Robert Gordon It Came from Memphis

ISBN 13: 9780571198818

It Came from Memphis

4.22 avg rating
( 345 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780571198818: It Came from Memphis
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Exploring interwoven threads of personality, coincidence, progress, and taste--all essentially unrelated to music--a veteran journalist explains how popular culture and business intersected in Memphis to set the stage for rock and roll well before Elvis arrived. IP.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Perhaps no other city in America has provided more grist for the music sociology mill than Memphis, Tennessee. While Memphis has been the muse for some truly classic books (Peter Guralnick's Sweet Soul Music, to name just one), the rhetoric surrounding "The Birthplace of Rock & Roll"--also "The Home of the Blues"--can be as daunting as a walk down the ravenously gentrified blues theme park that is Beale Street.

Enter Robert Gordon, a Memphis native and keen chronicler of the city's secret history. Gordon's It Came from Memphis all but ignores the Bluff City's oft-cited musical hierarchy--B.B. King, Elvis, Al Green et al.--in favor of its great unheralded eccentrics. You might not be familiar with the Insect Trust or Mudboy and the Neutrons, but Gordon argues--with empathy and wit--that you should be.

But music is only part of the story here. Whether it's Memphis's wrestling legend Sputnik Monroe, or the city's esoteric patron saint, artist-professor John McIntire, Gordon's shrewd eye sees the mojo in them all. In a way, Gordon's book is even more vital than the classic volumes on Memphis music that predate it. Where Guralnick interprets a musical tradition that is already firmly embedded in the American psyche, Gordon gives voice to a clandestine tradition that otherwise might go forgotten. --Matt Hanks

About the Author:

Robert Gordon has written for major music magazines in the US and England, and has contributed to several books. Robert is the author of It Came From Memphis, a book about Memphis music and culture published in 1995 (Faber & Faber, USA; Secker and Warburg, UK). He also produced the book's companion CD of related musics (Upstart/Rounder Records). His book about Elvis on tour, The King on the Road, was written with the cooperation of Elvis's estate and published August 1996 by St. Martin's (Hamlyn in the UK; Vade Retro in France). As a filmmaker, Robert directed the award-winning blues documentary All Day and All Night, featuring B. B. King and Rufus Thomas; that film aired nationally on PBS and was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. His music video work has appeared on MTV, BET, and CMT. Also, he produced the Al Green CD box set, Anthology, for which his liner notes were Grammy nominated in 1998. His biography of Muddy Waters will be published by Little, Brown, in 2000. Robert is an indirect descendant of Jesse James.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780743410458: It Came From Memphis

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0743410459 ISBN 13:  9780743410458
Publisher: Atria Books, 2001
Softcover

9780571198481: It Came from Memphis

Faber ..., 1995
Hardcover

9780436201455: It Came From Memphis: The Unturned Roots of Rock and Roll

Secker..., 1995
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Robert Gordon
Published by Faber & Faber (1996)
ISBN 10: 0571198813 ISBN 13: 9780571198818
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber & Faber, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0571198813

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 54.09
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Robert Gordon
Published by Faber & Faber (1996)
ISBN 10: 0571198813 ISBN 13: 9780571198818
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber & Faber, 1996. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0571198813

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 62.25
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Robert Gordon
ISBN 10: 0571198813 ISBN 13: 9780571198818
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0571198813

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 77.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Gordon, Robert
Published by Faber & Faber (1996)
ISBN 10: 0571198813 ISBN 13: 9780571198818
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Faber & Faber, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110571198813

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 89.92
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Robert Gordon
ISBN 10: 0571198813 ISBN 13: 9780571198818
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0571198813

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 102.63
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds