Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.5 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author
Preston Lauterbach is the author of Bluff City, Beale Street Dynasty, The Chitlin' Circuit, a Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe book of the year, and co-author of Brother Johnson: Growing Up with Robert Johnson. He is a former visiting scholar at Rhodes College and a Virginia Humanities Fellow. He lives in Virginia.
Adds a fascinating chapter to civil rights history. But for all the hatred it depicts, this gracefully written book never loses sight of the fun that made Handy exalt that stretch of dirt road.--James Gavin
All aspects of this complex, fascinating history are told...with verve and vivid erudition.--Tom Nolan
Lauterbach brings the history of Memphis to life in this vivid reconstruction of its volatile history... an engaging, entertaining, and thorough history. Lauterbach superbly handles the city's race relations and the black struggle for equality... a wonderful portrait of a city in flux and a neighborhood's lasting, though oft-overlooked, legacy.
Lauterbach here provides the exceptional story of a southern city that matches in sheer bravado and outrageousness any rival metropolis, and in so doing he fills in a gap in America's urban and racial history... [F]ascinating.--Mark Levine
Excellent study of an iconic Southern place and the fraught, violent history behind it... Lauterbach adds to the rich library devoted to "old, weird America" established by writers such as Michael Ventura, Peter Guralnick and Greil Marcus. Beale Street is mostly a tourist trap now, but it was a place of 'whorehouses, saloons, and bullet holes' not so long ago. By Lauterbach's illuminating account, the past was more fun--or at least more interesting.