ROCK 'N1 ROLL: Eager, Gentle, Fury


"Dicky," scolded the energetic young man, "your sideburns need darkening with charcoal." Dicky made an embarrassed grin, for as one of Britain's hottest young rock-'n'-roll artists, he should have known. The man whose keen eyes noticed the slip was Larry Parnes, impresario, housemother, and guiding light of one of the strangest firms in show business.

Entrepreneur Parnes's merchandise is all live, and it all sings rock 'n' roll. In his six-room Kensington flat he houses, feeds, clothes and trains five young singers whom he dug up from mines, slums and back-alley pubs. Parnes guarantees each of the hipsters $2,800...

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