Red Hot and Blue

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This collection of over 50 years of writing about the South and its music by Stanley Booth, one of the undisputedly great chroniclers of the subject, is a classic, essential read. Booth’s close contacts with many of the musicians he writes about provide a gateway to truly understanding the music and culture of Memphis and other blues strongholds in the South. Subjects include Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, William Eggleston, Ma Rainey, Blind Willie McTell, Graceland, Beale Street and much more.


Stanley Booth is the author of The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones, Keith: Till I Roll Over Dead and Rythm Oil: A Journey Through the Music of the American South. He has written for Rolling StoneEsquire and Playboy. Before that, he wrote the first serious articles about Elvis Presley and Otis Redding in 1967, and won a major award for his 1970 piece on Furry Lewis. He has continued writing astonishing articles ever since. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.