Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003 - Music - 249 pages
(Book). Outrageously talented, remarkably handsome, internationally renowned, and dead at the age of 21. More than 40 years after the tragic car crash that killed him, Eddie Cochran remains one of rock and roll's most lamented "What Ifs." A trailblazing guitarist, gifted vocalist, hit-making composer and arranger, and budding whiz-kid producer, Cochran quickly ascended from Midwestern obscurity in the late '50s to become one of nascent rock and roll's leading lights. He penned or recorded many of the most recognized songs in rock history "Summertime Blues," "Nervous Breakdown," "Somethin' Else," "C'mon Everybody," "Twenty Flight Rock," "Sittin' in the Balcony" songs whose distinctive sound and defiant, often wryly humorous lyrics have been eagerly digested, analyzed and lovingly reinterpreted by generations of rockers after him, from The Beatles to the Sex Pistols, The Who to U2. Three Steps to Heaven: The Eddie Cochran Story co-authored by Cochran's nephew, also a gifted musician is the first American biography of this uniquely American rock legend, who was among the first to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The book is a detailed portrait of Cochran's personal and professional triumphs and travails, with fascinating insight into the rock pioneer's life that only a family member can provide. 33 B/W photographs; Hardcover.
 

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Contents

Musical Awakening
3
Coming into His Own
17
Rock Star Rising
37
Rockin the Big Screen
53
Pop Star and Good Ol Boy
63
Show of Stars
77
Sharon
111
Liberty
143
Catastrophe
185
Synchronicities
195
Endnotes and Remembrances
203
Sources
231
Eddie Cochran Discography
235
Eddie Cochran in the Charts
241
Index
243
Copyright

UK Tour
157

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About the author (2003)

Bobby Cochran is an award-winning producer and guitarist who has worked with Steppenwolf, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Leon Russell, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, and Adrian Legg. He lives in Fairview, TN, near Nashville Music journalist Susan Van Hecke is the author of the acclaimed Race with the Devil: Gene Vincent's Life in the Fast Lane and Swingin' the Devil's Dream: Spade Cooley, King of Western Swing. She lives in Norfolk, VA

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