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The Man And The The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll'

In his new book, Sam Phillips, music writer Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label. Guralnick says Phillips rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality.

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The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll'

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Tryin' to Get to You Elvis Presley
You Win Again Jerry Lee Lewis
You're the Only Star in My Blue Heaven Jerry Lee Lewis
That's all Right Elvis Presley
Bernie's Tune Curley Hamner/ Milt Buckner
When It Rains It Pours Billy Lee Riley
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