It Came From Memphis

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2001 - Music - 336 pages
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Robert Gordon begins where most chroniclers of the music world end and spins a magical fairy tale peopled with Delta bluesmen, a peanut vendor, a matinee cowboy, a professional wrestler, and a manic deejay. It Came From Memphis doesn't focus on Elvis, Al Green, or the Sun/Stax studios. Instead it creeps into the shadows cast by those institutions, concentrating on artists like Jim Dickinson and Alex Chilton, and bands like the MarKeys and Big Star. Gordon limns, with respect and the fascination born of true devotion, the story of white teenagers caught in the middle of an extraordinary confluence of music, entrepreneurship, to usher in an exciting new musical form. The result is a rock 'n' roll and Memphis -- its alma mater.
 

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I want to know why there was so much about Campbell kensinger in the book. Kensinger was a thug and a bully,
A police informant. A total sociopath.
Glorifying him only sends a bad message to
younger readers.
I knew him well. I never wanted to be his buddy but to reject him was signing a death warrant ( or should I say I really good ass whipping).
In my opinion there was nothing good about kensinger.
Kensinger was never in Vietnam. Yeah he was in the Marines during the Cuban Missile crisis, he didn't train any killers because he was constantly in the brig.
He probably did get out on the Section 8 but I'm not positive of that.
 

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I wanted to let you know that Mack McCollum is alive and well. So to me Mr. Robert Gordon's book may have a few more facts that are not correct. I know Mack is alive and well because I sat next to him at the kitchen table and had a long talk. He informed me that he is a ghost and of course I had to look up the part in this book where he was supposedly gunned down. Mr. Gordon I would like to know where you got this information. 

Contents

The Dream of a Common Language i
9
Tell Em Phillips Sentcha ii
13
The Worlds Most Perfectly Formed Midget Wrestler
29
Nothing Ever Happens But the Impossible
43
Kicks and Spins and All the Flips
59
Know You Can Play But Can You Dance?
77
Whats What
89
The Catfish That Ate Memphis
111
IO Magic Time
157
n Extreme Realizations
177
Thats Mister Boy to You
199
Stranded in Canton
217
Thank You Friends
235
Attempted Gawk
251
Further Reading Watching and Listening
267
Index of Names
285

Smile on the Outlaw Dreamers Face
135

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About the author (2001)

Robert Gordon has written for major music publications in the United States and England, and has contributed to several books. He produced the Al Green CD box set Anthology, and his liner notes were nominatied for a Grammy&@174;. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning blues documentary All Day and All Night, and his music video work has appeared on MTV, BET, and CMT. He is the author of a forthcoming biography of Muddy Waters and director of the companion documentary. He lives in Memphis with his wife and two daughters.

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