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Review of "Sun Records" 2/3/17 by Suzanne
Airs Thursdays 10/9c

I enjoyed the first episode of this show because I'm an Elvis fan. What makes this difficult is that we know what Elvis, Johnny Cash and the others looked like when theyw ere young, so you have to do quite a suspension of disbelief to watch this show where they're characters. The writing is pretty good.

The show centers on Sam Phillips, who started Sun Records in Memphis. Elvis and the others did their first records with Sun Records. They do a pretty good job with the 1950's styles. I had no idea that Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis were also with Sun Records. I know a lot about Elvis, but I don't know too much about the other singers in the show.

This is good drama and worth watching (besides teaching us a little bit about rock 'n roll history). They make some changes in the history for the sake of the story, though. However, the way they weave the stories of the record company in this 10 part series with the individual stories of the singers and with racial tensions of the time, work very well.


About Sun Records

Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, Sun Records tells the untold story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ike Turner, and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.

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