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Beale Street dynasty : sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis

Author: Preston Lauterbach
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Documents the rise and fall of the legendary Memphis thoroughfare that indelibly shaped American culture, documenting its story through the life of former slave and first black millionaire Robert Church.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Robert Reed Church; Robert Reed Church; Robert Reed Church
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Preston Lauterbach
ISBN: 9780393082579 0393082571
OCLC Number: 904335067
Description: xi, 352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I. Birth of a kingpin, 1866-1885 --
There is no yankee doodle in Memphis --
A promiscuous running fight --
A frightful state of moral darkness --
Birth of a kingpin --
Part II. Birth of Beale, 1885-1892 --
Dividing the wages of sin --
Contributions from malefactors --
Free speech, high revelry, and low song --
The true spark of manhood --
Part III. Birth of the blues, 1901-1918 --
Red, gray, and blue --
Doctor said it'd kill me, but he didn't say when --
Purifying the moral atmosphere --
The gig --
We gonna barrelhouse anyhow --
Like a stone cast into the sea --
I'd rather be there than any place I know --
Part IV. The lid, 1918-1940 --
All the pretty girls lived good --
In a class by himself --
The frolic --
The unholy combination --
Snitchin' gambler blues --
God's chillun --
Within the gates of Memphis --
A Boyle festers --
This is a white man's country.
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The dramatic rise and fall of Beale Street, the legendary Memphis thoroughfare that shook American culture.  Read more...

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"...a highly enjoyable account...The minute attention to detail suggests painstaking research, but a discreet and likeable authorial presence is maintained throughout." -- Times Literary Supplement

 
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