Lauterbach, Preston

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Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers

This fascinating glimpse behind the creation of iconic civil rights photos never quite flushes out the main thesis exploring Withers's FBI informant career. Marc Perrusquia's A Spy in Canaan offers a more thorough exploration.

Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis

While sex and song (as promised in the book's subtitle) are present at times, this account is really about politics and power in a major Southern city. Recommended for all readers interested in Memphis or in African American history. [See Prepub Alert, 10/13/14.]

The Chitlin' Circuit

A great read, well written and insightful. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the seedy history of American popular music.

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