Beale Street Dynasty Sex Song And The Struggle For The Soul Of Memphis

Author: Preston Lauterbach
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393246752
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Beale Street Dynasty Sex Song And The Struggle For The Soul Of Memphis. The vivid history of Beale Street—a lost world of swaggering musicians, glamorous madams, and ruthless politicians—and the battle for the soul of Memphis. Following the Civil War, Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, thrived as a cauldron of sex and song, violence and passion. But out of this turmoil emerged a center of black progress, optimism, and cultural ferment. Preston Lauterbach tells this vivid, fascinating story through the multigenerational saga of a family whose ambition, race pride, and moral complexity indelibly shaped the city that would loom so large in American life. Robert Church, who would become “the South’s first black millionaire,” was a mulatto slave owned by his white father. Having survived a deadly race riot in 1866, Church constructed an empire of vice in the booming river town. He made a fortune with saloons, gambling, and—shockingly—white prostitution. But he also nurtured the militant journalism of Ida B. Wells and helped revolutionize American music through the work of composer W.C. Handy, the man who claimed to have invented the blues. In the face of Jim Crow, the Church fortune helped fashion the most powerful black political organization of the early twentieth century. Robert and his son, Bob Jr., bought and sold property, founded a bank, and created a park and auditorium for their people finer than the places whites had forbidden them to attend. However, the Church family operated through a tense arrangement with the Democrat machine run by the notorious E. H. “Boss” Crump, who stole elections and controlled city hall. The battle between this black dynasty and the white political machine would define the future of Memphis. Brilliantly researched and swiftly plotted, Beale Street Dynasty offers a captivating account of one of America’s iconic cities—by one of our most talented narrative historians.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Author: James Baldwin
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804149674
Size: 39.89 MB
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If Beale Street Could Talk. Like the blues -- sweet, sad and full of truth -- this masterly work of fiction rocks us with powerful emotions. In it are anger and pain, but above all, love -- affirmative love of a woman for her man, the sustaining love of a black family. Fonny, a talented young artist, finds himself unjustly arrested and locked in New York's infamous tombs. But his girlfriend, Tish, is determined to free him, and to have his baby, in this starkly realisitic tale... a powerful endictment of American concepts of justice and punishment in our time.

On Beale Street

Author: Ronald Kidd
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416933875
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On Beale Street. In Memphis, in the 1950s, when fifteen-year-old Johnny Ross is introduced to the blues, he ventures to the infamous Beale Street and develops a friendship with an up-and-coming young musician, Elvis Presley.

Beale Street

Author: John A. Elkington
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 162584395X
Size: 74.89 MB
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Beale Street. A vibrant tribute to the rich and unique culture of Memphis, Beale Street is the most visited tourist attraction in Tennessee. But just like the soulful blues ballads that call Beale home, the history of this downtown district echoes with hardship and heartache. From the transcendent sounds of W.C. Handy to the rubble of crumbling buildings and a miraculous rebirth, Beale Street has undergone many incarnations. In this remarkable firsthand account, author John Elkington takes readers on an incredible journey of revitalization that few believed possible when he embarked upon the task in the early 1980s. Step inside the drama of politics, the exhausting planning stages, collapsing landmarks and the hunt for the great B.B. King, and witness a living testament to the power of devotion and the enchantment of revival.

Beale Street

Author: Dr. Beverly G. Bond
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439617538
Size: 37.23 MB
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Beale Street. Once celebrated as the Main Street of Negro America," Beale Street has a long and vibrant history. In the early 20th century, the 15-block neighborhood supported a collection of hotels, pool halls, saloons, banks, barber shops, pharmacies, dry goods stores, theaters, gambling dens, jewelers, fraternal clubs, churches, entertainment agencies, beauty salons, pawn shops, blues halls, and juke joints. Above the street-level storefronts were offices of African American business and professional men: dentists, doctors, undertakers, photographers, teachers, realtors, and insurance brokers. By mid-century, following the social strife and urban renewal projects of the 1960s and 1970s, little remained of the original neighborhood. Those buildings spared by the bulldozers were boarded up and falling down. In the nick of time, in the 1980s, the city realized the area's potential as a tourist attraction. New bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues opened along the remaining three-block strip, providing a mecca for those seeking to recapture the magic of Beale Street."

Beale Street

Author: William S. Worley
Publisher: Addax Pub Group Inc
ISBN:
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Beale Street. Take the Mississippi River flowing through the heart of America, to Memphis. Go east and fred the birthplace of the Blues and the heart of our American music heritage. Find cold brew and hot music. Find Beale Street. The stories and photos in Beale Street, Crossroads of America's Music capture a legacy passed on by the mastersa living, pulsating, howling rhythm.