Thomas Brothers is the author of Help! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration; Louis Armstrong's New Orleans; and Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of music at Duke University, he lives with his family in Durham, North Carolina.
A richly detailed portrait of the delicate balance between group
dynamics and individual vision, and the nexus between African
American vernacular traditions and commercial imperatives,
Help! adds significantly to our knowledge of popular music
and iconic musicians of the 20th century.--Glenn C. Altschuler
Wonderfully written....[Help!] is an important book. It should be read; it should be studied in detail. Anyone reading it with an open mind will come away enriched in his or her understanding of music.--Edward Green, Professor, Manhattan School of Music