Book Review: Rip It Up: The Specialty Records Story

One of the most pivotal indie record labels for African-American artists in the 20th century, Specialty was established in the center of the African-American community in 1940s Los Angeles. Label founder Rupe went on to sign and record R&B acts like Don Dewey, Jesse Belvin and Floyd Dixon, as well as giants like Sam Cooke and Little Richard. Rip it Up documents a pivotal moment in American music history. Vintage photos round out a concise, well researched read.

By Billy Vera

(paperback) $21.99