It Came from Memphis: Updated and Revised (Paperback)

It Came from Memphis: Updated and Revised By Robert Gordon, Peter Guralnick (Foreword by), Hanif Abdurraqib (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Robert Gordon, Peter Guralnick (Foreword by), Hanif Abdurraqib (Foreword by)
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Vienna in the 1880s. Paris in the 1920s. Memphis in the 1950s. These are the paradigm shifts of modern culture. Memphis then was like Seattle with grunge or Brooklyn with hip-hop-except the change was more than musical: Underground Memphis embraced black American culture when dominant society simply ignored or abhorred it. The effect rocked the world. Like no other music history, It Came From Memphis dishes its tuneful tale with a full context of social issues. From institutional racism to cowboy movies, from manic disc jockeys to Quaalude motorcycle gangs, this story is as unvarnished a history of rock and roll as ever has been written. Stars pass through- Elvis, Aretha, Jerry Lee-but the emphasis is more on the singular achievements of artists like Alex Chilton, Jim Dickinson, Furry Lewis and wrestler Sputnik Monroe. The updated and revised edition 25th Anniversary edition more than 80 new photos, an updated text featuring more voices, a new foreword, and afterword. "Superb." -The New York Times

About the Author

Robert Gordon is a writer and a filmmaker, a Grammy winner and an Emmy winner. He's a native Memphian who has been exporting the city's authentic weirdness since long before his first book, It Came From Memphis (1995). He's been nominated for six Grammys; his win was for the liner notes to the Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky. His Emmy was for Best of Enemies, the 2015 documentary about Gore Vidal, William Buckley, and the demise of civil discourse in America. He's not the rockabilly singer, he's not author of Deep Blues, and he's not the university in Scotland. He lives in Memphis.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781733350150
ISBN-10: 1733350152
Publisher: Third Man Books
Publication Date: November 10th, 2020
Pages: 392
Language: English