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The Chitlin' Circuit

And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll

Preston Lauterbach (Author)

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“Lauterbach’s tribute . . . is welcome and overdue.” —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

For generations, "chitlin' circuit" has meant second tier—brash performers in raucous nightspots far from the big-city limelight. Now, music journalist Preston Lauterbach combines terrific firsthand reportage with deep historical research to offer a groundbreaking account of the birth of rock 'n' roll in black America.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34294-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 368 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Lauterbach spins the tale with enormous vitality and it’s terribly fun to read. He masterfully explains the complex logistics of the entertainment industry, and studs the book with fascinating, little-known characters. . . . The reader will finish with an overwhelming urge to turn up the volume.” — Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

“A well-researched valentine to a lost world of seedy con men, promoters and club owners, the power brokers and hustlers who made the ‘circuitry spark.’” — Eddie Dean, Wall Street Journal

“...crucial to our understanding of late-20th-century pop music and all the more impressive for its exhaustive research. Preston Lauterbach’s book—spirited, studious, surprising, occasionally hilarious—is absolutely persuasive on its subject.” — Stephen M. Deusner, PasteMagazine.com

“Opens new doors in pop-music scholarship as well as American (and African-American) cultural history.” — Michaelangelo Matos, The A. V. Club

“This sprawling, fascinating history drops readers into a chaotic, dangerous, utterly vanished world.” — John Repp, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[T]he genius prequel to an oft-told epic.” — New Orleans Times-Picayune

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