Lonnie Donegan

British rock historian Patrick Humphries, best known for his definitive biographies of Nick Drake, Richard Thompson and Bruce Springsteen has turned his hand to telling the story of one of the important and influential figures in British musical history. By popularizing skiffle in the 1950s, Lonnie Donegan became the godfather of British rock’n’roll.

The book includes exclusive interviews with Mick Jagger, Mark Knopfler, Paul McCartney, Brian May, Tim Rice, Bruce Welch, Richard Thompson, Bill Wyman and the late George Melly and John Peel.

Lonnie Donegan and the Birth of British Rock & Roll is available October 29.