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Author Lauterbach, Preston, author.

Title Beale Street dynasty : sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis / Preston Lauterbach.

Publication Info. New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    976.819 LAU    Available
Edition First edition.
Description xi, 352 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
text txt rdacontent.
unmediated n rdamedia.
volume nc rdacarrier.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-336) and index.
Contents 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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.
Summary 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.
Subject Beale Street (Memphis, Tenn.) -- History.
Beale Street (Memphis, Tenn.) -- Biography.
Memphis (Tenn.) -- History.
Memphis (Tenn.) -- Biography.
Memphis (Tenn.) -- Race relations.
Church, Robert Reed, 1839-1912.
Church, Robert Reed, 1839-1912 -- Family.
ISBN 9780393082579 (hbk.) : $26.95
0393082571 (hbk.)

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