Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music’s Hometown

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Music history differs from traditional historical studies in one key area: while history is all about big sweeping changes and tidal shifts, music history often depends on an individual. That individual inspires another, and they inspire more, and from that germ, that song, that performance, an entire musical tradition is born.

Memphis Rent Party takes the reader into the deep local history of Memphis music, eschewing the recording studios for riversides, back alleys, house parties, and dead-end streets.

This is the kind of history that only an insider could write. Gordon’s lifelong love of and experiences with the Memphis music scene — as well as the relationships he cultivated over the decades — gave him access no outsider, no matter how passionate or well-informed, could dream of. These are conversations between contemporaries, people who speak the same language, even if Gordon is always careful to position himself as the respectful fan.

Memphis Rent Party gets the heart of the blues in ways other history books simply can’t. It’s wonderful and heartbreaking all at once.


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Author Robert Gordon
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date 2018-Mar-06
ISBN 9781632867735
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Issue April 2018
Category Music & Movies
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