Goin' Back To Memphis: A Century of Blues, Rock 'n' roll and Glorious Soul
Dickerson, James L.
Cooper Square Press ,
New York (NY)
ISBN 0-8154-1049-2 ,
, 0.394 kg
Category: Music General
From the back cover:
For hundred years Memphis Tennessee has been the center of musical innovation for
American popular music. From the Beale Street blues of W.C. Handy to the tourist
mecca known as Graceland, here is the first comprehensive history of the town and
its idiosyncratic musicians. Told in the words of the performers, record producers,
and songwriters themselves, and illustrated with over fifty photos, this survey
details seven decades of blues, rock 'n' roll, and soul. Dickerson provides deft
portraits of memorable figures like fiery ex-prostitute Memphis Minnie, "Fiddling
Abe" Fortas (who later became a Supreme Court justice), harmonica wizard Sonny Boy
Williamson, swing arranger Jimmie Lunceford, as well as Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes,
B.B. King, Al Green, Johnny Cash, and the King himself - Elvis Presley. The results is a
compelling, in-depth look at one town's crucial contributions to American popular music.
A former longtime Memphis resident, James L. Dickerson is the author of 'Coming Home:
21 Conversations about Memphis Music' and co-author (with Scotty Moore) of
'That's Alright, Elvis: The Untold Story of Elvis's First Guitarist and Manager', among
other books. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.