The Chitlin' Circuit

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The Chitlin' Circuit

And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll

By Preston Lauterbach

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393076523, 338pp.

Publication Date: July 18, 2011

Chosen by The Boston Globe as one of Top Non-Fiction books of 201 An NPR Best Music Book of 201 An Onion AV Club Best Book of 201 The first history of the network of black juke joints that spawned rock 'n' roll through an unholy alliance between vice and entertainment.

About the Author
Preston Lauterbach's first book, The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll was named a best book of the year by the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and NPR. A Curb Visiting Scholar in the Arts at Rhodes College, Lauterbach lives near Charlottesville in Nelson County, Virginia.

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011

Before the Civil Rights movement, segregated American cities helped give birth to the Chitlin' Circuit, a touring revue that provided employment for hundreds of black musicians. Rock historian Ed Ward profiles two recent books which illuminate the conditions these musicians endured. More at

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