A Rocket in my Pocket is the story of rockabilly music, the primal 50s howl of rockin' rage that helped start it all.
Max Decharne is a writer and musician. He has written about music regularly for Mojo magazine since 1998, where he is their chief authority on the subject of rockabilly music, which he has followed and played since the 1970s. His work has also appeared in the Sunday Times Colour Magazine, the TLS and Bizarre, among others. He is the author of six books, the most recent of which, King's Road - The Rise and Fall of the Hippest Street in the World, was published in 2005.
A read as rip-roaring and exciting as the records and singers he eulogises. -- Lois Wilson * Mojo *
The definitive book on rockabilly... tells you all you need to know -- Andrew Weatherall * BBC 6 Music *
If Rocket in My Pocket doesn't make you want to go out, get drunk, listen to Charlie Feathers and get into a fight, then you have no soul. -- Janine and Lee Bullman * Loud and Quiet *
An immaculately researched and evangelically passionate tome... a pretty much definitive guide to this short-lived but sprawling genre. -- Andrzej Lukowski * Metro *
This is a great book... the most concise history of all things rockabilly that I've come across so far... informative and objective... Decharne writes well and has a great turn of phrase... a well-written and much-needed book. -- Trevor Cajiao * Now Dig This *
Magisterial -- Peter Curran * BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends *
Decharne sets down his case with liveliness and enthusiasm... There's no doubt that his passion for and knowledge of his subject are impressive, but his memories of the scene are priceless and worth a book on their own. -- Gerry Ranson * Rock'n'Reel *