Cover for BROVEN: Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock 'n' Roll Pioneers. Click for larger imageThe November 17, 2008, issue of Publishers Weekly includes an enthusiastic review of John Broven’s forthcoming book Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers (February 2009).

“Covering the convoluted history of the recording industry from the 1940s to the 1960s, [Broven] combines in-depth archival research with fascinating anecdotes about chart-toppers, shady characters and label owners. . . . The impact of conniving entrepreneurs on the musicians and the layering of rich details and digressive detours as Broven traces the transition from R&B to rock make this equal to Roger D. Kinkle’s massive, four-volume Complete Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Jazz.

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