I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone

I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone


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I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone by Jim Dickinson

I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone chronicles Jim Dickinson's extraordinary life in the Memphis music scene of the fifties and sixties and how he went on to play with and produce a rich array of artists, including Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Duane Allman, Arlo Guthrie, and Albert King. With verve and wit, Dickinson (1941-2009) describes his trip to Blind Lemon's grave on the Texas flatlands as a college student and how that encounter inspired his return to Memphis. Back home, he looked up Gus Cannon and Furry Lewis, began staging plays, cofounded what would become the annual Memphis Blues Festival, and started recording.

The blues, Elvis, and early rock 'n' roll compelled Dickinson to reject racial barriers and spurred his contributions to the Memphis music and experimental art scene. He explains how the family yardman, WDIA, Dewey Phillips, Furry Lewis, Will Shade, and Howlin' Wolf shaped him and recounts how he went on to learn his craft at Sun, Ardent, American, Muscle Shoals, and Criteria studios from master producers Sam Phillips, John Fry, Chips Moman, and Jerry Wexler.

Dickinson is a member of the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame and an inaugural inductee of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Engineering and Production from the Americana Music Association, a Brass Note on the Beale Street Walk of Fame in Memphis, and a Heritage Marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. This memoir recounts a love affair with Memphis, the blues, and rock 'n' roll through Dickinson's captivating blend of intelligence, humor, and candor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496810540
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 03/23/2017
Series: American Made Music Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 551,744
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jim Dickinson (1941-2009) worked with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Alex Chilton, the Replacements, and T-Model Ford. His sons, Luther and Cody, are the founding members of the North Mississippi All Stars.

Sean Runnette, a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has also produced several Audie Award-winning audiobooks. His film and television appearances include Two If by Sea, Copland, Sex and the City, Law & Order, Third Watch, and lots and lots of commercials.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 3

Part I The Search for Blind Lemon (1941-1971)

Chapter 1 Went to See the Gypsy (1961) 11

Chapter 2 "My Father Was a Travelin' Man …" (1787-1949) 13

Chapter 3 Memphis (1949-54) 23

Chapter 4 The Wolf (1954-58) 32

Chapter 5 Butterfly and Dishrag (1955-67) 34

Chapter 6 Pretty Browns in Beautiful Gowns (1949-55) 36

Chapter 7 Daddy-O Dewey (1949-58) 38

Chapter 8 Big Jim and Elvis (1949-1956) 40

Chapter 9 On a Train That Is Passing Through (1955) 48

Chapter 10 The Regents (1957-60) 51

Chapter 11 The Point and the Setting Sun (1957-60) 61

Chapter 12 Dire Females (1955-63) 62

Chapter 13 Vassapoo, Open D Guitar Tuning (Fall 1959) 65

Chapter 14 The Casino with Scotty and Bill (1960) 68

Chapter 15 Bring On the Bullet (1960) 71

Chapter 16 The Very First Time (1956-60) 78

Chapter 17 Vampus of the Campus (1960) 80

Chapter 18 Back and Forth, Up and Down (1960) 89

Chapter 19 The Plot Sickens (1960) 92

Chapter 20 Second Semester: What the Monkey Saw (1961) 97

Chapter 21 Spring Poems (1961) 101

Chapter 22 More Back and Forth, Up and Down (1961) 105

Chapter 23 Homecoming Queen: It's Never Too Late (1961) 110

Chapter 24 "Big D" (little "a") (1961-62) 112

Chapter 25 Back to the Burying Ground (1962) 116

Chapter 26 All up in Sonny's Bed (1962) 120

Chapter 27 Lost in the Woods (1962-63) 125

Chapter 28 Market Theatre (1963) 135

Chapter 29 Ol' Sam Hess (1963) 141

Chapter 30 Oso and Dixieland Folk Style (1963) 144

Chapter 31 New Beale Street Sheiks and the Return of Will Shade (1963) 150

Chapter 32 Ray Brown: The Round Mound of Sound (1964-69) 154

Chapter 33 Married, Return to Waco, and Good Kid-The All-Time Champ (1964) 159

Chapter 34 Granny's Sewing Room (1965) 165

Chapter 35 Free Teddy Paige/Memphis Country Blues Festival (1966-67) 170

Chapter 36 Tom Dowd and Knowbody Else (1967-68) 180

Chapter 37 In My Youth I Sought the Truth like Stanley Booth (1967-69) 184

Chapter 38 Stones in My Passway (1969) 191

Chapter 39 "You Got to Move" (1970) 201

Chapter 40 "One More Silver Dollar" (1970) 213

Chapter 41 Return of the Phantom (1970-71) 224

Chapter 42 Hollywood Be Thy Name (1972) 234

Part II Epilogue and the Biblical Chapters

Epilogue 251

Possilutely Bonnaroo 253

Index 259

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