The Chitlin' Circuit by Preston Lauterbach
And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll

83%

14 Critic Reviews

... Lauterbach's first book is a rocking read and a deserving tribute to the people and places who were the foundations of rock and roll.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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


For generations, "chitlin' circuit" has meant second tier—brash performers in raucous nightspots far from the big-city limelight. Now, music journalist Preston Lauterbach combines terrific firsthand reportage with deep historical research to offer a groundbreaking account of the birth of rock 'n' roll in black America.
 

About Preston Lauterbach

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Preston Lauterbach lives with his wife and children in Memphis, Tennessee. The Chitlin' Circuit is his first book. He is at work on a history of Beale Street, the birthplace of the blues.
 
Published July 18, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 353 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Chitlin' Circuit
All: 14 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on May 04 2011

A lack of organizational rigor derails an interesting tale.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 18 2011

... Lauterbach's first book is a rocking read and a deserving tribute to the people and places who were the foundations of rock and roll.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by EDDIE DEAN on Jul 16 2011

His chronicle evokes in all its wooliness the storied past and indestructible spirit of a crucial American subculture...

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Michael Cala on Jul 18 2011

This intensively researched, slyly humorous, and appealing book should have been written years ago, as it fills a knowledge gap in American musical history.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Michaelangelo Matos on Aug 10 2011

Lauterbach gathers colorful stories...He’s also a keen stylist, loquacious and hard-boiled, equally effective at evoking the dirty street life of “the stroll”...

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley on Feb 17 2013

It brought a lot of joy to people who didn’t have much, and it brought splendid music to all of us. Lauterbach’s tribute to it is welcome and overdue.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
Reviewed by David Kirby on Aug 02 2011

...a fact-studded and exhaustively researched book...

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by June Sawyers on Feb 17 2013

A major achievement and an important contribution to American musical history.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Good
Reviewed by L. Kent Wolgamott on Sep 07 2011

...he has told a story that needed to be recorded, capturing a slice of American musical and cultural history...

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Austin Chronicle

Above average
Reviewed by Margaret Moser on Oct 21 2011

...what makes this book important is how its author stitches together the loose string of black clubs dotting mostly the American South and ties them to the rise of rock & roll.

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AARP

Good
Reviewed by Robert Cataliotti on Sep 12 2011

It’s a surprising story — by which I mean a little-known one — and Memphis journalist Preston Lauterbach tells it with verve...

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Southern Lit Review

Good
Reviewed by Adele Annesi on Jun 18 2011

... Lauterbach has gigs to record and musicians to do justice to. The book accomplishes this goal, and it is likely to stand as an inclusive review of the lives and times of the chitlin’ circuit on the way to rock and roll.

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American Blues Scene

Above average
Reviewed by Michael Rugel on Oct 03 2011

There are a lot of great stories here. Lauterbach pays tribute to these men without sanitizing them.

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Black Grooves

Good
Reviewed by Brenda Nelson-Strauss on Sep 01 2011

Lauterbach’s engaging and witty writing style makes for an enjoyable read.

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