George Zepp is a locally renowned historian and journalist in the Nashville area, where he penned the local history column "Learn Nashville," which has enjoyed a seven-year run in the Tennessean. The column ran each Wednesday in the local news section from 2002 through 2007 and can now be found in the Life section on Saturdays. Zepp's career in journalism spanned more than 33 years, the majority of which were spent in Nashville at the Tennessean. In addition to his work in newspapers, Zepp has contributed his local history expertise to numerous books and volumes on Nashville history.
Hidden History of Nashvilleby George Zepp
Perched on the banks of the Cumberland River, Nashville is best known for its role in the civil rights movement, world-class education and, of course, country music. In this unique collection of columns, longtime journalist and Tennessee native George Zepp illuminates a less familiar side of the city. Learn the secrets of Timothy Demonbreun, one of the city's
Perched on the banks of the Cumberland River, Nashville is best known for its role in the civil rights movement, world-class education and, of course, country music. In this unique collection of columns, longtime journalist and Tennessee native George Zepp illuminates a less familiar side of the city. Learn the secrets of Timothy Demonbreun, one of the city's first residents who lived with his family in a cliff-top cave; Cortelia Clark, the blind bluesman who continued to perform on street corners after winning a Grammy award; and Nashville's own Cinderella story, which involved legendary radio personality Edgar Bergen and his ventriloquist protégé. Cleverly rendered, using questions from readers across the nation, these little-known tales abound with Music City mystery and charm.
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George Zepp has been a quiet hero to Nashville history lovers for years. His weekly Tennessean column unearthing the city's secrets and dispelling its rumors has been a must-read since 2002. Those of us who have faithfully clipped the columns and stuffed them into over-flowing folders have long urged him to anthologize them. What a delight to discover that HIDDEN HISTORY OF NASHVILLE, featuring many of our favorite "Learn Nashville" columns, is finally available. It's a great-looking book, from its attractive cover to an inviting layout adorned by a generous collection of historic photos. The Preface is fascinating, and the reading list and references at the end of the book are extremely valuable. But best of all are the columns! Each one sparked by a question from a reader, these meticulously researched and well-written narratives deepen our understanding of this colorful and historic city. The chapter headings alone will lure you in: "True Tall Tales: Coffee, Cave and Curse," "Distant Troubles: Outlaws, Slaves and Slums," and the tantalizing "Naughty Nashville: Drinking, Stripping and Cavorting," just to name a few. Read about settlers & strippers, brewers & blues singers, entrepreneurs & Presidents. Life in any city is filled with surprises, but Zepp has discovered Nashville's untamed heart and offers it to us with a grin. Who would expect to find Teddy Roosevelt and Jesse James, James K. Polk and O. Henry, Edgar Bergen and Tennessee Williams, all making history here? Nashville has so much more to offer than the usual tourist fare - HIDDEN HISTORY OF NASHVILLE is a real joy for everyone who loves this city.
This was an OK book, probably more interesting if you live in Nashville or are familiar with landmarks there.
I bought this for my husband and he has already read it twice. Loved that the author included history we have all heard and the little things we have not.