The January 2009 issue of Library Journal includes a starred review of John Broven’s forthcoming book Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers (April 2009).
“Broven has put together a detailed and engrossing study of the independent record labels of the 1940s-70s. Broven presents the behind-the-scenes stories of Atlantic, Motown, Sun, Chess, King, Specialty, and other record companies as well as the relationships among the independents and radio, jukebox companies, and the trade magazines. . . . An outstanding and important study that goes well beyond comparable predecessors.”