Sam Phillips is one of those infamous names that you just learn in your lifetime. You watch a PBS special on Johnny Cash, you saw Great Balls of Fire, you’ve looked at Elvis memorabilia. Somewhere along the way you have heard the name Sam Phillips, and you know it’s associated with music, but you don’t know the man.
In Memphis, Tennessee in 1952 Sam Phillips founded Sun Records, a record label that would be home to several great artists including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. These artists would end up shaping the sound of music in the 1950s and their influence reaches into today. This is the label that made rock’n’roll famous.
Tonight at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema at 7pm you’ll be able to attend a free screening of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock’n’Roll. It’s a documentary, not a biopic, so expect it to be more factual than dramatic. If you’re at all interested in the history of rock’n’roll then you won’t want to miss this event.