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Preston Lauterbach

Preston Lauterbach is the author of Bluff City, Beale Street Dynasty, and The Chitlin Circuit, a Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe book of the year. He is a former visiting scholar at Rhodes College and a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Books by Preston Lauterbach

  1. Book CoverBeale 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.More

  2. Book CoverBluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers


    The little-known story of an iconic photographer, whose work captured—and influenced—a critical moment in American history.More

  3. Book CoverThe Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll


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