Music historian Preston Lauterbach will be signing his
non-fiction novel The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll
on April 14th
from 5-7PM at Bay Books.
The Chitlin' Circuit
and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll a definitive account of the birth of rock 'n'
roll in black America, this book establishes the Chitlin' Circuit as a major
force in American musical history. Combining terrific firsthand reporting with
deep historical research, Preston Lauterbach uncovers characters like Chicago
Defender columnist Walter Barnes, who pioneered the circuit in the 1930s, and
larger-than-life promoters such as Denver Ferguson, the Indianapolis gambling
chieftain who consolidated it in the 1940s. Charging from Memphis to Houston
and now-obscure points in between, The Chitlin' Circuit brings us into the
sweaty back rooms where such stars as James Brown, B. B. King, and Little
Richard got their start. With his unforgettable portraits of unsung heroes
including King Kolax, Sax Kari, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown,
Lauterbach writes of a world of clubs and con men that has managed to avoid
much examination despite its wealth of brash characters, intriguing plotlines,
and vulgar glory, and gives us an excavation of an underground musical America.
To reserve your copy of The
Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock 'n' Roll call Bay Books at