The Chitlin' Circuit

And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll

By Preston Lauterbach
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393076523, 338pp.)

Publication Date: July 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Top Ten Non-Fiction books of 2011 Chosen by The Boston Globe as one of Top Non-Fiction books of 2011 An NPR Best Music Book of 2011 An Onion AV Club Best Book of 2011 The first history of the network of black juke joints that spawned rock 'n' roll through an unholy alliance between vice and entertainment.

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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