Big Beat Heat. Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock & Roll - John A. Jackson.
In the mid 50s Cleveland's Alan Freed introduced a new musical form to teenage America. On the basis of rock and roll he built fame and power, and moved to New York's WINS where he promoted several groups including the Moonglows, and other acts and mounted several touring shows. he could make or break a release, and was connected to the 50s payola scandals in which the links between the mob, record promotion and radio play were uncovered. Through it all Freed remained the prime spokesman for a generation of breakthrough artists. A compelling story of how one DJ remade the American music scene (pre-owned, paperback).