“Lauterbach spins the tale with enormous vitality and it’s terribly fun to read. He masterfully explains the complex logistics of the entertainment industry, and studs the book with fascinating, little-known characters. . . . The reader will finish with an overwhelming urge to turn up the volume.” (Kate Tuttle - Boston Globe)
“A well-researched valentine to a lost world of seedy con men, promoters and club owners, the power brokers and hustlers who made the ‘circuitry spark.’” (Eddie Dean - Wall Street Journal)
“...crucial to our understanding of late-20th-century pop music and all the more impressive for its exhaustive research. Preston Lauterbach’s book—spirited, studious, surprising, occasionally hilarious—is absolutely persuasive on its subject.” (Stephen M. Deusner - PasteMagazine.com)
“Opens new doors in pop-music scholarship as well as American (and African-American) cultural history.” (Michaelangelo Matos - The A. V. Club)
“This sprawling, fascinating history drops readers into a chaotic, dangerous, utterly vanished world.” (John Repp - Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“[T]he genius prequel to an oft-told epic.” (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
About the Author
Preston Lauterbach’s first book, The Chitlin’ Circuit: And the Road to Rock ’n’ Roll was named a best book of the year by the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and NPR. A Curb Visiting Scholar in the Arts at Rhodes College, Lauterbach lives near Charlottesville in Nelson County, Virginia.