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Film: Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock and Roll (2000)
This comprehensive documentary, produced for the A&E Biography series, traces the roots of Sam Phillips’s success in the music business to his early fascination with recorded sound, radio, and blues and gospel music. Interviews with Phillips, his family, and musicians Johnny Bragg of the Prisonaires, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Ike Turner reveal how Phillips’s fearless and innovative approach to making records had a profound impact on the course of American music. Written by Peter Guralnick and narrated by Billy Bob Thornton. Presented in support of Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips.