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The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll

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"A well-researched valentine to a lost world of seedy con men, promoters and club owners, the power brokers and hustlers who made the 'circuitry spark.' "--Eddie Dean, Wall Street Journal

"Lauterbach spins the tale with enormous vitality and it's terribly fun to read. He masterfully explains the complex logistics of the entertainment industry, and studs the book with fascinating, little-known characters. . . . The reader will finish with an overwhelming urge to turn up the volume."--Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

"A major achievement and an important contribution to American musical history."--Booklist, starred review

"Opens new doors in pop-music scholarship as well as American (and African-American) cultural history."--Michaelangelo Matos, A.V. Club

"[T]he genius prequel to an oft-told epic."--New Orleans Times-Picayune

"This sprawling, fascinating history drops readers into a chaotic, dangerous, utterly vanished world."--John Repp, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"Lauterbach's tribute . . . is welcome and overdue." --Jonathan Yardley,

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For generations, "chitlin' circuit" has meant second tier--brash performers in raucous nightspots far from the big-city limelight. Now, music journalist Preston Lauterbach combines terrific firsthand reportage with deep historical research to offer a groundbreaking account of the birth of rock 'n' roll in black America.

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A definitive account of the birth of rock 'n' roll in black America, this book establishes the Chitlin' Circuit as a major force in American musical history. Combining terrific firsthand reporting with deep historical research, Preston Lauterbach uncovers characters like Chicago Defender columnist Walter Barnes, who pioneered the circuit in the 1930s, and larger-than-life promoters such as Denver Ferguson, the Indianapolis gambling chieftain who consolidated it in the 1940s. Charging from Memphis to Houston and now-obscure points in between, The Chitlin' Circuit brings us into the sweaty back rooms where such stars as James Brown, B. B. King, and Little Richard got their start. With his unforgettable portraits of unsung heroes including King Kolax, Sax Kari, and Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Lauterbach writes of a world of clubs and con men that has managed to avoid much examination despite its wealth of brash characters, intriguing plotlines, and vulgar glory, and gives us an excavation of an underground musical America.

About the Author

Preston Lauterbach lives with his wife and children in Memphis, Tennessee. The Chitlin' Circuit is his first book. He is at work on a history of Beale Street, the birthplace of the blues.

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Rett, January 28, 2012 (view all comments by Rett)
Some books inform & others entertain, rarely does one accomplish both.
Having grown up in Mississippi in the 60’s, I knew that the all-black nightclubs were off limits and dangerous. A friend of my parent's whose African-American employee arrived at work one Monday stitched and bandaged from a Saturday night razor cut inflicted at such an establishment, when asked what happened after being slashed replied that he retaliated with his chain!! Not a gentle place.
The Chitlin’ Circuit: And the Road to Rock and Roll not only immerses the reader in experiences from clubs such as that, but catalogs crucial episodes in the birth of American roots music. It also provides an in-depth look at the African-American entrepreneurs who created the still-utilized business model, operating out of cities throughout the North and the South. That these men (and occasionally women) were innovative, creative, and many times thuggish goes without saying; what astonishes is that in their intensely racist, hardscrabble environment they were able to flourish and amass great wealth.
Denver Ferguson, perhaps the poster icon of the book, used his print shop to produce baseball “statistic” sheets which camouflaged numbers game picks, useful in evading arrest and key to bankrolling his eventual music empire.
From recognizable to more obscure artists, this book presents them all in very human scale. It is fascinating to read about pre-famous James Brown, Little Richard, B. B. King, "Big Mama" Thornton, Johnny Ace, Louis Jordan, etc. and feel present amidst the tragedies and triumphs, murders and mayhem that were part and parcel with their lives.
The unexpected twist, which will resonate with and baffle me indefinitely, comes at the end of the book when Mr. Lauterbach's Coda relates current status of geographical areas comprising these microcosms of African-American culture and history.
Don't take my word for how great this book is, find out for yourself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393342949
Author:
Lauterbach, Preston
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
34 illustrations
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Lauterbach's tribute . . . is welcome and overdue." --Jonathan Yardley,
"Synopsis" by , For generations, "chitlin' circuit" has meant second tier--brash performers in raucous nightspots far from the big-city limelight. Now, music journalist Preston Lauterbach combines terrific firsthand reportage with deep historical research to offer a groundbreaking account of the birth of rock 'n' roll in black America.
"Synopsis" by , A definitive account of the birth of rock 'n' roll in black America, this book establishes the Chitlin' Circuit as a major force in American musical history. Combining terrific firsthand reporting with deep historical research, Preston Lauterbach uncovers characters like Chicago Defender columnist Walter Barnes, who pioneered the circuit in the 1930s, and larger-than-life promoters such as Denver Ferguson, the Indianapolis gambling chieftain who consolidated it in the 1940s. Charging from Memphis to Houston and now-obscure points in between, The Chitlin' Circuit brings us into the sweaty back rooms where such stars as James Brown, B. B. King, and Little Richard got their start. With his unforgettable portraits of unsung heroes including King Kolax, Sax Kari, and Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Lauterbach writes of a world of clubs and con men that has managed to avoid much examination despite its wealth of brash characters, intriguing plotlines, and vulgar glory, and gives us an excavation of an underground musical America.
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