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Rock 'n' roll recording pioneer Sam Phillips, center, chats with Jerry Lee Lewis, left, and Ike Turner at a party debuting Phillips' documentary in 2000. (AP/John L. Focht)
Rock 'n' roll recording pioneer Sam Phillips, center, chats with Jerry Lee Lewis, left, and Ike Turner at a party debuting Phillips' documentary in 2000. (AP/John L. Focht)
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Sam Phillips is a legend among musicians. He recorded Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, Johnny Cash, and of course, Elvis Presley. That legacy is why author and music historian Peter Guralnick titled his new biography, "Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll."

Peter Guralnick will be at speaking at the Kirsch Auditorium at MIT's Stata Center on Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.

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Peter Guralnick, author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll. He tweets @PeterGuralnick.

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The New York Times Book Review: ‘Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll,’ by Peter Guralnick

  • "The sound these men made in the 1950s, in unfettered songs that Phillips (1923-2003) coaxed onto tape, changed the feel of American life. Phillips just might be, as one music writer has suggested, America’s real Uncle Sam."

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