Martin Hawkins, co-author of Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock & Roll, is a historian by nature, a career manager in the British health service, and a nocturnal writer of books, articles, and CD booklets. He writes about the people who recorded and promoted regional and ""roots"" music in the days before rock & roll. He is married with two grown-up children, lives in Southern England, and probably plays too much golf and watches too much football.
"I was there at the inception of this book in the early 1970s and through the long gaps necessitated by work, kids, and much else. Now it's done, and it's more important than it seemed back then. Many of the major and minor players are gone, and Martin is the only person to whom they told their tales. We all know how big and corporate the Nashville music business has become, but this is the true and complete story of its roguish beginning." --Colin Escott, co-author Good Rockin' Tonight "Martin Hawkins is surely one of the finest researchers in the whole realm of vernacular music." No Depression ." . . the book is so handsome and so full of entrancing period photos that casual readers will find lots of good browsing in it." --Booklist . . . fast paced and well researched . . . --Dirty Linen The story behind the independent labels based in Nashville is told in wonderful new book . . . loaded with great early photos . . . --Steve Ramm, In the Groove (four stars) . . . meticulous, absorbing chronicle . . . --MOJO A Shot in the Dark astonishes, exhausts, and is beautiful to behold. --The Tennessean What you're doing is really important. The gap between success and failure is so small at times, and there are so many artists who deserve to be remembered. --Sam Phillips