Memphis Going Down: A Century of Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' by James L. Dickerson

By James L. Dickerson


For over 100 years, Memphis, Tennessee, has been the guts of musical innovation for American well known tune. From W. C. convenient to Alberta Hunter and Lil Hardin Armstrong, within the early years, to B. B. King within the past due Nineteen Forties, Elvis Presley, Johnny funds, and Jerry Lee Lewis within the Fifties, to Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MGs, and Al eco-friendly within the Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, Memphis track sizzled with a degree of creativity unmatched within the historical past of yank music.

For 5 a long time of the city’s fantastic song heritage, writer James L. Dickerson used to be at floor 0, first as a highschool rock musician after which as a scholar rhythm and blues musician on the collage of Mississippi, the place his band made heritage by means of changing into the 1st all-white musical crew to accomplish at a black Memphis nightclub, and at last as a Memphis journalist, journal writer, and radio syndication proprietor, who had unheard of entry to the various song greats of the latter half the century.

Memphis taking place is instructed within the phrases of the checklist manufacturers, performers, and songwriters themselves as they ponder their lives and song and its impression on pop culture. You’ll listen mythical list manufacturers comparable to Chips Moman, Willie Mitchell, Sam Phillips, and Jim Stewart speak about the ups and downs of the undefined. And you’ll listen the artists themselves: Johnny money, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Al eco-friendly, Bobby Womack, B. B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rufus Thomas, contributors of the field Tops, and the brilliant Thunderbirds move one-on-one with the writer which will comprehend the mysteries of Memphis song.

Memphis local Dickerson sifts via greater than a hundred years of musical, political, and cultural history during this paintings of history-as-memoir to supply a charming profile of the one-time homicide capital of the area. starting with the influence of bluesman W.C. convenient within the early 1900s, Dickerson combines sordid stories of brothels, racism, and political corruption with the position Beale highway performed within the simultaneous evolution of either the town and American track. Chapters spanning a decade at a time hide the early impact of blues girls Alberta Hunter and Memphis Minnie, backwater baby-kisser E.H. Crump, the increase of Elvis Presley and Johnny money, the founding of the solar and Stax list labels, well-known artists attracted to Memphis (including U2, ZZ most sensible, and Stevie Ray Vaughan); or even fellow Memphians Justin Timberlake and previous Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison. Dickerson (Ashley Judd: Crying at the within) references own connections—Elvis's father labored in a shop owned by means of one of many author's relations members—and first-person bills of his personal position within the Memphis song scene as a journalist overtake the ultimate 3rd of the publication. however, all musical towns deserve a biography this thorough. (March 2013)

James L. Dickerson is an award-winning newspaper journalist and writer, initially from Greenville, Mississippi. He shaped his first band in highschool in 1962 and played all through his university years as a keyboardist/sax guy for the Dynamics, the Strokers, and the Roadrunners. an established resident of Memphis and Nashville, he used to be an article author for the industrial allure and a ebook critic for the Nashville Tennessean. His Memphis-published journal Nine-O-One community, at one time the third-largest flow song journal within the united states, made heritage through turning into the 1st Southern-based journal to acquire newsstand distribution in all 50 states and abroad. His biography of Scotty Moore, That’s okay, Elvis (Simon & Schuster), co-authored with the guitar legend, used to be a finalist for the Gleason Award. His track historical past, Mojo Triangle: Birthplace of state, Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll (Schirmer Trade), was once a first-place winner of the IPPY Award for most sensible non-fiction booklet within the South.

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