Thursday, August 30, 2007

Memphis Music and Heritage Fest is Downtown This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

In Memphis during the early 1980s, the concept of celebrating regional music as cultural heritage was largely dead.

Over a four-year span, musical iconoclasts Gus Cannon, Furry Lewis, and Elvis Presley had passed away. On Beale Street, a dubious urban renewal project — where homes and businesses were bulldozed to create a Disney-like entertainment district — had begun. Both the Sun and Stax studios were silent, and blues, rockabilly, and soul were looked on as antiquated, if not downright obsolete, musical traditions.

Judy Peiser, executive director of the Center for Southern Folklore, decided it was the perfect time to resurrect Mose Vinson's career ...

Read the rest of Andria Lisle's story about this weekend's Memphis Music and Heritage Fest.

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