The role of Cover Records in the early history of rock and soul music is discussed in an interesting article to be found here (under Bits & Pieces in the RESOURCES part of the site).

This article provides a brief history of cover records during 1954-1956 and argues that cover records played an important positive role in the development and popularity of early rock and roll music.

This argument clashes with the claim that early white rock & rollers were ripping off black artists. Or does it?

The article also touches on some other interesting points, for example, the contrasts between African and European musical cultures.

Here -- this blog item -- is the place for comments and discussion about the Cover Records article.