Memphis mayhem : a story of the music that shook up the world

Published 2020
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"The definitive tale of the birthplace of rock and roll, Memphis Mayhem weaves the tale of the racial collision that led to a cultural, sociological, and musical revolution. Beginning with the 1870s yellow fever epidemics that created racial imbalance as wealthy whites fled his hometown, David Less moves beyond W.C. Handy's codification of the blues in 1909 to the mid-century advent of interracial music, the birth of punk, and finally to the growth of a music tourism industry. The city's musical ecosystem included studios, high school band instructors, clubs, record companies, family bands, pressing plants, and retail record outlets, and it produced a startling array of talent, including Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Al Green, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carla Thomas, Booker Little, Alex Chilton, Ann Peebles, Jim Dickinson, Furry Lewis, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Justin Timberlake. Lively and comprehensive, Memphis Mayhem is a provocative chronicle of finding common ground through music and creating a sound that would change the world."--Provided by publisher.

First edition.
x, 218 pages : illustrations, portraits, photographs ; 23 cm
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Story of the music that shook up the world
Foreword / Peter Guralnick
Mutual admiration
Race relations
Black neighborhood schools
The racial bridge
That was just Memphis
The Memphis beat
Ghosts walked among them
City mice and country mice
Jazz: teachers and students
Booker and doughbelly
Saints and sinners
Heads or tails or ...
Sam Phillips and the birth of rock and roll
Radio and television
Joe Cuoghi and John Novarese
Hi Records: biracial recording
Hi Records: Willie steps up
Stax: the torch is passed
The end of the sixties: big changes for Stax
American and Ardent Studios
The end of Stax, Hi, and American
A new paradigm
The dawn of punk
Music tourism: Memphis cashes in
Chronology of significant events in Memphis music.
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