Just as tens of millions of Baby Boomers were coming of age,  Warner Brothers movie company head Jack Warner decided to add a music label to complement the family film business.

Warner Bros. Records (b.1958) got off to a weak start, but that changed,  and how that came to be is told is gripping detail in “Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros Records From Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince” told through the eyes (and ears) of the artists, producers and music executives who made it all happen.

Author Peter Ames Carlin’s research is meticulous.

Although not the label’s first release, “Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb” was Warner Bros. Records first hit.

*Note the hot pink Warner Bros. label!