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Little Richard's Here's Little Richard

From male bisexuality to religion in pop, Little Richard spent the 1950s pioneering ideas that are still too challenging for the mainstream. As a Black multimillionaire rock star, he was the most exciting person on the planet between 1955 and 1957, the years in which his seismic debut album was created.


Featuring new interviews with famous fans including Sir Elton John, Dave Grohl, Joan Jett and Nile Rodgers, this is the first in-depth look at Here’s Little Richard since Richard Penniman’s death in May 2020. The book explores his roots in the queer underground of the American South, a scene so progressive you’d scarcely believe it thrived seven decades ago, and early rebel music such as jump blues, which soon collided with the emerging juggernaut that was rock’n’roll. When that weird alchemy occurred, the self-proclaimed Living Flame was ready to spark the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie and Prince into existence.


Those close to the tale pinpoint the ways in which ‘Long Tall Sally’ and ‘Tutti Frutti’ remain omnipresent – and why the latter was the ‘WAP’ of its day. This is the story of how Little Richard changed the world in 28 minutes and 30 seconds. A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!

Little Richard's Here's Little Richard

  • Jordan Bassett

    The story of how the self-proclaimed King and Queen of Rock’n’roll’s explosive debut album changed the world in 28 minutes and 30 seconds.
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  • Book Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
    Publication Date: 02-11-2023
    Format: Paperback | 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 | 160 pages
  • About the Author

    Jordan Bassett is a music journalist who has written for the BBC, NME, Esquire, Grazia and many more. He is the former Commissioning Editor (Music) at NME, where he worked for nearly a decade. He lives in London with his partner Rosie Day and their son Sidney.

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