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Preston Lauterbach Book Signing

posted Mar 19, 2012, 11:33 AM by Jeremy Burke

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 228.463.2688