Rock’n’Roll 39-59

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Copublication Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris / Éditions Xavier Barral, Paris

French and English versions

Softback, 25 × 31.5 cm, 432 pages, 300 color and black-and-white reproductions

Texts by Charlie Gillet, Peter Guralnick, David Halberstam, Greil Marcus, Florent Mazzoleni, Robert Palmer, Alfred Wertheimer
Interview with Gregg Geller

ISBN: 978-2-86925-073-4

Publication: June 2007

About the publication

In 2007, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presented Rock’n’Roll 39-59, an exhibition on the genesis and launch of rock’n’roll in the United States, from the boogie-woogie explosion in 1939 to the events of the late 1950s that marked the decline of what could be called the first golden age of rock’n’roll.
The exhibition catalog offers a chance to relive this founding cultural phenomenon in American history. Bringing together exceptional posters, records, and rare items from the day, it also places photography in the spotlight, notably through the photographs of Alfred Wertheimer, Bruce Davidson, Marion Post Wolcott, Ernest C. Withers, and William Eggleston. This exceptional iconography retraces the origins of rock’n’roll and guides us through the history of its main players.