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Memphis Music by Carol M. Highsmith
Memphis Music by Carol M. Highsmith

Memphis Music, 2008

Carol M. Highsmith

Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee has been playing the blues for more than half a century. Named after an unknown military hero in 1841, it acted as General Ulysses S. Grant's headquarters during the Civil War. But, Beale Street's heyday was in the 1920s, when the area took on a carnival atmosphere and gambling, drinking, prostitution, murder and voodoo thrived alongside the booming nightclubs, theaters, restaurants, stores, pawnshops, and hot music.

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