The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll (Hardback)Preston Lauterbach (author)
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Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 534 g
Dimensions: 244 x 165 x 33 mm
"Highly recommended....relishes the criminal origins of the mostly southern black club scene from the early '30s to the late '60s....a coherent, musically savvy history of a performance culture that until now was known only piecemeal." -- Robert Christgau - Barnes and Noble Review
"In this terrific popular history, music journalist and first time author Lauterbach uncovers a secret world that involves not only music but also racketeering and bribery, bootlegging, and various scandals. Lauterbach focuses on how the chitlin' circuit developed from the late 1930s to the early 1940s, with a particular emphasis on how it nurtured early rock 'n' roll. A major achievement and an important contribution to American music history." -- Booklist, starred review
"Starred Review. Lauterbach has written the definitive history of the musical back roads and back rooms of the southern United States.... a great read, well written and insightful. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the seedy history of American popular music." -- Library Journal
"Lauterbach's writing is as energetic as a Little Richard song (a performer who started on the chitlin' circuit and crossed over to national fame).... a rocking read and a deserving tribute to the people and places who were the foundations of rock and roll." -- Publishers Weekly
"Lauterbach's tribute to [the chitlin' circuit] is welcome and overdue." -- Jonathan Yardley - Washington Post
"Remarkable... Lauterbach has resurrected the names and careers of men and women-and, yes, some of the toughest of these people were women-who ran bars, booking agencies and clubs, where traveling musicians could come into a black community, play, make money and go to the next town... It's a complex, multi-layered story... The Chitlin' Circuit illuminates a period of American musical history that's long needed it... Go[es] a long way toward illuminating the life black performers lived off-stage and the conditions they endured while they worked." -- Ed Ward, NPR
"This sprawling, fascinating history drops readers into a chaotic, dangerous, utterly vanished world. It turns out to be more vibrant than the standard rock 'n' roll mythology. The true dawn of rock lit a landscape in which timeless music got made thanks to every vice and virtue imaginable. Now that's America." -- John Repp - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"An intensely researched, engaging revelation... This captivating account slips the reader smack into the middle of rock's own hothouse." -- Barry Mazor
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