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Vivek Tiwary has been my friend for more than 15 years. We met through mutual friends, and bonded initially over rock’n’roll and cancer. Immediately, I thought he was one of the coolest people I’d ever met. These are some of the things Vivek has done: Broadway producer (of A Raisin in the Sun, American Idiot, among others), a tech entrepreneur who used his music industry chops to help talent deal with the business, and co-founder of an amazing non-profit that, among other things, helped soothe my husband as he was dying.
You can imagine my surprise when I found out that he is also a huge comic book nerd.
We don’t have quite the same roots – he’s a Marvel fan, I’m a DC girl – but we bonded over our love of the form. In fact, when he was having trouble finding a way to get »
- Martha Thomases
Sneak Peek the Cmt Original dramatic TV series "Sun Records" (aka "Million Dollar Quartet") airing February, 23 2017, starring Drake Milligan as 'Elvis Presley', Trevor Donovan as 'Eddy Arnold', Kevin Fontaine as 'Johnny Cash', Christian Lees as 'Jerry Lee Lewis', Billy Gardell as 'Colonel Tom Parker' and a whole lot more:
"New to the scene, 'Jerry Lee Lewis' is brought in to work on a new song with Perkins. Then 'Elvis Presley' and country 'Johnny Cash' stop by the studio for a visit.
The songs they sang on that epic day became the concept for an inventive retelling of their impromptu recording session..."
Cast also includes Jonah Lees as 'Jimmy Swaggart', »
- Michael Stevens
“Sun Records” is based, loosely, on the musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” which tells the story of the real-life, mostly impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins at a Memphis joint named Sun Records. That little record label was owned by a small-time producer named Sam Phillips, who despite marginal financial success went on to be immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — for discovering Presley, working with artists like Cash, Lewis, and Roy Orbison, and for producing the Delta Cats’ “Rocket 88,” an Ike Turner song that is considered to be the first rock and roll record.
Rock and roll history is dense, fertile territory for mythmaking and nostalgia, and Sun Records, the historic institution, is as good a peg as any. But “Sun Records,” the show, doesn’t quite tap into the raw power of rock and roll — or blues, or rockabilly, or »
- Sonia Saraiya
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Premiering Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10/9c, the drama stars Murray (One Tree Hill, Agent Carter) as real-life music producer Sam Phillips, the man responsible for setting rockers like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash on their respective paths to superstardom.
Set in Memphis during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, Sun Records “tells the untold story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.” Additional faces you can »
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