Almost no Memphian needs to be reminded that our city is the cradle of rock-and-roll. And of the blues. And of "soul." And of innumerable other streams of popular music, as well as the social revolutions that came with them. So why are we devoting this issue to commemorating the fact? Because, like the city itself, through the Convention & Visitors Bureau and various participating entities, we're in a mood to celebrate that reality -- one that distinguishes us like no other.
We're a crossroads city, a point of historical contact for races and cultures. We developed traditions early on that allowed various genres of music to develop and flower. Yes, we're the real deal, and we know it, even though the fact is, we don't know all the reasons why.
Many of them are summed up in this issue, however, as they are in the current issue of Memphis magazine, our sister publication, and in a comprehensive book that CMI, Inc., our parent organization, will shortly publish in conjunction with the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Thanks, Sam. Thanks, Elvis. Thanks, B.B. Thanks, W.C., Ike, Carl, Willie, Otis, Rufus, Carla. Thanks ... Well, there's no end to such a list, once you get started. That's why we hope you read and enjoy all the aforementioned sources by way of reminder. And by way of celebrating with us.