Research into rock music history -
Rock 'n ' roll and roots - books and CDs about country, blues, R&B and the like.
One of the best-selling rock music books over a 25-year period and still in print.
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT: SUN RECORDS AND THE BIRTH OF ROCK'N'ROLL
Published in this form 1991, St Martin's Press, Griffin.
ISBN 10 -- 0312081995
ISBN 13 -- 978-0312081997
Check it out on Amazon and other dealers for around $20 paperback.
"engrossing, revelatory, definitive... its narrative drive is every bit as contagious as the music it desribes." Rolling Stone.
"What you're doing is so important. The gap between success and failure was so small. There are so many artists who deserve to be remembered." ... Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records.
Winner of the 2006 Tennessee History Book Award.
A SHOT IN THE DARK: MAKING RECORDS IN NASHVILLE 1945-1955
Published 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press and the Country Music Foundation Press.
Check it out on Amazon and other dealers for around $40 or less.
"Astonishes, exhausts, and is beautiful to behold." The Tennessean
"We all know how big and corporate the Nashville music business has become, but this is the true and complete story of its roguish beginning." ... Colin Escott, Grammy-winning author and script writer, Million Dollar Quartet.
"Martin Hawkins is surely one of the finest researchers in the whole realm of vernacular music." ...Bill C. Malone, No Depression.
"An absorbing chronicle, meticulous ... Mojo.
"loaded with great early photos ... In The Groove.
Winner of the 2017 Blues Book of the Year (Living Blues)
SLIM HARPO: BLUES KING BEE OF BATON ROUGE
Published September 2016 by Louisiana State University Press.
Also available as e-book.
List price $35
Check it out on Amazon and other dealers if you can't bear to pay the full price.
"Harpo is Louisiana's most famous swamp blues artist. Hawkins's exhaustively researched Harpo biography lifts the curtain on the King Bee, his circle, environs and era.
It's a major book of blues history." ... John Wirt, journalist and author of Huey Piano Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues.
"Martin Hawkins has illuminated an otherwise little-known and under-appreciated corner of the blues. Beyond the hits, there's an intriguing never-told story of the blues in Baton Rouge and an artist trying to stay abreast of changing times." ... Colin Escott, author of Hank Williams, the Biography.