1300 187 187
 
Guitar Towns : A Journey to the Crossroads of Rock 'n' Roll - Randy McNutt

Guitar Towns

A Journey to the Crossroads of Rock 'n' Roll

Hardcover

Published: 25th February 2002
Ships: 10 to 15 business days
10 to 15 business days
RRP $29.95
$21.75
27%
OFF

"I couldn't put it down. Randy McNutt's passion for music comes through loud and clear on every page." -- George Thorogood

Everyone knows the importance of Nashville, New York, LA, and Chicago to popular music, but what about Norfolk and Bakersfield?

When recording was more art than commerce, regional music centers flourished. From the 1940s to the 1970s, hundreds of hits -- from "My Guy" to "Five O'Clock World" -- came out of New Orleans, Muscle Shoals, Memphis, Houston, Cincinnati, and other music centers that are too often forgotten today. The important role they played is described in Randy McNutt's entertaining new book, Guitar Towns.

Paying tribute to neglected treasures, McNutt, a writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer and a record producer himself, traveled across America to seek the creators of pop music's hits, misses, and myths. The book recounts his personal odyssey as it documents an important chapter in American cultural history.

McNutt persuaded singers, songwriters, disc jockeys, producers, and session players to talk to him about their lives and their music, and they responded with enthusiasm and flair. Guitar Towns is irresistible to anyone interested in pop music and culture.

Each spring my itch for sonic Americana worsened with the tree pollen. I navigated with two dozen old and new state and local maps, which I stored in a nylon briefcase on my back seat. Right away, I realized I couldn't visit every music center. So I limited my journeys to areas with strong roots and music ties. I preferred the Soul Zone, a musical hothouse stretching from Cincinnati to the Gulf of Mexico and an area that wielded a disproportionate influence on American music for decades. Amazingly, Southern music teams, often consisting of blacks and whites, made high-quality records as their cities churned with racial conflict. -- from Chapter One

Acknowledgments
Hamilton, Ohio: Driving the Bluesp. 1
New Orleans: Sea Cruisep. 6
Jackson, Mississippi: Just a Dreamp. 30
Thibodaux, Louisiana: When There's No Way Outp. 45
Shreveport: Susie-Qp. 55
Houston: Treat Her Rightp. 73
Memphis: Cry Like a Babyp. 88
Memphis Redux: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' Onp. 109
Muscle Shoals: Funky Feverp. 122
Norfolk, Virginia: If You Wanna Be Happyp. 141
Bakersfield: Act Naturallyp. 152
McGonigle, Ohio: Lonnie on the Movep. 169
Cincinnati: Honky Tonkp. 180
Selected Hits from Regional Music Centers, 1945-1975p. 203
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 221
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780253340580
ISBN-10: 0253340586
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 25th February 2002
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.57