It’s time to talk about 1957 -- what Ed Ward calls the “Miracle Year” of rock and roll. The year when Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and others were at the peak of their powers and dominating the charts. But it was also a year when many legendary records were released to little acclaim.
We’ll start with a bunch of crazed hillbilly cats who were playing around Memphis at the same time as Elvis, including a pair of squabbling brothers who may have invented rockabilly before the King or was it punk rock 20 years ahead of its time?
As always you can read all about it in Ed Ward's epic History of Rock & Roll part 1.
Hosted by longtime rock and roll fan and sportswriter Nate Wilcox, "Let It Roll" is a series of in-depth interviews with Ed Ward about his book, The History of Rock and Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963. Ward was the official rock and roll historian for NPR’s Fresh Air for 30 years, and is a former editor of Rolling Stone, writer for Crawdaddy, and Cream.