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Riassunto: The first book to explore the other, less obvious factors that conspired to make Memphis the birthplace of rock and roll--factors as diverse as TV cowboys, professional wrestlers and Holiday Inns--It Came from Memphis sheds new light on the origin not just of rock music, but the rock and roll lifestyle. 20 photos.
Review: Perhaps no other city in America has provided more grist for the music sociology mill than Memphis, Tennessee. While Memphis has been the muse for some truly classic books (Peter Guralnick's Sweet Soul Music, to name just one), the rhetoric surrounding "The Birthplace of Rock & Roll"--also "The Home of the Blues"--can be as daunting as a walk down the ravenously gentrified blues theme park that is Beale Street.
Enter Robert Gordon, a Memphis native and keen chronicler of the city's secret history. Gordon's It Came from Memphis all but ignores the Bluff City's oft-cited musical hierarchy--B.B. King, Elvis, Al Green et al.--in favor of its great unheralded eccentrics. You might not be familiar with the Insect Trust or Mudboy and the Neutrons, but Gordon argues--with empathy and wit--that you should be.
But music is only part of the story here. Whether it's Memphis's wrestling legend Sputnik Monroe, or the city's esoteric patron saint, artist-professor John McIntire, Gordon's shrewd eye sees the mojo in them all. In a way, Gordon's book is even more vital than the classic volumes on Memphis music that predate it. Where Guralnick interprets a musical tradition that is already firmly embedded in the American psyche, Gordon gives voice to a clandestine tradition that otherwise might go forgotten. --Matt Hanks
Titolo: It Came from Memphis
Casa editrice: Faber & Faber
Data di pubblicazione: 1996
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: Very Good. 0571198813 1995, Faber, rtr. library in LIKE NEW condition. Never checked out. Superclean. No notes. No dog-ears. Spine uncreased. Cover very nice, has library markings. Excellent reading copy. Ships next day. (jd04). Codice libro della libreria 0618W757682
Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0571198813
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