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Author Peter Guralnick undoubtedly knows the title of his new book, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll, is a bit of an exaggeration. Its thesis is more accurately told in the subtitle—“How one man discovered Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, and how his tiny label, Sun Records of Memphis, revolutionized the world.” The author, a cultural historian who has previously written about Elvis, Sam Cooke, and American roots music, digs deep to examine the role of Phillips, a Memphis, Tenn.–based engineer and producer, in the birth of rock. Read more >>> Peter Guralnick speaks at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5000. loc.gov. (Steve Kiviat)
Brookland’s Finest is teaming up with DC Brau for a series of Wednesday wine dinners this month, beginning tonight. The three-course, $35 menu includes charcuterie and cheeses to start, smoked lamb with spicy curry sauce and pearled cous cous as an entree, and a float with smoked chocolate ganache and salted caramel ice cream for dessert. Each course is paired with a different seasonal release from DC Brau. The menu will change each week. Brookland’s Finest, 3126 12th St. NE. (202) 636-0050. brooklandsfinest.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Nashville-based experimental rock group All Them Witches performs at the Black Cat Backstage with New Madrid, a rock trio out of Athens, Ga. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Round House Theatre begins performances of Stage Kiss, Sarah Ruhl‘s play about a pair of actors with a romantic history who appear together in a new work. 7:30 p.m. at 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda. $36–$51.
Soul musician Roosevelt Collier brings his all-star jam tour to Gypsy Sally’s; he’s joined by Cris Jacobs of The Bridge and Todd Herrington of The Trongone Band. 8:30 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $15.
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