The Chitlin Circuit: And the Road to Rock n Roll by Preston LauterbachA very excellent history of early rock n roll and early music in general. This will probably only interest the hard core fan of old swing, blues and rock n roll. There is also a lot of history about famous historical black sections of town (pre-desegregation and public housing act) that had a thriving culture and successful businesses like Beale Street and how they contributed to the history of rock n roll and music in general.
It mentions such greats as Little Richard and B.B. King and many other people who got their start on what was then known as the ChitlinCircuit. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in old music. A great read of what could have been a very boring subject but Lauterbach keeps it interesting with personal tidbits about the history of the songs including some of the early song lyrics that were later changed for public and white consumption and the personal histories of the people themselves (musicians, club owners and promoters that made up this interesting time in music history and history in general. I put it on my best reads pile.
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Through at least the first third of the 20th century, segregation prevented many talented African American performers from working in high-paying white-owned nightclubs and similar lucrative venues. They selected and controlled the acts as well as the clubs allowed to join the circuit. Squeezing cash from the circuit was simple for men with good business minds like Denver Ferguson of the Indianapolis Bronzeville. Often, they would serve several bookers simultaneously. Page after page, Mr.
Instead, generations of black and later white musicians who worked in traveling pop orchestras cultivated it, emphasizing melodic volatility and onstage excitability as they went. Some memorable personalities, however, have largely and perhaps unfairly been forgotten, even after exerting an indelible influence on subsequent generations. Jimmie Lunceford may not be a household name, but he routinely performed at Memphis high schools in the s and s. A mainstay in the Bronzeville section of Indianapolis, Ferguson ran a print shop that fronted a numbers racket. His major innovation? He printed betting forms as baseball scorecards, the better to fool police.