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Goin’ to Memphis Where the Beat is Tough

Robert Gordon’s Memphis Rent Party captures the grit and heart of the blues

Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music’s Hometown is a fascinating journey through the back alleys and juke joints of Memphis as nonfiction author Robert Gordon searches for musical icons and forgotten heroes. Gordon will appear at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis on March 9, at Earnestine & Hazel’s in Memphis on March 10, and at Parnassus Books in Nashville on March 17.

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Jerry Lee Lewis

Book excerpt: Memphis Rent Party

Home of the blues, birthplace of rock & roll, soul-music capital—Memphis has been essential to American music. In Memphis Rent Party, coming March 6 from Bloomsbury, Robert Gordon heads behind the scenes to the people and places that music history has yet to record.

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