Beale Street Dynasty : Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis Hardback
Between Reconstruction and Prohibition, Beale Street in Memphis thrived as a cauldron of sex and song, greed and race hatred-a street that inspired folk legends and reshaped American politics.
Preston Lauterbach tells this story through the life of the South's first black millionaire, an ex-slave named Robert Church.
With a compromised fortune gleaned from brothels and gambling houses, Church and his son bankrolled militant civil rights activism, furnished the venues where W.C.
Handy invented the blues and built a powerful black political machine.
Fighting to redeem themselves and their city, these vice kings clashed with the forces of Jim Crow to create a hotbed of black culture.
Brilliantly researched, Beale Street Dynasty evokes a lost world of swaggering musicians, glamorous madams and ruthless politicians.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 368 pages, 8 pages of illustrations
- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Publication Date: 30/03/2015
- Category: Blues
- ISBN: 9780393082579
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