It Came from Memphis

It Came from Memphis

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By (author) Robert Gordon

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  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0743410459
  • ISBN 13: 9780743410458
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 206,680

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Robert Gordon begins where most chroniclers of the music world end and spins a magical fairy tale peopled with Delta bluesmen, a peanut vendor, a matinee cowboy, a professional wrestler, and a manic deejay. "It Came From Memphis" doesn't focus on Elvis, Al Green, or the Sun/Stax studios. Instead it creeps into the shadows cast by those institutions, concentrating on artists like Jim Dickinson and Alex Chilton, and bands like the MarKeys and Big Star. Gordon limns, with respect and the fascination born of true devotion, the story of white teenagers caught in the middle of an extraordinary confluence of music, entrepreneurship, to usher in an exciting new musical form. The result is a rock 'n' roll and Memphis -- its alma mater.

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"Robert Gordon" has written for major music publications in the United States and England, and has contributed to several books. He produced the Al Green CD box set "Anthology, " and his liner notes were nominatied for a Grammy&@174;. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning blues documentary "All Day and All Night, " and his music video work has appeared on MTV, BET, and CMT. He is the author of a forthcoming biography of Muddy Waters and director of the companion documentary. He lives in Memphis with his wife and two daughters.

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"The New Yorker An affectionate rumination.