The Chitlin' Circuit: and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll Hardcover – 23 Sep 2011
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Lauterbach s tribute to [the chitlin' circuit] is welcome and overdue. --Jonathan Yardley
Lauterbach's tribute to it [the chitlin' circuit] is welcome and overdue. The Guardian ...densely researched yet marvellously vivid... Independent on Sunday The Chitlin' Circuit is immensely informative...with a fresh and persuasive take on the origins of rock and roll. Lauterbach has a knowing yet unaffected style. TLS This is a riveting account of a lively and colourful...scene. The Scotsman This is one of the best music books I've read in ages. Word The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock'n'Roll is the best music book I've read in years. Record Collector Scrupulously uncovering a musical history long neglected... --Word Magazine
About the Author
Preston Lauterbach is a music journalist. This is his first book.
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Buy it if at interested in this topic.well recommended.
This book seeks to tell the tale of these venues creation, a response to a virtually new phenomenon, the disposable income of a self determined Black population. It sets out to tell tall tales of the musicians and gig goers, the ingenuity of the venues creators, the shadowy background of their financing, stories of the back handers given to a white controlling force of politicking and policing. The book is littered with tales, lacework links, and histories of all those names you’ve come to know and love such as Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker, Gatemouth Brown, Jimmy Lunceford, Amos Milburn, Dave Bartholomew, and Roy Brown.
These places, the timber frame buildings of Chicken Shack Boogie fame are where Rock n’ Roll was birthed. Louis Jordan once said that Rock N’ Roll was only a poor imitation by Whites of Black Rhythm and Blues and the more I listen and the more I learn, the more I’m agreeing with that statement. Lauterbach’s book just confirms it … yet again.
I haven’t got more than a third of the way into this, and I’m here telling you all about it, because it’s that good. It’s oozily wet, not dry, teeming with tales and hearty history. It beats with the sort of knowledge only an insider can ever get the low-down on, and luckily for us, the reader, it has been passed on with ’nuff style.Read more ›
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A well written book telling the story of the black music venues from the thirties to the begining of rocknroll and how life on the road was hard and not allway's safe. Read morePublished 4 months ago by harry.r
Well researched and fascinating read, possibly even to those who are not particularly interested in Jazz or Rhythm and Blues. Read morePublished 6 months ago by keith
Fascinating stuff about about a period of mainly black American music almost gone from living memory - it was hard to put it down. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr. R. McLoughlin