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Three steps to heaven : the Eddie Cochran story
Cochran, Bobby.
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First edition.
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Milwaukee, Wis. : Hal Leonard, [2003]

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249 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML420.C613 C63 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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BookOutrageously 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.

Author Notes

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Step 1 Beginnings
1 Musical Awakeningp. 3
2 Coming into His Ownp. 17
3 Rock Star Risingp. 37
Step 2 Riding High
4 Rockin' the Big Screenp. 53
5 Pop Star and Good Ol' Boyp. 63
6 Show of Starsp. 77
7 Sharonp. 111
8 Libertyp. 143
Step 3 Endings
9 U.K. Tourp. 157
10 Catastrophep. 185
11 Synchronicitiesp. 195
12 Endnotes and Remembrancesp. 203
Sourcesp. 231
Eddie Cochran Discographyp. 235
Eddie Cochran in the Chartsp. 241
Indexp. 243