‘You Only Rock Once’ Book Review

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on September 19, 2011

You Only Rock Once
By Jerry Blavat
Hardcover, 347 pages ($23)

Jerry Blavat, a Philadelphia radio icon whose story weaves through 50 years of rock ’n’ roll history, looks back on his colorful life as a teenaged TV dancer on the show that would become Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand,” his rise up the rungs of the music business as a star-making promotions man, and his DJ work that led him to pioneer the airwaves’ popular Oldies format. More than simply a memoir, it’s a personalized, warts-and-all history of the music business as experienced by “a little cockroach kid from South Philadelphia with no formal education” whose combination of pluck and luck afforded him a ringside seat—and a frequently wild ride.  

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