Rock Around the Clock
By Jim Dawson

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FOUR STARS "Doubling as a compelling biography of [Bill] Haley, as unlikely a rock star as ever lived, Dawson paints a vivid portrait of the music's birth."--Jon Harrington, Mojo Magazine, December 2005

Jim Dawson's Rock Around the Clock (Backbeat Books) was released in early July 2005, just in time for the 50th anniversary celebration of Bill Haley and His Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" hitting the No. 1 spot in Billboard in early July 1955. Jim and five surviving members of the Comets signed the book at a special screening of the 1956 film Rock Around the Clock at Hollywood's Egyptian Theater (July 5) and at a tribute screening of old rock 'n' roll kinescopes at the Museum of Radio & Television in Beverly Hills (July 6).

Jim appeared on CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports on July 4, 2005.

At the Egyptian Theater, Jim Dawson meets Mrs. Bill Haley, "Cuppy," who was married to Haley throughout the 1950s.
(Photo: Ray Regalado)
Onstage with the Comets at the Egyptian. From left, Jim, guitarist Franny Beecher, drummer Dick Richards, bassist Marshall Lytle, pianist Johnny Grande, and saxophonist Joey D'Ambrosio.
(Photo: Ray Regalado)
Jim talks to the audience.
(Photo: Ray Regalado)


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