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It Came From Memphis by Robert Gordon
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Recommended for: anyone who can read and likes American music, Memphis-style
Read in January, 1995

I re-read this book at least once a year. Gordon is everything that most music writers aren't: knowledgeable, funny, and an honest-to-god fan of the music he writes about. This book is about the wildness that is Memphis music ca.1950s to right now (or then, as this came out in '95) and has THE BEST accounts I've read about the circumstances surrounding the creation of Big Star's "Sister Lovers" and Chilton's "Like Flies on Sherbert," both holy grails of mine. Even if you could care less about Big Star and Alex Chilton, this book's got something for you, especially if you want to know more about what was going on in Memphis that didn't involve Elvis. In fact, there's not a whole lot of Elvis here, but there ARE two different "IT Came From Memphis" cds that serve as the perfect accompaniement to the story being told. Robert Gordon is one of those people that I wish would put out a book every couple of months. Supposedly there's a video that goes with this, but I've never been able to find it or know if it really exists. The book, however, is alive and monstrous. If you've ever wondered why so much great and twisted music has come from Memphis, this book will make the scales fall from your eyes.
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message 1: by Shanyn (new)

Shanyn So I'm not the only re-reader. Love this book. Contains one of my favorite lines EVER written in a non-fiction book,,,"They were f****** the music." Anyway, if you like this book, also try "The Chitlin Circuit and the Road to Rock n Roll". Another book that weaves a tale larger than life about the African American roots of rock-n-roll music.


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