundreds of hits and transformed the lope of rhythm and blues into full-tilt rock and roll, and was one of the first session men to be inducted into the Rock and ...more
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published July 31st 1999 by Smithsonian Books (DC) (first published April 17th 1999)
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I was recommended this book by a musician who had known and worked with Earl Palmer for many years. While this book is a very interesting read, and the only biography of Earl Palmer, it fails to meet the measure of that great man. Earl Palmer was truly one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century yet his name is virtually unknown.

Earl Palmer was the rhythm behind the original rock and roll of New Orleans during the early 1950's. After moving to L.A., he became a first call studio drummer on
Nov 10, 2008 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of New Orleans and the recorded work of Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Phil Spector
A highly readable memoir by one of the greatest drummers in the history of American popular music. Palmer recalls plenty about the last days of black vaudeville, his service in WWII, his monumental role in the development of rock'n'roll and funk drumming, and his career in Los Angeles, where he became one of pop music's most recorded drummers. Back Beat is essential reading for anyone who cares about New Orleans music.
Phil Overeem
A fantastic memoir that gives equal insights into the peak and fall of vaudeville, African-Americans' WWII experience, New Orleans culture, the invention of rock and roll, the heyday of Hollywood's genius studio musicians, and the killing effects of self-contained bands and digital technology, all told from a cool mf's perspective.
I loved it. But I'm a drummer who worships Earl Palrmer, and the type of music he pioneered.
Frode Skjold
Great stories told by a great drummer.
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