We are thrilled to announce the imminent release of Memphis author and pop culture historian Ron Hall's newest and finest work! Memphis Rocks: A Concert History, 1955-1985 comes out Rocktober 31, 2014. While this book is a fun-filled visual feast featuring concert ads, flyers, programs, and posters as well as 100s of unpublished, crazy-cool photographs from Memphis concerts, its best feature is that it is the original source for documenting Memphis' rich concert history--from the birth of rock 'n roll in the Sun and Meteor days through the folk-blues revival in the early '60s through the Soul Explosion of the mid-'60s with Stax and Hi to the arena rock era of the the '70s and the oncoming new wave punk explosion of the late '70s and early '80s. If you have ears & eyes and ever attended a live music event, this book is for you!!!! Order today!
We are super excited to announce our latest collaboration with Memphis music historian and author Mr. Ron Hall--a coffee-table book history of Memphis music concerts from 1955-1985 tentatively titled Memphis: The Rock 'n Roll Years to be released in the fall of 2014. We have created a Kickstarter account to raise funds and awareness of the project and have more information about the fascinating book project here. Please feel free to check it out and find out more about becoming a Rock 'n Roll groupie on the front end!
It was 20 years ago today, that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...well, not exactly. No one ever really taught the band how to play, and we are all better off for that. But, 1993 was, indeed, a great time to be a Grifter's fan as One Sock Missing came out of the nowheresville at-the-time music scene of Mid-Town Memphis. The Grifters released one of the all-time great records recorded off Lamar Ave. on Deadrick St. in South Memphis at (the former home of) the great Easley-McCain recording studios as well as in the back room of the flower shop on Poplar, which after this record and all the great reviews came out, got upgraded to the fancy name of "the Shops of Ann Adler" (Everyone got a raise!) It was an honor and a privilege to watch these guys work--through the long running cords, jamboxes, smoke, flowers, Doug & Davis jumping on & off of the control board--all members creating something special. Night after night of good times, almost communal--Roy Berry was there twistin' knobs and what not; Jim Cole was there; even Robert Gordon dropped on by for the bonus track jam! They were exciting times, and it was the true beginning of Shangri-la Projects, trying to figure out this whole independent record business thing with no budgets. One Sock Missing didn't receive any local radio play then or thereafter (hasn't since!!!), and it barely got reviewed in the local papers, but, it busted the band out nationally and internationally. Now, today, this 1st official video for "Bummer" comes out--20 years hence for Grifters' fans past, present, and future to behold and enjoy throughout the world. Pop the champagne, enjoy the video, & hug a Grifter today!
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