Rythm Oil: A Journey through the Music of the American South

Rythm Oil: A Journey through the Music of the American South

by Stanley Booth
     
 

Here are Stanley Booth's acclaimed writings about the South and the music that emanates from it. Rythm Oil—you don't have to know how to spell "rhythm" to have it in your body and soul—is a potion sold on Beale Street in Memphis. The home of Sun Records, B. B. King, Elvis Presley, Howlin' Wolf, and Jerry Lee Lewis, Memphis is also the home of

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Here are Stanley Booth's acclaimed writings about the South and the music that emanates from it. Rythm Oil—you don't have to know how to spell "rhythm" to have it in your body and soul—is a potion sold on Beale Street in Memphis. The home of Sun Records, B. B. King, Elvis Presley, Howlin' Wolf, and Jerry Lee Lewis, Memphis is also the home of fantastic stories and broke-down dreams. As Booth makes his way from Memphis to the Mississippi Delta to the depths of the Georgia woods exploring the sounds, the music, and the culture of the American South, "he has produced some of the most gracefully written, thoughtful, and thought-stirring musings on the characters—the famous and the forgotten, the infamous and the unknown—who command the kingdom or drift through the shadowland of the South's rich-chorded patrimony" (Nick Tosches, Los Angeles Times).

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
No Depression, 2/22
“This is a ridiculously good book of music writing—though, that’s an injustice, it’s a book about soul, and life, and America as much or more as it is about ‘just’ music.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Disjointed but ultimately interesting, this series of essays covers 70 years of Southern and Southern-influenced music and performers, from Robert Johnson to Otis Redding to Janis Joplin. Photos. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306809798
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
1 DA CAPO
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.55(d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Booth's work has appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and many other publications. He lives on the Georgia coast, just south of Savannah.

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